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Dr Lauren Doyle attends STEM for Britain at House of Commons

STEM for Britain is a major scientific poster competition and exhibition with an aim to give members of both Houses of Parliament an insight into the outstanding research work being undertaken in UK universities by early career researchers and was held at the House of Commons on Monday 6th March, 2023. Dr Lauren DoyleLink opens in a new window was selected as a finalist within the Physics category, to represent her research on stellar flares from solar-type and low mass stars where she found these events don’t correlate with starspots like they do on the Sun. Overall, this suggests other stars have much more complex surfaces compared to the Sun which posses questions when thinking about the habitability of other planets. The event was attended by people from across the UK with representation from many institutions and organisations including The Institute of Physics and Warwick. During the event, Lauren got the opportunity to chat to lots of researchers across Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry about their research, with lots of interest from the judges about her own research. Although Lauren didn't place in the competition she told us:

"Despite this, I am really glad I went as it was an amazing experience where I was one of 20 finalists selected to represent Physics research in the UK. I was extremely proud to represent the Physics department at Warwick University and hope that others from the department will apply to attend next year."

Congratulations to Lauren for representing the department and her research at the event.

Find out more about STEM for Britain.Link opens in a new window

Professor Sandra Chapman awarded Johannes Geiss Fellowship

Professor Sandra Chapman has been awarded the 2023 Johannes Geiss Fellowship of the International Space Science Institute.

The International Space Science Institute at Bern, Switzerland is an Institute of Advanced Study where scientists from all over the world meet in a multi- and interdisciplinary setting to reach out for new scientific horizons. The main function is to contribute to the achievement of a deeper understanding of the results from different space missions, ground based observations and laboratory experiments.

Chapman's research at ISSI during the fellowship will focus on the fundamental physics of plasma turbulence with particular emphasis on recently launched missions - NASA's Parker Solar Probe and ESA'a Solar Orbiter - which will explore the sun's expanding atmosphere- the solar wind - close to the sun, to within the orbit of Mercury, for the first time. Plasma turbulence may provide the answer to one of the outstanding mysteries of the solar system, how the solar wind is heated and accelerated.

One Johannes Geiss Fellowship is awarded each year. The fellowship is named for the founder of ISSI, a distinguished space plasma physicist who pioneered interdisciplinarity.   

Robb Johnston awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2023 New Years Honours List

Huge congratulations to Robb Johnston, Technical Services Manager who has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2023 New Year Honours List. The British Empire Medal is awarded for meritorious and 'hands-on' service to the local community. Robb has been awarded a BEM for his contribution to Physics. Robb commented on the news of his award "I was very surprised and honoured to receive it."

Robb has worked in the department for 39 years in February and oversees the management of technical support staff and the building's critical services, infrastructure, and maintenance.

Centre for Space Domain Awareness hosts GNOSIS Conference on space sustainability

The Global Network On Sustainability In Space (GNOSIS) is a network funded by UKRI’s Science and Technology Facilities Council, aiming to promote, coordinate, and develop collaboration across the academic, defence, industrial, and political sectors to understand and solve problems relating to the sustainable use of space.

From November 30 – December 1, the Centre for Space Domain AwarenessLink opens in a new window hosted the GNOSIS Annual Conference 2022, “Space Sustainability for the Next Decade (and Beyond)”, co-sponsored by CGI and Astroscale.

Read more about the conference, hear from the organising committee as well as sponsors and attendees.

Our telescope has arrived at the on campus observatory

We have a brand new observatory on campus near to the University sports pavilion. The telescope was lifted in last week, having been brought to the UK from La Palma where it was used to contribute towards projects on topics ranging from exoplanet and variable star characterisation to global clusters. Our Physics with Astrophysics students will be able to gain hands-on project experience with the telescope starting this academic year.

See more photographs of the telescope being lifted in to place. 

Thu 25 Aug 2022, 15:28 | Tags: announcements, Faculty of Science

Reflections on the National Astronomy Meeting, 2022

After a successful week at the National Astronomy Meeting hosting over 800 astronomers and more than a thousand members of the public, we speak to some of our Local Organising Committee (LOC) who reflect on the past week.

Hear from Dr David Brown, Chair of LOCLink opens in a new window

Hear from Catriona McDonald, PhD studentLink opens in a new window

Hear from Tom Killestein, PhD studentLink opens in a new window

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