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Prof Andrew Norton & Prof Simon Green

SPS academics give OpenTalks STEM lectures

Professors Andrew Norton and Simon Green welcomed the public to the University in April to speak about their research with Prof Norton speaking on: The Clockwork Universe - adventures in time-domain astrophysics, and Prof Green on: Near-Earth Asteroids: A matter of life and death?

You can catch up with the event here.

30th May 2019

UK Space Agency grant awarded to SPS researcher to study ExoMars landing site

Dr Matt Balme has been awarded ~ £370K by the UK Space Agency for a project to observe and model the formation of wind-related landforms at the ExoMars rover landing site, both before and after it lands.

30th May 2019

Spectacular new five-part series: The Planets on BBC2

In this major new landmark series, Professor Brian Cox tells the extraordinary story of our Solar System. For four and a half billion years each of the planets has been on an amazing journey, filled with spectacle and drama.  Using the data from our very latest explorations of the Solar System combined with ground breaking CGI this series will reveal the beauty and grandeur of eight planets whose stories we are only just beginning to understand.  One family. Worlds apart.

​The Planets is a 5-part series airing on BBC2 at 9pm, catch-up on iPlayer.

30th May 2019

PhD student awarded prestigious women in aerospace fellowship

Hannah Sargeant (Photo credit: Stacy Phillips, PhD student)


Congratulations to one of our PhD student Hannah Sargeant, who has been awarded the prestigious Amelia Earhart Fellowship for women in aerospace-related science and engineering from Zonta International. She is one of 30 women selected globally for this year’s award which includes US$10,000 to spend on research or living costs for the rest of her studies.

10th May 2019

SPS researchers take the Moon to Edinburgh Science Festival

Photo from L-R: Craig Walton (a PhD student at Cambridge and former intern and collaborator with Dr Mahesh Anand of SPS), Dr James Mortimer, Tara Hayden (SPS first year PhD students in Planetary Science), and Ross Findlay (SPS first year PhD students in Planetary Science).

Some of our researchers attended the Edinburgh Science Festival, held in the Scottish capital in April, showcasing an Apollo Moon sample and other precious meteorites.  

10th May 2019

OU scientist & NASA discover the surface of asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission arrived at the 500-metre-sized asteroid...

10th May 2019

Post Doctoral Research Associate - Machine Learning and Citizen Science

We are looking for a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) in astronomy/physics to develop crowdsourcing experiments (citizen science) and machine learning.

The role is based in the School of Physical Sciences at the Open University (OU). The research fellowship is to facilitate the design of new crowdsourcing experiments for major international astronomy, astroparticle physics and physics facilities, and act as project manager for these experiments.

10th May 2019

Moon Night

The School of Physical Sciences, Dr Mahesh Anand, led another successful Moon Night on Friday 7th December, very ably assisted by thirty volunteers from the School of Physical Sciences and STEM. Thank you to you all. The evening was enjoyed by a sell-out audience, including many school-age children. Particular highlights were an inspirational talk from Dr Ioannis Baziotis and two performances of ‘The Earth’s Reflection’ by Yazz Ahmed. Moon Night will return next year.

10th May 2019

OU researchers land European Space Agency grant

Manish Patel (STEM) and Leslie Budd (FBL) have been awarded a grant of €350,000 by the European Space Agency (ESA) - in the face of fierce competition from a number of international management consultants - for the project 'Benefits of the European Space Agency Exploration Roadmap in Socioeconomics' (BEERS). 

The project investigates and evaluates the socio-economic benefits of ESA space missions with respect to economic competitiveness and growth; new means to address global challenges/sustainable development goals and inspiration. 

10th May 2019

New planet discovered by SPS Scientists in international team

SPS astronomers Professor Carole Haswell, Postdoctoral Researcher Dr John Barnes and former SPS PhD student Dr Daniel Staab are among an international team which has discovered a new planet orbiting the closest single star to the Earth:

10th May 2019

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