Cassini Scientist for a Day Competition

The chance for 10-18 years old UK school students to win prizes by writing about the Cassini mission at Saturn. The deadline of 5pm 26 February is fast approaching. Entrants must choose a target for the Cassini spacecraft to observe and write a 500-word essay proposal making a case to the mission planners.

Prizes will be awarded to the top essay in each age range: 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18 year old UK school students (excluding Scotland) and a week’s work experience working on Cassini science at Queen Mary will be offered to the top age range.

Further information and how to enter are available here.

PhD Open Afternoon


Meet academic staff and current students at this event designed for anyone considering a PhD in Physics or Astronomy.

Wednesday 2nd December, 12.30-4.00pm

Book a place

GO Jones Building (campus map)


Come along for an afternoon of information sessions, refreshments and informal networking with academic staff, admissions tutors and current students. Whether you are looking to find out more about PhD study in Physics and Astronomy generally or would like to find out more about opportunities for work with our four research centres, this event will have something for you.

This event is in two parts:

T2K collaboration awarded the prestigious Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics

Dr Koichiro Nishikawa and the members of the T2K collaboration have been awarded the prestigious Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics, for their role in the discovery and study of neutrino oscillation. 
The prize, presented by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, was awarded “for the fundamental discovery of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics”. The prize is valued at 3 million USD, and is shared with four other international experimental collaborations studying neutrino oscillation: The Daya Bay, KamLAND, SNO, and Super-Kamiokande scientific collaborations.  The T2K collaboration is named together with the K2K collaboration for its share of the prize.  Dr. Nishikawa is the founding spokesperson of the T2K and K2K collaborations.

School staff collect Juno Champion award at the Institute of Physics for work in diversity and equality

Dr Jeanne Wilson and Dr Marcella Bona collected QMUL’s JUNO Champion Award last night at the IoP Awards Dinner.

The School of Physics and Astronomy was the 13th Physics Department in the UK to be awarded Juno Champion status after implementing various initiatives to improve equality and diversity in the School, in particular focusing on the retention of women in Physics. The Juno Assessment panel commended our detailed data analysis and efforts to embed diversity issues into every-day School activities including our “You said, We Did” webpages, the Maternity Plus scheme, gender monitoring of student coursework and attendance, and real-time gender monitoring of recruitment activities.

Dr Jeanne Wilson and Dr Marcella Bona collected QMUL’s JUNO Champion Award last night at the IoP Awards Dinner.

Furthermore, the School has also been awarded the Athena Swan Silver award in recognition of these activities, which will be presented in December this year.

Nobel Prize in Physics recognises work in major research area for QMUL

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics recognises important advances in neutrino physics, a major research area for the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

The Prize, awarded to Takaaki Kajita in Japan and Arthur B. McDonald in Canada, marks significant contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos oscillate between two different identities and therefore must have mass.

The announcement comes as a boon to QMUL’s neutrino physicists, who work at T2K and Hyper-Kamiokande in Japan and SNO+ in Canada, experiments developed from the original facilities used in the prize-winning research, Super-Kamiokande, and SNO, respectively.

QMUL’s Dr Jeanne Wilson, who previously worked under Arthur MacDonald, highlighted the significance of the award.

Network Geometry

Networks are mathematical structures that are universally used to describe a large variety of complex systems such as the brain or the  Internet. Characterizing the geometrical properties of these networks  has become increasingly relevant for routing problems, inference and  data mining. In real growing networks, topological, structural and  geometrical properties emerge spontaneously from their dynamical rules. Here we show that a single two parameter  model of emergent network geometry, constructed by gluing triangles, can generate complex network geometries with non-trivial distribution of  curvatures, combining exponential growth and small-world properties  with finite spectral dimensionality.

Public Lecture on Exoplanets

Professor Richard Nelson in the QMUL Observatory

The next in our series of public lectures will be on Wed 21 Oct at 18:00 and will given by Professor Richard Nelson, who will be discussing the 20 years of research in extrasolar planets. More on this event and how to reserve your free place can be found here.

Professor William Gillin’s inaugural lecture: Material Miracles

Professor William Gillin’s inaugural lecture: Material Miracles

The QMUL Inaugural Lecture Series gives you the opportunity to meet our professors.

Professor William Gillin, Professor of Experimental Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy, will be holding his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 25 November at 7pm, with a drinks reception to follow. The lecture will take place in Skeel Lecture Theatre, Mile End campus.

Professor William Gillin’s inaugural lecture will look at how technological breakthroughs are based on developments in the fabrication of new materials. This lecture will highlight some examples of the ways materials have influenced the modern world and go on to explain the current research that may lead to future miracles.