The ATOM Society is an Abingdon based society that is open to everybody with an interest in science and technology. Every month we have talks and friendly events for our members. All our talks are open to members of the public.

We have hosted talks on; the Circadian Rhythm, Computational Biology, the James Webb Space Telescope, the Large Hadron Collider, seabirds, developing a Malaria vaccine and much more! For information on future topics, please visit our upcoming events page.

If you would like to learn more, come along to an event or contact our secretary for more information.


Our regular monthly talks take place at Abingdon United Football Club, Northcourt Rd, Abingdon, OX14 1PL. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.

We usually hold a Christmas party during December, a drinks and nibbles evening during the summer and our November talk is preceded by a brief AGM. In the past we have also organised other events, such as visiting the Diamond Light Source in Harwell. Suggestions for events are always welcome. If you have any ideas, please e-mail our secretary.

Entrance to the talks costs £3 for non-members. Under 18’s and society members are free of charge.


It’s very easy to become a member, just show up at an event and talk to one of the committee. The yearly membership fee is £15 for individuals or £25 for families. You can pay the treasurer using cash, cheque or bank transfer. Please complete the membership form and send it to the treasurer or bring it to the next meeting.

The ATOM Festival

Every March the ATOM Festival brings science and technology to the heart of Abingdon-on-Thames. After a variety of talks and family-friendly community events, the festival culminates in the headline Peagram Lecture. Previous speakers have included Hannah Fry, Jim Al-Khalili and Helen Czerski.

Although the ATOM Society and ATOM Festival are run by separate organisations, there are strong links between the two and for much of their history they have been chaired by the same person.

One of the talks during the festival usually takes the place of the monthly ATOM Society talk and is free for society members to attend.

For more information about the festival, please visit the ATOM Festival website.