20 March 2014

Congratulations to Professor Guy Wilkinson who has been elected Spokesperson of the LHCb collaboration. The experiment, located at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, is a multi-national particle-physics collaboration involving 67 institutes from 16 countries with over 1000 members. The experiment is making precision studies of CP violation and rare decays of beauty and charm (“heavy flavour”) hadrons and is searching for signatures of new physics beyond the Standard Model. Guy will take up his 3-year term of office from July this year.

19 March 2014

Oxford Physics Postdoc research fellow Tessa Baker has won a gold medal and £3,000 in the SET for Britain poster competition finals held at the House of Commons on 17 March.

She was among 210 early career researchers who were shortlisted to display their work to politicians and a panel of expert judges.

13 March 2014

Dr. Mitya Pushkin, a PDRA at the University of Oxford, hailing from Minsk, Belarus is attending Parliament to present his physics research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 17 March.

Mitya’s poster on research about fluctuations and mixing that occur in suspensions of of swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and algae, will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind. Mitya has carried out this work in collaboration with Prof. Julia M.

26 February 2014

The University of Oxford Centre for Astrophysical Surveys has been established with the help of a £1.5m gift from the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation established by businessman and philanthropist Sir Michael Hintze.

26 February 2014

The Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society has awarded Edmund Highcock its prize for the best PhD thesis of 2012. Edmund, whose supervisor was Alex Schekochihin, is currently a Fellow by Examination of Magdalen College and works in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics. His thesis was entitled "The zero turbulence manifold of fusion plasmas".

11 February 2014

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics researchers feature strongly as contributors to the first edition of the new series of the BBC's Sky at Night programme on BBC4 presented by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Oxford Astrophysics's Chris Lintott.

10 February 2014

On 23rd January at the Rutherford Appleton laboratory, over 200 people gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Godfrey Stafford, who was Director of the Laboratory from 1969 till 1981, and who died last July at the age of 93.

Stafford was one of the leaders in the creation of the Laboratory, and in the diversification of its role to meet the evolving needs of Big Science.

6 February 2014

Distinguished Astrophysicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, FRS, FRSE, MRIA will succeed Sir John Arbuthnott MRIA as the newly elected President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) starting October 2014.

Commenting on the election, Sir John said, "I am delighted to welcome Dame Jocelyn as my successor.

17 January 2014

Chris Lintott has been awarded the Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize of the American Astronomical Society for the creation of the Zooniverse. The award is in recognition of the citizen science programs at, which have led nearly a million people to discover and classify galaxies, planets and star clusters.

The first project, Galaxy Zoo, was launched in 2007 and we now support more than twenty projects in astronomy and other disciplines.

13 January 2014

The Fowler Prize in Astronomy has been awarded to Dr Joanna Dunkley from Astrophysics at the University of Oxford.

Joanna has played a leading role in a number of high profile experiments measuring anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background. These include the NASA WMAP satellite, the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and most recently, the ESA Planck satellite. A key characteristic of her research is her application of advanced statistical techniques to complex data.