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.

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:

10 May 2013

Prof Julia Yeomans has been elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society, the citation on their website is as follows:

Professor of Physics, The Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford

Julia Yeomans is distinguished for her development of novel numerical and analytical modelling tools to investigate a wide range of complex fluids. New approaches are needed for these materials because the physics covers a wide range of length and time scales, from details of microscopic molecular interactions to collective hydrodynamics.

8 May 2013

Visitors to, which was launched on 8 May 2013, are being asked to spot these important astronomical objects, more commonly called ‘gravitational lenses’, in hundreds of thousands of deep sky images. (There is a gravitational lens in the image above, in amongst hundreds of other galaxies - can you spot it?) Armchair astronomers could be the first humans to see these galaxies, each one of which is several billion light years away.

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.

25 March 2013

Europe's Planck satellite has compiled the most detailed map ever of the cosmic microwave background (CMB).

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.

21 February 2013

Have you had a look at 'What's Hot' on the front page of iTunesU? You would have seen that the Stargazing podcast series is listed there.

For a complete list of free podcasts, check here.

18 February 2013

On Tuesday 26 February at 2pm in the Sheldonian there will be an open afternoon to showcase the diversity of climate research in Oxford, and give a flavour of the opportunities for research and collaboration across departments. Open to all, including undergraduates thinking about climate research; graduates, post-docs and faculty, to learn about what is going on in other departments; and interested members of the public. This event is organised by the Oxford Climate Research Network.