Latest news in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Prof Jim Dunlop as new Head of School

29 August 2019
Prof Arthur Trew has stepped down as Head of School after 8 years. As Prof Jim Dunlop takes the helm, he tells us about his vision for the School.

World first as kits designed to extract metals from Moon and Mars blast off for space station tests

29 July 2019
Rock mining in space could open up a new frontier in space exploration by giving astronauts the resources they need for long periods away from Earth.

Recognition for Prof Wilson Poon for his contribution to soft matter physics

04 July 2019
Congratulations to Prof Wilson Poon who has been awarded the Sam Edwards Medal and Prize

Solving the mystery of ‘Oumuamua

02 July 2019
New analysis suggests a natural origin for our first interstellar visitor, ‘Oumuamua

Comet Interceptor: ESA selects spacecraft mission to an ancient world

24 June 2019
The European Space Agency (ESA) has just announced that its latest mission, Comet Interceptor, will visit a comet from the very edge of our Solar System.

Congratulations to Dr Alexandra Amon who has been awarded The Michael Penston Thesis Prize 2018

18 June 2019
The Royal Astronomical Society awards Dr Amon the Michael Penston prize for the best thesis in astronomy and astrophysics.

Congratulations to Dr Alan Walker who has been elected a Trustee of the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation

18 June 2019
Working to commemorate the Scottish physicist who formulated the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation.

Funds secured to undertake research on the physics of antimicrobial resistance

12 June 2019
An EPSRC grant has been secured to find out how dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria differ from less dangerous antibiotic-sensitive ones.

Congratulations to Dr Anna Lisa Varri who has won the 2019 Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship

11 June 2019
The Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship supports promising female astronomers early in their careers.

A week of goo galore in the Scottish capital!

03 June 2019
From 3-7 June 2019, Edinburgh welcomes hundreds of scientists from around the world for the International Soft Matter Conference.

90th birthday celebrations for Peter Higgs

31 May 2019
School children and colleagues help mark Peter Higgs’ 90th birthday with a birthday card competition and celebratory dinner.

Applications invited for Postdoctoral Fellowships

29 May 2019
The School welcomes applications from both external and internal scientists interested in applying for personal fellowships.

Congratulations to the School’s Edinburgh Award winners

14 May 2019
Students involved in the School’s Physics Outreach Team and Maths Buddies scheme receive awards for their completion of the Edinburgh Award programme.

Vacancy: Higgs Chair of Theoretical Physics

13 May 2019
Applications are invited for the vacancy of Higgs Chair of Theoretical Physics.

Dr Anna Lisa Varri awarded Future Leaders Fellowship

13 May 2019
Dr Varri has been awarded a UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship as part of the Government’s aims to secure the country as world-leading in scientific research and innovation.