1 May 2014

Professor Joe Silk elected to National Academy of Sciences

Congratulations to Professor Joe Silk, who has been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. Joe is the former Savilian Professor of Astronomy and is an Emeritus Professorial Fellow of New College. He has also has affiliations with the Institut d'astrophysique de Paris and Johns Hopkins University. Joe has published widely in many different areas of theoretical astrophysics, and is especially well known for his contributions to cosmology, where he originated the idea of "Silk damping", a process important for setting the galactic mass scale.


28 April 2014

55th Cherwell-Simon Lecture 2014

We are delighted to announce that the 2014 Cherwell-Simon Lecture will be given by Prof Peter Higgs CH DSc PhD MSc BSc FRS FRSE FInstP, Emeritus Professor University of Edinburgh, on 16th May at 4.30 pm in the Andrew Wiles Building, Mathematical Institute.

Prof Higgs will lecture on “My Life as Boson”.

23 April 2014

Mireia Crispin Ortuzar awarded Winton prize

Congratulations to Mireia Crispin Ortuzar who has been awarded the Winton Prize 2014 for the most promising D.Phil student in Physics for work in the area of Statistical Analysis of data.

The 10th Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture

7 May 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
General public (Age 14+)

The 10th Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture

Professor James Binney
Department of Physics, Merton College and All Souls Visiting Lecturer, University of Oxford

Galaxies and the intergalactic medium

For more information contact: 

Leanne O'Donnell
01865 613973

20 March 2014

Professor Guy Wilkinson elected as Spokesperson for LHCb

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.

Oxford Symposium on Quantum Materials 2014

2 May 2014 - 8:45am to 5:30pm
Somerville College, Oxford
Conference Centre
Specialised / research interest

An annual interdisciplinary forum to bring together physicists, chemists, materials scientists and theoreticians in and around Oxford to advance the science and promote direct collaboration between groups interested in novel quantum materials and phenomena. This meeting is organized by the Quantum Materials group in Condensed Matter Physics.

For more information contact: 

For further information please contact:
Amalia I. Coldea and Paolo G. Radaelli

26 February 2014

Generous gift from Sir Michael Hintze’s Family Charitable Trust

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. The Centre will fund a team of research fellows and graduate students that will provide a focus for the physicists at Oxford working on surveys searching for the invisible dark matter and dark energy thought to make up 95% of the Universe, exploring transient sources such as pulsars, and looking at how galaxies evolve.


13 January 2014

Dr Joanna Dunkley awarded The Fowler Prize/RAS

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


4 December 2013

Prof. Bortoletto elected as a Fellow by AAAS

Professor Daniela Bortoletto* (Particle Physics) has been elected as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The Council and peers have elected members 'who have made scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications and who have been continuous members for the four years preceding their nomination'.
We congratulate Daniela and wish her continued success in her career.