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Physics and machine-learning join hands as molecular modelling doctoral network is awarded €2.6m EU Horizon funding
26 May 2022

The EU Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska–Curie Actions Doctoral Network ‘PHYMOL’ has been awarded nearly €2.6m following an application coordinated by Queen Mary’s Dr Alston J. Misquitta.

Astronomy Unit academic awarded ERC grant to investigate how planets are formed from dust
27 April 2022

Dr Sijme-Jan Paardekooper has been awarded € 2,314,680 from the European Research Council (ERC) to study how dust distribution impacts the formation of planets.

SAGEX Exhibition
26 April 2022

Two PhD students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy had a key role in developing an online exhibition “SAGEX - At the Frontier of Physics”.

 

British Science Week - Why is Physics Important
14 March 2022

The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences is celebrating British Science Week (11-20th March). British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. To mark the occasion, 1st year BSc Theoretical Physics student Shiksha Teeluck shares why Physics is so important to her.

British Science Week - The Electromagnetic Spectrum: Seeing Beyond our Eyes
11 March 2022

The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences is celebrating British Science Week (11-20th March). British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, with the theme this year being 'Growth'. To celebrate his growth as a scientist, BSc Physics student Christopher wrote about a topic that really fascinates him; The Electromagnetic Spectrum. 

AU researchers join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration
24 January 2022

A team of researchers from the QMUL Cosmology & Relativity group have been admitted to the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the global organisation leading the detection and interpretation of gravitational wave events.

Thumbnail Image New Postdoctoral Position
24 December 2021

We're hiring a new postdoctoral research assistant in theoretical physics with closing date 12 January, 2022. Click on to find out more.

Parker Solar Probe enters the magnetic atmosphere of the Sun
14 December 2021

The NASA Parker Solar Probe mission has become the first spacecraft to enter the solar corona – the magnetically dominated atmosphere of the Sun. Researchers from the AU played a key role in the research confirming this historic event in space exploration.

SPCS students work to highlight the scientific contributions of minoritised communities.
12 October 2021

Black History Month is important for raising awareness around racial inequalities while holding a spotlight to and celebrating black inspirational figures. 

Christopher Chen American Geophysical Union’s James B. Macelwane Medal Dr Christopher Chen awarded medal for outstanding contributions to space science
15 September 2021

Dr Christopher Chen from Queen Mary University of London has won American Geophysical Union’s James B. Macelwane Medal for his significant contributions to the geophysical sciences as an early career scientist.

Michael Royal Society Award Queen Mary University of London professors awarded prestigious medals by the Royal Society
24 August 2021

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

QMUL Science and Engineering Faculty of Science and Engineering establishes new School structure to continue delivering excellence in research and education
2 August 2021

The proposal to create a new School structure in Queen Mary’s Faculty of Science and Engineering has recently been approved by Senate and Council.

QMUL's Astronomical Observatory Captures Solar Eclipse
11 June 2021

Members of the Astronomy Unit gathered at the School of Physics and Astronomy's Observatory to witness the recent partial solar eclipse.

Thumbnail Image Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know
8 June 2021

A documentary film following the quest to understand the most mysterious objects in the Universe.

Queen Mary Physicist stars in new documentary opposite Stephen Hawking
8 June 2021

‘A black hole is stranger than anything dreamed up by science fiction writers. It’s a region of space where gravity is so strong that nothing can escape. Once you are over the edge, there’s no way back’

– Stephen Hawking

World Environment Day - Delivering the Battery Revolution
4 June 2021

As part of a series of events running up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021, Queen Mary University of London in collaboration with the National Battery Research Institute and the British Council will be running the workshop ‘Delivering battery revolution: Reducing the drivers of climate change in Indonesia’. The workshop aims to explore the role of the Island nations role in climate change, both globally and locally.

The primordial goo created by the Big Bang may have flowed like water.
3 June 2021

“We do not fully understand the origin of this striking similarity yet but we think it could be related to the fundamental physical constants which set both the universal lower limit of viscosity for both ordinary liquids and quark-gluon plasma,” Kostya Trachenko, a physics professor at Queen Mary University of London and author of the recent paper, said in the statement.

Sanjaye's diagram Linguistic Matrix Theory
24 May 2021

A collection of short articles based on the research of Dr Sanjaye Ramgoolam (CRST, QMUL) in the area of ``Linguistic Matrix Theory.’’

Linguistic Matrix Theory
24 May 2021

A collection of short articles based on the research of Dr Sanjaye Ramgoolam (CRST, QMUL) in the area of ``Linguistic Matrix Theory.’’

Important plasma waves in the solar atmosphere identified by AU researchers
11 May 2021

AU researchers have confirmed the existence of magnetic plasma waves, known as Alfvén waves, in the Sun’s photosphere.

A sky view of HERA National Space Day – Celebrating Queen Mary’s Astronomy Unit and their work exploring the Cosmos
7 May 2021

On the first Friday of May each year, countries around the world celebrate National Space Day. Established in the late 1990s, National Space Day encourages people to explore the wonders of the universe and promote cutting-edge astronomy and astrophysics research.

SEPnet Public Engagement Awards 2021
26 March 2021

Public engagement is central to Queen Mary’s commitment to work and collaborate with our local community for the good of all. We work hard to make sure that the world-class research carried out by the university and the School of Physics and Astronomy is understood and enjoyed by the public.

QMUL's Astronomy Unit Celebrates International Women's Day
8 March 2021

On Monday 8th March 2021, QMUL's Astronomy Unit celebrated International Women's Day by showcasing current staff, alumni, and eminent astrophysicists. A selection of tweets celebrating this day can be found below.

A decorative image of Queen Mary students in a laboratory Celebrating Queen Mary Women in Science
22 February 2021

The UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) aims to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities. 

 

Research led by the AU finds black holes could reach ‘stupendously large’ sizes
20 January 2021

A recent study suggests the possible existence of ‘stupendously large black holes’ or SLABS, even larger than the supermassive black holes already observed in the centres of galaxies.

Chromosol logo Queen Mary spinout Chromosol wins Royal Society of Chemistry competition
30 September 2020

Chromosol, a spinout company from Queen Mary University of London has been announced as a winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition.

Comet NEOWISE (close-up), seen by Dr Thomas Haworth from Cheltenham on 10th July Rare naked-eye comet NEOWISE lights up the sky
19 July 2020

A recently-discovered comet has become visible to the naked eye during twilight. QMUL astronomer Thomas Haworth has been making the most of this rare opportunity by taking some photos!

Image of the observatory with the QMSPEC experimental set-up (the instrument is under the black ‘cloth’ which is used to block stray light). (Clark Baker) Innovative spectrometer sees first light (and breaks a record)
1 June 2020

Astronomers at QMUL have developed an extremely high-resolution spectrometer for exoplanet studies that is many times smaller, lighter, and cheaper than current alternatives. Its first-light spectrum is thought to be the highest resolution ever taken from the UK!

Queen Mary astronomer makes the connection to Data Science
11 May 2020

The QMUL School of Physics and Astronomy is a member of the Data Intensive Science Centre in the South East Physics Network (DISCnet). DISCnet is an STFC funded Centre for Doctoral Training, aimed at training a new generation scientists in data science. Paula Soares, a cosmology PhD student in the Astronomy Unit being supervised by Dr Alkistis Pourtsidou, is part of DISCnet and undertook a 3-month long data science internship in the summer of 2019.

Sunset over the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (credit: D. Storer) Queen Mary astronomers celebrate funding success
30 April 2020

Astronomers at QMUL are celebrating a bumper research funding award from the UK Government's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Parker Solar Probe. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben Researchers uncover intense chaotic motions of the solar wind
3 February 2020

New research from Queen Mary University of London has observed the chaotic behaviour of the solar wind at distances closer to the Sun than ever before.

Queen Mary researcher awarded prestigious Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship
6 January 2020

Dr Julian Adamek, a senior postdoctoral researcher in the Astronomy Unit, has been awarded a prestigious Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Dr Alkistis Pourtsidou to explore the universe as a Future Leaders Fellow
9 May 2019

A Queen Mary cosmologist has been announced as a Future Leaders Fellow as part of a new government initiative to give leading researchers an opportunity to deliver global impact.

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