Prof James Binney awarded ERC advanced grant

25 October 2012

The European Research Council has awarded Prof James Binney a five-year Advanced Grant of nearly 2m Eu to fund work on extracting science from large surveys of our Galaxy. In combination with existing STFC funding, the grant will enable a team comprising Prof Binney, Dr Magorrian, four postdoctoral researchers and several students to (a) infer the structure of our Galaxy and its likely manner of formation from ongoing ground-based surveys, and (b) to develop the analysis techniques that will be used to exploit data returned by Gaia, a Cornerstone Mission of the European Space Agency. Gaia is scheduled for launch in the second half of 2013.