Double win for Oxford Physics at Impact Awards

15 February 2017

Two researchers from the Department of Physics scooped prizes at the annual MPLS Impact Awards, which aim to foster and raise awareness of impact by rewarding it at a local level. The awards were presented by Prof Alison Noble at the MPLS Winter Reception to Prof Myles Allen and Prof Achillefs Kapanidis.

Prof Achillefs Kapanidis, was one of three winners in the category for research that has had substantial impact since 1st August 2013. Prof Kapanidis was recognised for his research that led to the development of the Nanoimager; a compact, robust, easy-to-use high-resolution fluorescence microscope based on detecting single molecules. Prof Kapanidis co-founded Oxford Nanoimaging in 2016, to commercialise the product which has applications in research, diagnostics, drug discovery and chemical analysis.

Prof Myles Allen, won the lifetime award for successfully engaging externally and promoting impact: Prof Allen was recognised for advancing public understanding of the complex links between climate change and extreme weather events, in particular through public-participation computer modelling experiments under the and weather@home initiatives. Myles' group pioneered the use of distributed computing resources donated by the general public to compare weather-related risks in the world as it is today with the “world that might have been” in the absence of human influence on climate through the project, the world’s largest ensemble climate modelling experiments. Through regular radio, television and press briefings, he has worked relentlessly to provide a balanced view of the physics of climate change and the causal connections between climate change and the probability of extreme weather events.

For more information on the MPLS Impact Awards, and other winners, click here