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Sir Martin Wood FRS (1927-2021)

MPLS Physics

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division pays tribute to the extraordinary Sir Martin Wood FRS who died on 23 November 2021. Read the obituary by Professor Steve Blundell, Professor Robert Taylor and Professor Ian Shipsey on the Physics website.

Island conservationists identify key barriers to meeting biodiversity targets

Biology Climate Plant sciences Research

Islands are biodiversity hotspots yet, paradoxically, are also extinction hotspots.

Life on Mars search could be misled by false fossils

Earth sciences Research Space

Mars explorers searching for signs of ancient life could be fooled by fossil-like specimens created by chemical processes, research suggests.

Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) celebrates three years of innovation

MPLS Research

The Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) celebrated its third anniversary on Wednesday 17 November.

Science looks to the past to challenge its future

Equality and Diversity

A set of major collaborations between science, mathematics and history staff and students at the University of Oxford - seeking to diversify the curriculum in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines - was launched last week.

Oxford science relaunches digital channel to open its secrets to the world

MPLS Oxford Sparks Public Engagement

Oxford Sparks – the space specially curated for the curious – is relaunching to bring the latest science going on at Oxford University into ears, eyes, minds and imaginations.

Student start-up CyanoCapture is a winner in $5m XPRIZE for carbon removal projects

Award Biology Climate MPLS Medical science Plant sciences Spin out

A carbon capture company established less than a year ago by two Oxford students has been announced as one of 23 winners of the XPRIZE student competition.

AI used to recognise primate behaviours in the wild

AI and data science Engineering Research

Method will allow researchers and wildlife conservationists to significantly cut back on time and resources spent analysing animal behaviour in video footage.

What can Nature offer for COP26, and what can COP26 offer for Nature?

Biology Climate Zoology

Professor Seddon’s Nature-based Solutions Initiative, based in Oxford, researches the effectiveness of nature in fighting the impacts and drivers of climate change. Her advice is sought by governments, UN agencies and businesses.

Sir Charles Godfray and the enormous challenges of climate and feeding the world

Biology Climate Food security & biodiversity Zoology

An interview with Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Population Biology in the Department of Zoology.

Mosquito detection project releases large-scale acoustic mosquito dataset

Engineering Medical science Research

The HumBug project has developed methods to detect and identify different species of mosquitoes using the acoustic signature (sound) of their flight tones, captured on an inexpensive smartphone.

Oxford joins consortium to advance quantum drug discovery with £6.8M grant from Innovate UK

Funding Innovation and Enterprise Medical science Physical sciences underpinning health Quantum Statistics

Oxford University today joins a consortium led by the digital quantum computing company, SEEQC, to build and deliver a full-stack quantum computer for pharmaceutical drug development for Merck KGaA.

Towards sustainable aviation fuel

Chemistry Climate Research

Oxford chemists have made a breakthrough towards successfully producing sustainable aviation fuel directly from air (CO2 source) and water (H2 source).

Construction gets underway at Oxford’s Life and Mind Building

Biology MPLS Medical science Plant sciences Zoology

This is the largest building project ever undertaken on behalf of the University and will be its largest teaching and research facility.

New software predicts the movements of large land animals

Biology Computer science Food security & biodiversity Research Zoology

New software can help determine the movements of large wild animals, thereby minimising conflicts with people.

Nicola Blackwood appointed Chair of Oxford University Innovation board

Business and Industry Innovation and Enterprise

Former Minister to chair Oxford University’s research commercialisation arm amidst period of record growth for Oxford’s innovation ecosystem

The Art of Calligraphy inspires new nanomanufacturing technique

Materials science Research

Taking an unconventional approach, a team of researchers from the University of Oxford’s Advanced Nanoscale Engineering group have been inspired by the ancient art of Calligraphy to develop a technique that has the theoretical capabilities of patterning atomically thin structures at the nanoscale.

Oxford Nanopore Technologies floated on the London Stock Exchange

Chemistry Innovation and Enterprise Spin out

Oxford Nanopore Technologies, a company which began as a spinout from the Department of Chemistry, has floated on the London Stock Exchange. It is the UK's biggest spinout IPO and the 5th biggest worldwide.

Results of the Oxford Climate Tech and Sustainability Innovation Challenge 2021 announced

Climate Innovation and Enterprise MPLS

The Oxford Climate Tech and Sustainability Innovation Challenge was a call for Oxford Researchers to submit ideas based on their research to help meet the challenges faced by the world in this historic climate crisis.

Why Net Zero (and what is it?)

Climate Physics

‘There is no way we are going to be able to ban the entire world from using fossil fuels in time to meet our climate goals,’ warns Professor Myles Allen, the Oxford expert credited with first demonstrating, 15 years ago, the need for ‘Net-Zero’ carbon dioxide emissions to stop global warming.

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