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Study reveals high number of persistent COVID-19 infections in the general population

Biology COVID-19 Medical science Research

A new study led by the University of Oxford has found that a high proportion of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the general population lead to persistent infections lasting a month or more. The findings have been published today in the journal Nature.

Winners of the 2023/24 MPLS Awards for Outstanding Research Supervision announced

Eleven research group leaders in departments across the Division have received awards for going above and beyond in nurturing and supporting their colleagues, by demonstrating inspirational leadership and enabling people to flourish in their careers.

Researchers achieve breakthrough in silicon-compatible magnetic whirls

Functional materials Physics Research

Researchers from the Department of Physics have made a breakthrough in creating and designing magnetic whirls in membranes that can be seamlessly integrated with silicon, which could be used as information carriers in a new generation of green and super-fast computing platforms.

Innovative technique reveals that leaping atoms remember where they have been

Materials science Research

Researchers have used a new technique to measure the movement of charged particles (ions) on the fastest ever timescale, revealing new insights into fundamental transport processes. These include the first demonstration that the flow of atoms or ions possesses a ‘memory.’ The results have been published in the journal Nature.

From The Conversation: Developers in England will be forced to create habitats for wildlife – here’s how it works

Biology Sustainability & the environment The Conversation

Natalie Duffus and Sophus zu Ermgassen from the Department of Biology discuss how England’s new environmental policy, biodiversity net gain, will work in practice.

From The Conversation: Migratory animals face mass extinction – but as a conservationist I’m optimistic

Biology Sustainability & the environment The Conversation

Dan Challender, Research Fellow in Conservation Science and Policy in the Department of Biology, writes about a landmark meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species, supporting the conservation and sustainable use of migratory species.

From The Conversation: Men become less fertile with age, but the same isn’t true for all animals – new study

Biology The Conversation

Krish Sanghvi, Irem Sepil and Regina Vega-Trejo from the Department of Biology discuss how understanding ageing of sperm in other animals could give new insights into our own fertility.

Creating an accessible future for AI

AI and data science Engineering

A profile of Professor Lionel Tarassenko (Department of Engineering Science) and his work in machine learning and AI.

New Oxford research hub to propel transformative AI innovations

AI and data science Computer science Funding

The University of Oxford is to share in a major £80 million investment announced today to develop next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The funding, from EPSRC, will support nine new AI research hubs in the UK, one of which will be based at the Department of Computer Science.

Endangered seabird shows surprising individual flexibility to adapt to climate change


A decade-long study led by the University of Oxford has revealed new insights into the mechanisms that enable animals to adapt to the impacts of climate change. The results have been published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Oxford scientists launch ambitious roadmap for a circular carbon plastics economy

Chemistry Research Sustainability & the environment

Researchers from the Department of Chemistry/Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Plastics have outlined ambitious targets to help deliver a sustainable and net zero plastic economy, arguing for a rethinking of the technical, economic, and policy paradigms that have entrenched the status-quo.

Urgent call for UK Government to develop a heat resilience strategy

Climate Engineering

A new Parliamentary report spearheaded by Oxford University researchers has urged the UK Government to introduce a national heat resilience strategy to prepare the UK for the widespread impacts of a warming world.

From The Conversation: Nasa’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity has ended its mission – its success paves the way for more flying vehicles on other planets and moons

Physics Space The Conversation

Kevin Olsen, UKSA Mars Science Fellow in the Department of Physics, discusses the extraordinary achievements of the Ingenuity helicopter mission.

Stunning spiral galaxies seen in new James Webb Space Telescope images

Physics Space

A set of highly detailed images of 19 nearby spiral galaxies from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have been publicly released today. The suite of extraordinary images will provide several new puzzle pieces for astronomers and astrophysicists around the world.

MPLS researchers honoured in 2024 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

Award Chemistry Physics

Associate Professors Fernanda Duarte and Jayne Birkby have been named as Finalists in the 2024 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK. The prestigious awards celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of the UK’s most innovative young scientists and engineers.

Researchers develop hedgehog safety test for robotic lawnmowers

Biology Research

Researchers at the Department of Biology have developed a new test to assess how dangerous robotic lawnmowers are to hedgehogs. They hope this will lead to a certification scheme that will allow consumers to choose ‘hedgehog-friendly’ mowers to help protect these lovable mammals.

Professor Mike Kendall wins Royal Astronomical Society’s Gold Medal

Award Earth sciences Physics

Head of Oxford University’s Department of Earth Sciences, Professor John-Michael Kendall, has today been awarded the 2024 Gold Medal for Geophysics from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). The award recognises his outstanding work in the field of seismology (the study of earthquakes and seismic waves in the Earth’s interior) and for his support for the next generation of seismic researchers.

Third Trilateral Seed Fund between Siemens, TU Berlin and University of Oxford is bearing fruit

Business and Industry Funding Innovation and Enterprise

Four successful bids have just been announced under the third Trilateral Seed Fund call of Siemens AG, Technical University of Berlin and the University of Oxford, following successful runs in 2020 and 2022.

New study uses machine learning to bridge the reality gap in quantum devices

Engineering Quantum Research

A study led by the Department of Engineering Science has used the power of machine learning to overcome a key challenge affecting quantum devices. For the first time, the findings reveal a way to close the ‘reality gap’: the difference between predicted and observed behaviour from quantum devices.

Sir Stewart Cole joins the Ineos Oxford Institute for antimicrobial research as Executive Chair

Antimicrobial resistance MPLS

Sir Stewart Cole, KCMG, FRS has joined the Ineos Oxford Institute for antimicrobial research (IOI) as Executive Chair. The IOI is a world-leading centre of research, training and education in the field of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) based at the University of Oxford.

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