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Winners and commendations announced for MPLS Impact Awards 2024

Award Innovation and Enterprise MPLS Research

Five researchers from the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division (MPLS) have been recognised for their outstanding research impact at the annual MPLS Impact Awards.

Major research into ‘hallucinating’ generative models advances reliability of artificial intelligence

AI and data science Computer science Research

Researchers from the Department of Computer Science have made a significant advance towards ensuring that information produced by generative artificial intelligence (AI) is robust and reliable.

Study demonstrates how AI can develop more personalised cancer treatment strategies

Maths Medical science Research

Mathematical Institute researchers have leveraged the power of artificial intelligence to develop personalised cancer treatments which could be more effective at preventing patient relapse.

Researchers generate black hole ‘plasma fireballs’ on Earth

Physics Research Space

An international team of scientists, led by the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford, has developed a novel way to experimentally produce plasma ‘fireballs’ on Earth, opening up a new frontier in laboratory astrophysics.

Four MPLS scientists awarded Royal Society of Chemistry prizes

Award Chemistry Engineering

Four scientists and a multidisciplinary collaboration have won prizes from the Royal Society of Chemistry in recognition of brilliance in research and innovation. The awards are among the oldest and most prestigious research prizes in the world, having recognised excellence in the chemical sciences for more than 150 years.

A Green Steel pathway would turbocharge Ukraine’s post-war recovery, new study shows

Business and Industry Engineering

As the international community gathers this week to discuss Ukraine’s post-war recovery, a new analysis led by the University of Oxford demonstrates that Green Steel should be top of the agenda.

Begbroke Science Park expands with handover of two major new buildings


The University of Oxford is celebrating the handover of two significant new research and innovation buildings at Begbroke Science Park, almost doubling the available space and marking a crucial step in the University’s ambitious development plans for the area.

In The Conversation: The UK’s nature restoration plans have some big holes – here’s how to fill them

Biology The Conversation

'Have you heard anything about nature as a political priority in the upcoming UK general election? We haven’t. And as biodiversity researchers, that troubles us.' Professor Dame EJ Milner-Gulland, Department of Biology writes in The Conversation.

First use of weather forecasts to show human impact on extreme weather

Climate Physics Research

Researchers from the Department of Physics, led by Professor Myles Allen, demonstrate the use of state-of-the-art weather forecasts to show how greenhouse gas emissions affect extreme weather.

In The Conversation: How extreme weather will affect the insurance and energy sectors

Physics The Conversation

More than 70% of Britain’s electricity came from wind turbines at the peak of Storm Isha, compared to an average of 30%.

New molecule found to suppress bacterial antibiotic resistance evolution

Antimicrobial resistance Research

A new study led by researchers at the Ineos Oxford Institute for antimicrobial research (IOI) and the Department of Pharmacology offers hope in the discovery of a small molecule that works alongside antibiotics to suppress the evolution of drug-resistance in bacteria.

Oxford researchers contribute to report on the future of healthcare

Medical science Physical sciences underpinning health Research

Researchers from across Oxford's Medical Sciences and Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisions have contributed to a new report on the future of healthcare, compiled by Citi Global Perspectives & Solutions (Citi GPS).

Professor Constantin Coussios elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Award Engineering

Professor Coussios is one of eight University of Oxford researchers elected in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the advancement of biomedical and health science, cutting edge research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and wider society.

World leaders still need to wake up to AI risks, say leading experts ahead of AI Safety Summit

AI and data science Computer science Engineering

Leading AI scientists, including researchers from the University of Oxford, are calling for stronger action on AI risks from world leaders, warning that progress has been insufficient since the first AI Safety Summit in Bletchley Park six months ago.

First proof that 'plunging regions' exist around black holes in space

Physics Research Space

An international team led by researchers in the Department of Physics have proved that Einstein was correct about a key prediction concerning black holes. Their study gives the first observational proof that a 'plunging-region' exists around black holes.

University of Oxford to lead new Sustainable Chemicals and Materials Manufacturing Research Hub

Chemistry Sustainability & the environment

The University of Oxford is leading a major UK government investment in research to improve the sustainability of chemical and polymer production. The Sustainable Chemicals and Materials Manufacturing Hub (SCHEMA) will bring together researchers from across the UK working with a large consortium of commercial, technology translation and civic partners. The Hub has been funded by £11 million from the UKRI Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and leverages a further £22 million in funding from its partners.

Nine Oxford scientists, including four from MPLS Division, elected as Royal Society Fellows

Recognised for their invaluable contributions to science, the elected Fellows are leaders in their fields and have been selected for their substantial contributions to the advancement of science in various fields. The new MPLS Fellows are Professors Simon Aldridge, Emmanuel Breuillard, Laura Herz and Tamsin Mather.

MPLS researchers and staff recognised at the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards


Congratulations to the members of the Department of Biology, Department of Computer Science, Department of Earth Sciences and Department of Chemistry, who were amongst the joint winners, highly commended and finalists for the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards announced on Wednesday 8 May.

Professor Lionel Tarassenko appointed as non-political life peer in the House of Lords

Award Engineering

Professor Tarassenko (Department of Engineering Science) will join the crossbenches with other independent peers, who provide wide-ranging expertise to the House of Lords, enabling it to provide effective recommendations to policy being implemented by the elected members of the House of Commons.

Novel triple drug combination effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Antimicrobial resistance Biology

Scientists at the Ineos Oxford Institute (IOI) have found a new potential combination therapy to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by targeting two key bacterial enzymes involved in resistance. The findings have been published in the journal Engineering.

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