Academic Events

The department hosts a number of regularly scheduled scholarly talks and meetings that welcome interested guests. Click the drop-down for a description of each event. Dates, times, and Dennison Building room numbers are provided.

Astro CoffeeTues @ 10:30 Rm 845

The department holds a regular coffee discussion of current astronomical research during Fall and Winter semesters. (Summer schedules vary.) Members of the department can access a list of presenters and papers on the astro coffee internal wiki site.

View the Google Calendar

Tea & ColloquiaThurs @ 3:30 in 411 West Hall

U-M and visiting astronomers present their findings and field questions. Colloquia are generally preceded by tea and cookies in 302 West Hall at 3:00. View the Google Calender at For more information, please contact

Lunch TalksWed @ 12:00 in 411 West Hall

Graduate students present their research over lunch during the Fall and Winter semesters.

Star-Formation Journal ClubTues (alt) @ 3:00 Rm 845

The Star-Formation Journal Club meets every other Tuesday. You can join the star-formation group by going to the U-M online directory. Members of the group can send emails to the group at

Extreme Astrophysics Journal ClubThurs @ 11:00 Rm 845

Extreme Astrophysics meetings focus on phenomena related to deep gravitational potentials: compact objects; high-energy astrophysics; galaxy clusters and so on. At each meeting participants review a paper from the literature or present aspects of their own research.

We aim for vigorous, accessible discussions with a focus on physics and methods. Presentations should not look like conference talks; instead, we encourage an informal teaching style that a first-year graduate student would understand. (The preparation should be easy — whiteboards are fine; no PowerPoints necessary.)

You can find our schedule on the Extreme Astrophysics CTools website. Join this site by going to My Workspace → Membership → Joinable Site. You must have a uniqname or friend account to join.

External speakers are welcome. For more information contact:

Astrochemistry: Molecule FunBiennial series

Molecule Fun addresses the physics of molecules in astronomy (such as molecular clouds and star formation). The group meets in the Owl room. To receive announcements of meeting times and topics, join the email group (a uniquname or friend account is required to join). Contact Ted Bergin for more information or if you don't have a uniqname or friend account.

Physics EventsSee Physics site

The Physics Department hosts Physics Colloquia, High-Energy Physics/Astro Seminars, and a Cosmology Group, which often have presentations of interest to Astronomy and Astrophysics researchers.