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SPS PhD student Heidi Thiemann scoops poster prize at National Astronomy Meeting 2019


Congratulations to second year PhD student Heidi Thiemann who was awarded second prize in the Oxford University Press Poster Competition the National Astronomy Meeting 2019 at Lancaster University in July for her poster titled "Investigation of the Rotation-Activity Relation in the SuperWASP All-Sky Survey". Her prize was awarded by the Royal Astronomical Society. 

9th July 2019

Dr Diane Turner has been elected to be a future President of the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Chemistry Division

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With a landslide victory of 43% of the votes, one of our recent PhD student graduates, and long-term strategic partner, Dr Diane Turner has been elected as future President of the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Chemistry Division.

27th June 2019

SPS researchers build new algorithm to model blood supply to the brain

A new algorithm has been developed by OU physicists which will make it possible to model the supply of blood to the brain.

See here for full story and a link to the research paper here.

25th June 2019

Astrobiology Research Group awarded £6.7 million from Research England

Congratulations to the Astrobiology Research Group that spans both SPS and EEES who have been awarded £6.7 million from Research England’s “Expanding Excellence in England (E3) 2019-2022” scheme.  The funding was announced on 13th June by Universities and Science Minister Chris Skidmore, as part of 13 government backed projects to work on ground-breaking research through the modern Industrial Strategy.  The announcement is on the BEIS website

14th June 2019
Prof Andrew Norton & Prof Simon Green

SPS academics give OpenTalks STEM lectures

Professors Andrew Norton and Simon Green welcomed the public to the University in April to speak about their research with Prof Norton speaking on: The Clockwork Universe - adventures in time-domain astrophysics, and Prof Green on: Near-Earth Asteroids: A matter of life and death?

You can catch up with the event here.

30th May 2019

UK Space Agency grant awarded to SPS researcher to study ExoMars landing site

Dr Matt Balme has been awarded ~ £370K by the UK Space Agency for a project to observe and model the formation of wind-related landforms at the ExoMars rover landing site, both before and after it lands.

30th May 2019

Spectacular new five-part series: The Planets on BBC2

In this major new landmark series, Professor Brian Cox tells the extraordinary story of our Solar System. For four and a half billion years each of the planets has been on an amazing journey, filled with spectacle and drama.  Using the data from our very latest explorations of the Solar System combined with ground breaking CGI this series will reveal the beauty and grandeur of eight planets whose stories we are only just beginning to understand.  One family. Worlds apart.

​The Planets is a 5-part series airing on BBC2 at 9pm, catch-up on iPlayer.

30th May 2019

PhD student awarded prestigious women in aerospace fellowship

Hannah Sargeant (Photo credit: Stacy Phillips, PhD student)


Congratulations to one of our PhD student Hannah Sargeant, who has been awarded the prestigious Amelia Earhart Fellowship for women in aerospace-related science and engineering from Zonta International. She is one of 30 women selected globally for this year’s award which includes US$10,000 to spend on research or living costs for the rest of her studies.

10th May 2019

SPS researchers take the Moon to Edinburgh Science Festival

Photo from L-R: Craig Walton (a PhD student at Cambridge and former intern and collaborator with Dr Mahesh Anand of SPS), Dr James Mortimer, Tara Hayden (SPS first year PhD students in Planetary Science), and Ross Findlay (SPS first year PhD students in Planetary Science).

Some of our researchers attended the Edinburgh Science Festival, held in the Scottish capital in April, showcasing an Apollo Moon sample and other precious meteorites.  

10th May 2019

OU scientist & NASA discover the surface of asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission arrived at the 500-metre-sized asteroid...

10th May 2019

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