News archive: 2022

Yearly listings of School news.

New MSc in Astrobiology and Planetary Sciences at the University of Edinburgh

21 December 2022
As the UK’s first Masters in astrobiology, this programme builds on Edinburgh’s substantial and leading role in astrobiology, geobiology and planetary sciences.

Super spokesperson for SuperNEMO

16 December 2022
Dr Cheryl Patrick has been elected as co-spokesperson for an international collaboration working to uncover the mysteries of neutrinos.

UK-led robotic sky scanner reveals its first galactic fingerprint

12 December 2022
Major telescope upgrade maps out the spectra of galaxies 280 million light years away.

Research fellowship success for Alex Hall

09 December 2022
Congratulations to astrophysicist Dr Alex Hall who has been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.

Interfacial rheology goes contactless

05 December 2022
Fluorescence microscopy enables measuring the mechanical properties of liquid interfaces without disturbing them.

Progress towards hydrogen-based solid superconductivity

01 December 2022
Scientists uncover the surprising hydrogen content variability in novel lanthanum hydrides.

Biofilm capability boosted by new funding

22 November 2022
Expansion of world-class research and innovation through national biofilms centre.

Investigating dark energy and dark matter

21 November 2022
Edinburgh astronomers awarded UK Space Agency funding for international mission.

Postgraduate Virtual Open Days, 15-17 November

28 October 2022
The School of Physics & Astronomy will take part in the University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Virtual Open Days.

Nuclear physics research recognition for Carlo Bruno

25 October 2022
Congratulations to Dr Carlo Bruno who has been awarded the Young Investigator prize in Nuclear Physics.

Dr Ross Galloway’s award recognition for contributions to physics education

24 October 2022
Congratulations to Dr Ross Galloway on who has been awarded the 2022 Institute of Physics Marie Curie-Sklodowska Medal and Prize.

Understanding our Universe with the help of machine learning

20 October 2022
Machine learning provides a new way of revealing the physical quantities behind the images observed by telescopes.

Exhibition showcasing art-physics collaboration

29 September 2022
Art work produced following a summer collaboration will be exhibited in an Edinburgh gallery this October.

Edinburgh team part of NASA DART mission

26 September 2022
The DART - OPTiK team will observe NASA’s asteroid deflection mission from their base in Kenya.

Edinburgh students install first Hyperloop test track

23 September 2022
The UK’s first Hyperloop test track has been built by students from the University’s HYPED team, at the King’s Buildings.

Undergraduate Open Days

08 September 2022
Come along to our Open Days to find out more about studying at the University of Edinburgh and the School of Physics & Astronomy

The first image of an exoplanet with the James Webb Space Telescope

01 September 2022
Astronomers have taken the first image of an exoplanet – a planet beyond our solar system – with the James Webb Space Telescope.

Physics plays part in predicting cancer

09 August 2022
Polymer physics modelling predicts interactions in cancer genomes.

The most distant galaxy discovered by Edinburgh astronomers

29 July 2022
Observations from the James Webb Space Telescope have revealed the most distant galaxy so far.

Sensitive dark matter detector comes to life

08 July 2022
Sensitive dark matter detector comes to life

Children of the cosmic web: The seeds of super-massive black holes

06 July 2022
Computer simulation shows the seeding of super-massive black holes as a natural by-product of structure formation via the cosmic web.

Applications invited for Postdoctoral Fellowships

05 July 2022
The School welcomes applications from both external and internal scientists interested in applying for personal fellowships.

UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship success

16 June 2022
Congratulations to Dr William Barter who has been awarded a UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship, and will be joining the School’s Particle Physics Experiment Group.

Award recognition for Professor Wilson Poon

15 June 2022
Eugene C. Bingham Medal awarded for contributions to the field of rheology.

Comet chaser mission moves from blueprint to reality

13 June 2022
Mission will further our understanding of the evolution of comets and will help solve some of the mysteries of the Universe.

A massive new harvest of astronomical data

13 June 2022
The European Space Agency has released a new tranche of processed data from the Gaia space observatory – the result of several years’ work by hundreds of scientists, including a team at the Institute for Astronomy.

Overcoming the ‘coffee ring effect’

27 May 2022
Polymeric additives enable homogeneous drying of dispersed particles.

Recognition for Professor Jorge Peñarrubia

16 May 2022
‘Felicidades’ to Professor Jorge Peñarrubia who has become a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences.

A major success for Physics & Astronomy in Edinburgh

12 May 2022
We are delighted to announce that the University of Edinburgh has been rated as one of the top centres for Physics & Astronomy research in the UK.

Heavens need environmental protection like the Earth

25 April 2022
Space urgently needs special legal protection similar to that given to land, sea and atmosphere to protect its fragile environment.

Congratulations to the new Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellows

22 March 2022
Professors Marialuisa Aliotta and Sinead Farrington join the 80 names recognised as being some of the greatest thinkers, researchers and practitioners working in or with Scotland today.

£3.5 million for particle physics research

09 March 2022
Edinburgh group awarded £3.5M to carry out cutting edge physics research.

Celebrating Scotland’s Einstein

08 March 2022
Exploring the life and legacy of James Clerk Maxwell

Postgraduate Virtual Open Days, 22 - 24 March 2022

21 February 2022
Find out about our MSc degrees in Physics and Astronomy and hear from our students and staff

Biological particles reach for the stars

14 February 2022
High-speed winds in space blow biological particles into higher altitudes than previously thought.

Dissolving oil in water

07 February 2022
Calculations and experimental techniques prove that at high pressure oil can dissolve in water, but water cannot dissolve in oil.

Viruses are facing a new charge

02 February 2022
Exploiting the behaviour of RNA viruses to help inspire new disinfection processes.

Elizabeth Gardner Four-Year Fellowship

21 January 2022
New research opportunity seeks to encourage greater diversity within the School community.

Herschel Medal in Astronomy awarded to Professor Catherine Heymans

17 January 2022
Royal Astronomical Society’s medal was awarded for her ground-breaking analysis of the evolution of large-scale structures in the Universe using weak gravitational lensing.

Student award winners announced

12 January 2022
Congratulations to students who received medals, certificates, prizes and scholarships at the School’s Undergraduate and MSc Student Awards Ceremony.

The Milky Way’s feeding habits shine a light on dark matter

12 January 2022
Astronomers are closer to revealing the dark matter enveloping our Milky Way galaxy, thanks to a new map of twelve streams of stars orbiting within our Galactic halo.

Funding success supports research in nuclear physics and galaxy evolution

11 January 2022
Congratulations to Dr Carlo Bruno and Dr Fergus Cullen who have received European Research Council starting grants.