Armagh Observatory Visitor Support Grant: 2010-2013

Lead Research Organisation: Armagh Observatory
Department Name: Astronomy


It is of great importance for researchers at Armagh Observatory to maintain a position at the forefront of modern astronomy. Visitors are essential to our expanding programme. New ideas, new models and computer simulations, and new data analysis techniques are being developed in studies of our Sun, the Solar System, the birth and behaviour of stars. A stream of visitors generates extra vitality to the astrophysical discussions, accelerates the output and quality of publications, improves the numerical, analytical and data analysis techniques we use and increases the number of national and international collaborations.


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Description Research at Armagh Observatory has been benefitting through a strong programme of short term visits supported by a PPARC (now STFC) Visitor Grant. The research output, as measured by our journal publications, reflects the high number of quality projects being undertaken within several fields.
Invitations to our many collaborators have helped us maintain our success in established areas which include exoplanet studies, interpretation of our Sun and other cool stars, star formation, stellar evolution, numerical astrophysics and galactic astronomy.
Exploitation Route Due to the Observatory's relative geographical isolation
and the multidisciplinary nature of its research, a continuing flow of visitors is an important factor in maintaining the high quality of our research output.
Therefore we aim for a continuation of our visitor
programme by applying to the relevant funding bodies.
Sectors Creative Economy,Other

Description The results of the research carried out as part of this project has enhanced the UK creative output, raised the profile of UK cutting-edge science and maximised the return of the country's investment into basic research, in particular research into astronomy and related sciences.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

Description Astronomy Grants - Consolidated
Amount £290,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/M000834/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2015 
End 09/2018