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Congratulations to the following MPLS researchers, who have all been awarded prestigious Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council (ERC). Consolidator grants are designed to support outstanding researchers at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent team or programme, and applicants must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their proposals. 

Professor Suzanne Aigrain (Department of Physics) for research which will develop novel data analysis techniques that are essential to find Earth-like planets orbiting nearby stars.

Professor Christopher Beem (Mathematical Institute) who is studying the intricate algebraic structure of observables in quantum field theories.

Dr Emily Flashman (Department of Chemistry) for research on plant oxygen-sensing enzymes and how to manipulate them in order to make plants better able to tolerate flooding.

Professor Hauke Marquardt (Department of Earth Sciences) for research on the properties of materials at the extreme temperature and pressure typical of planetary interiors.

Professor Sam Staton (Department of Computer Science) for a project that aims to develop new programming languages for statistics and probabilistic programming.

For the full story on ERC funding, see Oxford University awarded €56 million in European Research Council funding on the University news pages.