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Professor Frances Kirwan receives L'Oréal-UNESCO Award

Award Maths

Oxford Mathematician Frances Kirwan is the recipient of a 2023 L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science International Award. The awards honour five eminent women scientists from five regions of the world.

Oxford joins Imperial and York in £12 million fusion power industry partnership

Energy Funding Innovation and Enterprise

A multi-institutional team will explore a new method for creating fusion power it hopes could eventually be scaled to provide safe, clean, and abundant energy.

Oxford retains top spot for spinouts

Innovation and Enterprise Spin out

The University retains its position as the leading academic institution in the UK for generating spinout companies, according to a new report by data analyst firm Beauhurst.

Prof Zhanfeng Cui one of eight Oxford academics elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Award Engineering Medical science

The new Fellows have been elected to the Academy 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.

Extremely hot days are warming twice as fast as average summer days in North-West Europe

Physics Research The Conversation

A study published in Geophysical Research Letters shows that the maximum temperature of the hottest days is increasing at twice the rate of the maximum temperature of average summer days. The results highlight the need for urgent action by policy makers to adapt essential infrastructure to the impacts of climate change.

First Maryam Mirzakhani Scholar announced on International Women in Maths Day

Funding Maths Women in science

The first Maryam Mirzakhani Scholar, Marta Bucca, will join Oxford's Mathematics Institute in October. Launched in memory of the Iranian mathematician, the scholarship has been generously supported by founding and principal donor XTX Markets.

New Centre for Energy Materials Research officially launched

Climate Functional materials

A new state-of-the-art facility, the Centre for Energy Materials Research (CEMR), was officially launched yesterday by the University of Oxford’s Department of Materials. This will provide world-class capabilities to support the development of the next-generation materials urgently required to address the climate crisis.

Royal Society elects eight Oxford scientists as new Fellows, including three from MPLS Division

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Professor Myles Allen (Geography and Physics), Professor Andrew Goodwin (Chemistry) and Professor James Maynard (Mathematics) have joined as Fellows. Others recognised from the University include the Vice-Chancellor Professor Irene Tracey.

Artificial neurons mimic complex brain abilities for next-generation AI computing

AI and data science Materials science Research

Researchers have created atomically thin artificial neurons capable of processing both light and electric signals for computing.

Innovative Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowships get underway at Oxford

AI and data science MPLS

In October 2022 the University of Oxford became one of nine leading research universities around the world selected to deliver a new global postdoctoral fellowship programme to drive the innovative use of artificial intelligence across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research.

Dr Jani Bolla awarded ERC Starting Grant

Biology Funding Research

Dr Jani R. Bolla, Department of Biology, has been awarded €1.5m to support research into the assembly of critical membrane proteins.

From The Conversation: Learn to think like a plant

Biology The Conversation

Learn to think like a plant: five questions to think about if you want to keep your houseplants healthy.

Alison Etheridge elected member of the National Academy of Sciences

Award Maths Statistics

Professor Alison Etheridge has been elected as an international member of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States.

Vicky Neale


We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Vicky Neale – teacher, advocate, inspiration and much-loved colleague at the Mathematical Institute.

Vaccine providing infants with strong protection from meningococcal disease

Physical sciences underpinning health

Children up to five years old, particularly infants, are at highest risk of meningococcal disease.

James Naismith appointed as next Head of MPLS Division


Professor James H Naismith FRSC FRSB FRS FRSE FMedSci MAE is to become our next Head of Division, formally taking over from Professor Sam Howison on 1 October 2023.

Oxford spin-out HydRegen secures £2.6m to revolutionise sustainable chemical manufacturing

Chemistry Innovation and Enterprise Spin out

Biotechnology company HydRegen has secured £2.6m in its latest fundraising round, led by Clean Growth Fund, to commercialise its sustainable technologies for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

From The Conversation: ‘Statistically impossible’ heat extremes are here – we identified the regions most at risk

Climate Physics The Conversation

Nicholas Leach, Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Predictability of Weather and Climate group, Department of Physics, writes about the Pacific Northwest heatwave of 2021 and what it says about the probability of extreme heatwave events.

Antimicrobial use in agriculture can breed bacteria resistant to first-line human defences

Antimicrobial resistance Biology Research

Research led by Dr Craig MacLean, Department of Biology, has shown that overuse of antimicrobials in livestock production can drive the evolution of bacteria more resistant to the first line of the human immune response, and that farmed pigs and chickens could harbour large reservoirs of cross-resistant bacteria.

From The Conversation: Snailfish – the ‘impossible’ fish that shows the importance of ocean exploration

Biology The Conversation

Dr Paris Stefanoudis from the Department of Biology discusses the importance of ocean exploration and the snailfish which has broken the record for living at the deepest ocean depths known to humanity.

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