News archive: 2019

Yearly listings of School news.

Physics activities at the Midlothian Science Festival

17 December 2019
The School of Physics and Astronomy was delighted to run microbe workshops and an escape room at the Midlothian Science Festival in October.

School’s Higgs Scholarships for MSc candidates

16 December 2019
Six Higgs Scholarships are available to MSc applicants studying in 2020/21.

Partnership to promote STEM in local primary school leads to award success

10 December 2019
Congratulations to Castleview Primary School who win the Rolls-Royce Science Prize and Eden Award.

Solving fossil mystery could aid quest for ancient life on Mars

27 November 2019
The search for evidence of life on Mars could be helped by fresh insights into ancient rocks on Earth.

Observing the intruder from interstellar space

26 November 2019
Researchers study comet which has come from beyond our Solar System.

Presentation of medals and awards to outstanding students

25 November 2019
Congratulations to students who received Medals, Certificates, Prizes and Scholarships at the School of Physics & Astronomy Undergraduate Student Awards Ceremony.

UK researchers awarded £30m investment in global science project

21 November 2019
The University of Edinburgh has received £650,000 to provide essential contributions to the DUNE experiment.

Celebrating project success

13 November 2019
Students, staff, industry and supporters gathered to learn about the career development projects students completed, and to announce the winner of the best project report and poster.

Delving into dark matter

06 November 2019
Dr Xin Ran Liu joins scientists and an audience of 100,000 on ‘World Dark Matter Day’ to discuss the substance which makes up most of the universe.

New telescope instrument sheds light on Dark Energy

04 November 2019
Edinburgh scientists are taking part in the most detailed survey of the Universe ever undertaken.

‘Traffic jams’ slow down gene expression

10 October 2019
Interdisciplinary work between colleagues in physics and biology propose a new mechanism for controlling gene expression via ‘traffic jams’ of biomolecules.

The violent history of the big galaxy next door

03 October 2019
Astronomers have pieced together the cannibalistic past of the neighbouring large galaxy Andromeda, which has set its sights on our Milky Way as the main course.

Physics and Astronomy at the Postgraduate Open Day, 13 November 2019

02 October 2019
Physics and Astronomy at the Postgraduate Open Day, 13 November 2019

New frontier for science as astronomers detect gas molecules in comet from another star

30 September 2019
An international team of astronomers have made a historic discovery, detecting gas molecules in a comet which has tumbled into our solar system from another star.

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.

Great chocolate is a complex mix of science, physicists reveal

08 May 2019
Researchers study a 140-year-old mixing technique which reveals what makes good chocolate.

Successful Athena SWAN Silver status renewal

08 May 2019
The School of Physics and Astronomy has had its Athena SWAN Silver status renewed in recognition of our efforts in addressing gender equality.

90th birthday celebrations for Professor Peter Higgs

23 April 2019
To mark Peter Higgs’s 90th birthday and to honour his legacy, a year of activities aimed at scientists, current students, alumni and the wider public are taking place.

Simulations show how to unknot our genome

16 April 2019
Computational evidence shows how the synergy of topoisomerase and structural-maintenance-of-chromosomes proteins work to keep DNA entanglement-free.

Community partnership work leads to award recognition for Dr Jean-Christophe Denis

10 April 2019
Congratulations to Dr Jean-Christophe Denis who received the University of Edinburgh’s Community Partnership Award for his work with the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine and the Craigmillar community.

School's successful conference showcases undergraduate student research

09 April 2019
Conference showcased the research undertaken by students and highlighted projects where new discoveries have led to the publication of student work.

Elements can be solid and liquid at the same time, study reveals

09 April 2019
Scientists have discovered a new state of physical matter in which atoms can exist as both solid and liquid simultaneously.

Exhibition charts the work of ‘Edinburgh’s Forgotten Astronomer’ Charles Piazzi Smyth

04 April 2019
New Nelson Monument exhibition – part of a year-long series of events - opens in Edinburgh to establish Charles Piazzi Smyth’s place in Edinburgh’s history.

Encouraging greater diversity in physics

27 March 2019
The Institute of Physics is launching a bursary scheme to help under-represented students to become physics researchers, thanks to the donation of prize funds from Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

Dr Carlo Bruno has been selected to participate in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

05 March 2019
Congratulations to Carlo who will participate in this event which focuses on the exchange of knowledge and ideas between Nobel Laureates and young scientists.

Successful IOP Juno Champion award renewal

20 February 2019
The School of Physics and Astronomy has had its status as Juno Champion renewed in recognition of our continuing efforts in addressing gender equality and fostering a more inclusive working environment.

Astronomers release first part of deep all-sky radio survey with LOFAR

19 February 2019
Hundreds of thousands of previously undetected galaxies are revealed, shedding new light on many research areas, including the physics of black holes and how clusters of galaxies evolve.

PhD training centres making way for future leaders in soft matter and mathematical modelling

06 February 2019
PhD studentships available in two new collaborative EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training in which we are partners.

Iron-rich planet formed after distant worlds’ high-speed collision

05 February 2019
A head-on collision between distant worlds led to the formation of an iron-rich planet nearly ten times as heavy as Earth, a study shows.

Postgraduate Virtual Open Week

31 January 2019
Discover more about our MSc programmes during the virtual events taking place 11 - 15 March 2019.

Thomas Graham Award for Prof Wilson Poon

15 January 2019
Congratulations to Professor Wilson Poon who has been awarded the Thomas Graham Lecture, an award made for work in colloid science by the Royal Society of Chemistry & the Society of Chemical Industry.

Life Beyond - From Prison to Mars

10 January 2019
Feedback on outreach project on the exploration and settlement of space.