11 July 2013

The Science and Technology Facilities Council have announced the 2013 round of Ernest Rutherford Fellowships. These are prestigious 5 year fellowships which may be held in science areas supported by STFC; principally particle physics, astrophysics, planetary physics and accelerator physics. If you are interested in applying for one of these fellowships to be held in the Oxford Physics Department please see for further information.

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.
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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

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.

10 May 2013

The video recording of the 54th Cherwell-Simon Lecture on "Emergent Law", held by Prof Robert B Laughlin (Stanford University, Nobel Prize in Physics 1998) on 3rd May 2013, is now available. Please click below:

16 April 2013

Prof Julia Yeomans, Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics has been awarded the EPJE Pierre Gilles De Gennes Lecture Prize, for her profound contribution to the study of the dynamical behaviour of complex and active liquids in confined geometries.