Leaping beetles inspire new, miniature jumping robots
24 January 2023
Inspired by jumping insects, researchers from the Mathematical Institute have helped develop a miniature robot capable of leaping more than 40 times its body length- equivalent to a human jumping up to the 20th floor of a building. The innovation could be a major step forward in developing microrobots for a wide range of applications.
Oxford climate research excellence recognised by renewed Met Office partnership
15 December 2022
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The University of Oxford has been selected to help deliver the Met Office Academic Partnership (MOAP) for a further three years, as part of a multi-institutional agreement supporting cutting-edge research in the science of weather and climate prediction.
New Oxford scholarship enabled by XTX Markets launches in memory of Maryam Mirzakhani
5 December 2022
A £2.48m gift from XTX Markets has enabled the endowment of a new DPhil scholarship at Oxford, in memory of the mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, paving the way for the next generation of female Fields Medallists.
Oxford to benefit from STFC theoretical physics funding
25 October 2022
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) announced this week that they have awarded more than £20 million for UK theoretical physics. The investment will benefit the Particle Theory group in the Department of Physics as well as the Mathematical Physics group in the Mathematical Institute.
The science of why hawks are one of nature’s deadliest hunters
11 October 2022
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In an article first published on the Conversation, Graham Taylor, Professor of Mathematical Biology in the Department of Biology, writes about the sophisticated techniques that Swainson's hawks use to deal with the 'confusion effect' posed by large swarms of their prey, the Mexican Free-Tailed Bat.
Oxford Mathematics joins Martingale Postgraduate Foundation programme
6 October 2022
Martingale is a new postgraduate foundation that offers full funding and multi-year support for outstanding UK students to complete STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) PhDs at leading UK research universities. The first cohort will be concentrated on mathematics.
AI is not all killer robots. It is far more dangerous - Professor Ursula Martin
26 September 2022
Whatever Hollywood might say, AI is not all about killer robots in a far off future. It is more mundane, more everyday - and much more ubiquitous. And thinking it just belongs in a sci-fi film is dangerous, since this leads to a sense it is not relevant or that it is even unreal. An interview with Professor Ursula Martin of the Mathematical Institute.
Professor David Deutsch awarded Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
22 September 2022
Award Computer science Maths Quantum Research
Professor David Deutsch has today been named as one of four internationally pioneering physicists to receive the 2023 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for his work on quantum information, while Professor James Maynard has received one of six New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes.
Decarbonising the energy system by 2050 could save trillions
15 September 2022
The new study shows that a fast transition to clean energy is cheaper than slow or no transition. It was conducted by a team at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford Martin School, led by Professor Doyne Farmer of the Mathematical Institute.
Oxford partners with the Optiver Foundation to launch new international postgraduate scholarship programme for women in STEM
26 August 2022
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The partnership aims to increase the number of women from low- and middle-income countries who take up offers to study Master's programmes in MPLS departments, with the first Optiver Foundation Scholars joining in October 2023.
Six MPLS researchers honoured with Royal Society medals
24 August 2022
Award Chemistry Engineering MPLS Materials science Maths Physics
Each year, the Royal Society recognises exceptional research achievements through a series of prestigious medals and prizes named after great scientists of the past. This year eight Oxford University researchers, six of them from MPLS Division, have been honoured for their outstanding contributions to science and medicine.
Oxford Mathematician James Maynard awarded Fields Medal 2022
5 July 2022
Professor James Maynard has been named one of four recipients of the 2022 Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics for those under 40.
Oxford mathematicians win London Mathematical Society prizes
1 July 2022
Three Oxford Mathematicians, John Ball, Ian Griffiths and Dawid Kielak, have won prizes from the London Mathematical Society (LMS) today.
Dr Bernadette Stolz receives L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Rising Talent fellowship
25 May 2022
Dr Stolz is a postdoctoral researcher in the Mathematical Institute. The Rising Talents Programme is designed to provide flexible and practical financial support, alongside tools and wider support, for early career women scientists to pursue their research.
Oxford Mathematician Ehud Hrushovski is joint winner of this year's Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences
24 May 2022
The Shaw Prize is an annual award first presented by the Shaw Prize Foundation in 2004. Established in 2002 in Hong Kong, it honours living individuals who are currently active in their respective fields and who have made outstanding contributions or achieved excellence.
Seven MPLS researchers elected to the Royal Society
10 May 2022
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In all, eight scientists from the University of Oxford have joined the Royal Society as Fellows. All but one are from departments in MPLS Division.
MPLS researchers make the Forbes Europe '30 under 30' list
4 May 2022
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Four early-career researchers have been recognised by Forbes' 2022 list, which is intended to illustrate the power that young entrepreneurs and leaders have to transform business and society.
Three MPLS researchers secure multi-million pound European Research Council grants
26 April 2022
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Four ‘excellent research leaders’ at Oxford, three of them from MPLS Division, have today been awarded major European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants to fund boundary-pushing research projects in Biology, Linguistics, Mathematics and Physics.
Mathematical Sciences for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
18 March 2022
Among the many asylum seekers and academics seeking refuge are mathematicians and statisticians; they are part of the global mathematical sciences community. However, when they come to the UK they may be unable to work and so feel isolated from the subject they love. They are in personal and intellectual limbo. Concerned and inspired by this predicament, a group of mathematicians at Oxford University decided to find ways to help these refugees overcome that sense of isolation and make them aware of mathematical science-based activities in the UK.
Oxford Statistics research student takes BRONZE for mathematical display in Parliament
8 March 2022
Congratulations to Desi Ivanova, a DPhil student at the Department of Statistics, who was awarded Bronze at a competition in the House of Commons, for the excellence of her mathematical research, walking away with a £750 prize. Desi presented her winning research to dozens of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of the poster competition STEM for BRITAIN, on Monday 7th March 2022.