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PhD Studentships at the ICG for 2013

The Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth is one of the leading cosmology groups in the UK. We are a member of the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III), COSMOS (the UK cosmology supercomputer consortium), and SEPnet (South-East Physics Network) Astrophysics.

PhD studentships starting in 2013 will be available for research in:

  • Observational Cosmology
  • Dark Energy and Modified Gravity Theory
  • The Early Universe
  • Galaxy Evolution
  • Structure Formation

Sir Roger Penrose visit ICG

Sir Roger Penrose, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Oxford, visited the University of Portsmouth this week, following an invitation by the University of Portsmouth Physics Society, the society created by students of the Applied Physics Degree. One of the fathers of the theory of black holes with Prof. Steven Hawking, like Hawking he was inspired to work in this research field by Dennis Sciama. Prof. Penrose gave a talk "Seeing Through the Big Bang into Another World" and discussed his ideas with the students and the public.

Major success with STFC grant

The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) was just awarded its first "Consolidated Grant" from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) covering the full range of research undertaken at the ICG. The grant is for a total of £1.72 million pounds over the next 3 years and will help support a range of staff, visitors and postdocs, as well as some of the travel and computing needs.

ICG begins process for joining SDSS-IV; the next phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

The ICG has just paid its first installment of $30k to start the process for joining SDSS-IV; the next phase of the hugely successful Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). SDSS-IV should begin in 2014 and is made up of three major surveys; APOGEE-S, MaNGA and eBOSS. This first membership payment was due before the end of 2012, and the ICG is one of the first institutions to show their commitment to this new phase of SDSS. "The ICG now has a long association with SDSS going back to the middle of the last decade" comments Bob Nichol at the ICG.

ICG staff on the Science Organising Committee of major international meeting

Bob Nichol, Will Percival and Roy Maartens are part of the Science Organising Committee for the international meeting on "Synergistic Science with Euclid and the Square Kilometre Array" to be held next year in Oxford (16-18 Sept 2013). This meeting will bring together for the first time scientists from these two major European experiments. The focus of the meeting will cover all aspects of the
science possible with both Euclid and the SKA (and its precursors), along with the technological synergies in data analysis.

"Cosmological Tests of Gravity" meeting at Oxford

Cosmological Tests of Gravity

Date: 14 Mar 2013 - 9:00am - 15 Mar 2013 - 5:00pm
Venue: Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Room: Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Audience: Specialised / research interest