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1 July 2013

Professor Peter Norreys has been awarded the 2013 Payne-Gaposchkin Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics for his pioneering contributions to the physics of fast particle generation and energy transport in relativistic laser-plasma interactions.
Further details can be seen at http://www.iop.org/about/awards/subject/payne_gaposchkin-/medallists/page_60384.html

1 July 2013

Dr Jo Dunkley has been awarded the 2013 Maxwell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics for her contributions to determining the structure and history of our Universe. Further details can be seen at

24 June 2013

On Monday 24th June, BBC4, 21:00 hours, Professor Robert Taylor will feature on this series, talking from the Lindemann Lecture Theatre about measurement with Professor Marcus du Sautoy.

9 June 2013

Richard Passmore, a current student within Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at The University of Oxford, has won a prestigious scholarship to attend summer camp at the International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Program (SSP13).

30 May 2013

Steven Balbus, Savilian Professor of Astronomy, and John Hawley (University of Virginia, USA), have been jointly awarded the 2013 Shaw Prize "for their discovery and study of the magnetorotational instability, and for demonstrating that this instability leads to turbulence and is a viable mechanism for angular momentum transport in astrophysical accretion disks." The Shaw Prize is widely considered to be among the highest honours in astronomy. Further details can be found at http://www.shawprize.org

21 May 2013

A new study led by Oxford University concludes that the latest observations of the climate system's response to rising greenhouse gas levels are consistent with conventional estimates of the long-term 'climate sensitivity', despite a "warming pause" over the past decade. However, the most extreme rates of warming simulated by the current generation of climate models over 50-100 year timescales are looking less likely, according to the paper published online by Nature Geoscience.

25 March 2013

Europe's Planck satellite has compiled the most detailed map ever of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). The map gives a picture of how the Universe looked just 380,000 years after the Big Bang, and shows the seeds of cosmic structure.

The team behind the mission, including scientists from Oxford, report results giving a more accurate recipe for the composition of the Universe and the relative amounts of dark matter and dark energy, and bolsters evidence for inflation in the early Universe.

4 March 2013

Subir Sarkar, Head of the Particle Theory Group in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics has been named Niels Bohr Professor 2013-18 by the Danish National Research Foundation. The award of 29 million kroner (~3.4 million pounds) is for setting up an international research group at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen in astroparticle physics. Titled "Connecting Inner Space & Outer Space" this will cover both fundamental theory and participation in novel experiments e.g. the IceCube neutrino observatory at the South Pole.

13 February 2013

Cleantech investment specialists MTI Partners has announced the completion of a £2 million investment round in Oxford Photovoltaics Limited (OPV), an Oxford University spin-out Materials/Cleantech company commercializing solid-state dye sensitized solar cells for the Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) sector.