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Fellowships at the ICG

The ICG welcomes candidates interested in applying for research fellowships to be held in Portsmouth. A variety of potential fellowships are available, including Royal Society University Research Fellowships, Ernest Rutherford Fellowships (STFC), Marie Curie (EU) fellowships, and possibly national fellowships from the candidate's country of origin.

Expressions of interest for fellowships should be addressed to an ICG staff member with a connection to the proposed research; CV's and research proposals should be sent to icg-admin@port.ac.uk as soon as possible, and at minimum more than one month before the relevant deadline. Our internal deadline for expressing interest for the Rutherford fellowships is 5 August 2013.

Secondary school pupils think bigger with the ICG

22 key stage 3 pupils from local schools joined ICG members Jen Gupta, Claire Le Cras and Rafal Szepietowski for the Think Bigger workshop last week (3 July), organised by the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth Education Liaison and Outreach Team.

ICG at the Houses of Parliament

As part of the successful SEPnet programme, members of the ICG were invited to celebrate their success with colleagues and MPs at the Houses of Parliament on Monday July 8th 2013. The event was also to celebrate the successful launch of SEPNet2, the next phase of this network of physics departments across the South of England. Photographs of the event could be found on the SEPNet facebook page

National Astronomy Meeting 2014

We are pleased to announce that the National Astronomy Meeting 2014 will be held here in Portsmouth from 23rd to 26th June.

The conference website can be found at http://www.nam2014.org/.

Pupils feedback to "A Visit from Space"

St. Swithuns pupils have expressed their gratitude to the ICG scientists who ran the first "Visit from Space" (see http://www.icg.port.ac.uk/node/3107), writing letters for each activity that was carried out. Very touching!
Letter for the 'Thermal Camera'Letter for the 'Thermal Camera'
Letter for the 'Galaxy Zoo'Letter for the 'Galaxy Zoo'
Letter for the 'Planets'Letter for the 'Planets'

A visit from space: a new educational outreach activity from the ICG

Claudia Maraston and Daniel Thomas assisted by ICG members Jen Gupta, Emma Beynon, David Wilkinson and Edd Edmondson, have launched a new educational outreach activity for local primary schools. This programme called "A Visit from Space" will bring scientists into the classroom, making it easier for schools to access the resources and expertise of the ICG, and consists of a full morning of space activities for key stage 2 children (years 3-6). It starts with a lecture on astronomy, followed by interactive activities, such as inflatable planets, Galaxy Zoo and the thermal camera.

ICG members inspire A-level students at the Cosmology Masterclass

Around 50 A-level students from Portsmouth and beyond visited the University of Portsmouth yesterday (20 June) to attend the 2013 Cosmology Masterclass hosted by the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation.