Focusing on the closest stars to the Sun

The RedDots Collaboration, a runner-up in this category, is led by Dr Guillem Anglada-Escudé (Queen Mary University London), Dr Sandra Jeffers and Professor Stefan Dreizler (Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen) and the OU leads are Professor Carole Haswell, Head of Astronomy, and researchers Dr John Barnes and Dr Dan Staab.

In 2016 RedDots discovered Proxima b, a rocky planet orbiting the closest star to the Sun. This was widely acclaimed as one of the top science discoveries of the year with significant impact beyond academia.

Imaging technology for Space

The Centre for Electronic Imaging (CEI), a runner up in this category, was established in 2004 as a world-leading industrial-academic collaboration, specialising in high-performance imaging technology for space applications. Since moving to The Open University in 2008 CEI has gone from strength to strength. 

At the heart of the success of CEI has been a long-standing collaboration with Teledyne e2v. The latest collaboration agreement (2018-2023) sets out over £1 million of cash investment to the OU from Te2v over a 5-year period, with a further £500,000 per year in kind, underpinning CEI’s core research and helping to underpin or leverage additional research and external funding.

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