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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

BOSS makes 1st map of the universe 11 billion years ago to probe dark energy: ICG scientists play prominent role

ICG researchers in a major international effort have made the 1st map of the young universe whose expansion is decelerating. This paper from the SDSS-III/BOSS collaboration has been submitted to Astronomy & Astrophysics and has been posted in preprint.

ICG Staff and Postgraduate Students Win Football League

Two ICG staff members and three ICG postgraduate students aided by Mathematics and Engineering staff members have won the University of Portsmouth staff football league title for the 1st time. "Pompey EMC" hope to repeat their success this season and have already reached the semi-final.

ICG member invited to the retirement celebration conference of brasilian professor who discovered galaxies hosting black-holes

ICG Dr. Claudia Maraston is invited to give a review talk on galaxy models at the conference celebrating prof. Miriani Pastoriza, http://www.astro.if.ufrgs.br/workshop/, a pioneer professor in Brasil whose early work led to the discovery that galaxies host supermassive black-holes. The original paper named "Peculiar nuclei in galaxies" was published in 1965 by the Astronomical society of the Pacific, see http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1965PASP…77..287S.

ICG Members at the 28th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union

ICG members, past and present, played a prominent role at the [http://www.astronomy2012.org/ 28th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union] recently held in Beijing, China. At least 6 current members of ICG were in attendance, and they enjoyed catching up with several past members. Dr. Daniel Thomas, Reader in Astrophysics at the ICG led one of the scientific symposia at the session, devoted to "The Intriguing Lives of Massive Galaxies".

Graduation Ceremony 2012 features three new Doctors of Philosophy at ICG

The University held its graduation ceremony for the ICG on Tuesday, July 17th. Three students returned to Portsmouth to receive their PhD certificates, Dr. Jonas Johansson, Dr. Janine Pforr and Dr. Gustav Stromback. See them pictured below with supervisors Claudia Maraston and Daniel Thomas. The degrees were presented by David Wands. Three new flying doctors and their supervisorsThree new flying doctors and their supervisors

Happy Birthday GalaxyZoo

It is five years since the launch of the original GalaxyZoo project which has been a phenomenal success in engaging the public in science and producing new and innovative research. ICG researchers Daniel Thomas, Edd Edmondson and Bob Nichol have been involved in GalaxyZoo from the start, while Karen Masters and Steven Bamford (when he was with us) have lead the way with important scientific papers using the data. For example, Bamford et al.

Members of ICG involved in international conference celebrating Japanese professor and director of SUBARU telescopes.

An international conference will be held end of June 2012 at the Institute of Astrophysics of Paris in collaboration with the Japanese Academy and SUBARU telescopes. This will celebrate the 60-th birthday of professor Nobuo Arimoto, emeritus in astrophysics and galaxy evolution and new director of the SUBARU telescopes of Japan. Arimoto has compiled a list of invited speakers and members of the Science Organising Committee for this event, which aims at gather scientists that have featured galaxy evolution studies over the past decades.

ICG scientist invited to the Kobayashi-Maskawa Institute

Kazuya Koyama was invited to the Kobayashi-Maskawa Institute (KMI) for The Origin of Particles and the Universe at Nagoya University in Japan. The KMI was established after Drs. Kobayashi and Maskawa were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2008. The institute is lead by Dr. Maskawa and hosts 40 staff members working on particle physics, string theory, flavour physics, computational theoretical physics and cosmology. He gave a colloquium entitled "Cosmological Tests of Gravity". http://research.icg.port.ac.uk/files/KM.png
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