Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Sussex (2011-2016)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sussex
Department Name: Sch of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Abstract

Our proposal seeks funds to continue an extensive programme of research into extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology, seeking to address some of the most pressing astronomical questions of our time, such as 'What are the fundamental constituents of the Universe?', 'What is the nature of the dark energy believed to be driving an acceleration of the Universe?', 'What processes govern the formation of the largest objects and structures in our Universe?', and 'How do galaxies form and evolve?'. We address these questions by a combination of theoretical work, much of it using high-performance computers, and observational surveys especially from satellite observatories. We aim to be particularly sophisticated in the statistical modelling we carry out to use the observations to learn about our models. The research focuses around three Themes, each involving several faculty members and researchers. Theme 1: Cosmology We will advance knowledge of the fundamental constituents and processes governing our Universe. This includes the early period of cosmological inflation, believed to be responsible for the origin of structures in the Universe, explored through studies of the origin of cosmic non-gaussianity and through detailed comparisons to emerging data. We will further develop the phenomenology of models featuring cosmic defects such as cosmic strings, and explore the consequent cosmic non-gaussianity both in the microwave background and in the matter distribution. We will complete the preparation and definition stage of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and move to exploitation of DES data to constrain dark energy phenomenology. This component of the project exploits STFC involvement in the Planck Surveyor Satellite, the Dark Energy Survey, and the COSMOS supercomputer. Theme 2: Cosmic Structures The XMM cluster survey (XCS) has produced the largest sample of cluster temperatures to date. We will use this to exploit DES, using clusters for cosmology. Simulations will be used to calibrate the XCS selection function and to investigate the physics of the intracluster medium. A fully coupled radiative-transfer, gas dynamics and N-body code will be developed, with modules to handle a wide range of radiation processes, and used to model the epoch of reionization in the young universe. This component of the project exploits STFC involvement in the Virgo consortium, XMM-Newton, the Dark Energy Survey and LOFAR. Theme 3: Galaxy Formation and Evolution The objectives of this theme are to deliver basic and value-added data products and high-quality science from our leading role in many multi-wavelength surveys both deep and wide. The Herschel HerMES survey, the largest guaranteed-time programme on this satellite, is central to our work in this area. Work will include using the Herschel satellite SPIRE catalogues for HerMES, multi-wavelength cross-IDs for HerMES (including VISTA and SCUBA-2), and multi-wavelength products for the GAMA (Galaxies and Mass Assembly) survey. We will develop models of galaxy evolution that simultaneously describe the wealth of data. We will undertake follow-up observations to test specific aspects of such models. This component of the project exploits STFC involvement in the Herschel Satellite, VISTA, GAMA, LOFAR, SCUBA-2, Planck, Alma.

Organisations

Publications

10 25 50
 
Title Constellations 
Description Science consultant for Constellations, a new play by Nick Payne 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2011 
Impact sold out West End play, Best New Play Award from Evening Standard, successful run on Broadway, successful UK tour 
 
Title DES artwork 
Description A print of Brighton Pier with the first light galaxy from DES featured (by Michelle Dawson) 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Increased sales for artist 
 
Title DES artwork 
Description A print of Worthing Pier with DES "Christmas Comet" featured (by Michelle Dawson) prints and greetings cards 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Increased sales for artist 
 
Title DES pewter phone charm 
Description Pewter artist Fleur Grenier made a phone charm with the DES symbol and an equation. These were handed out to all participants at the DES@sussex meeting. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Fleur made sales of her other artworks 
 
Title Dark Energy Glove 
Description Dark Energy gloves (by LoveLoli) 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact increased knowledge of LoveLoli products 
 
Description Research into Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics

Note that, although the Grant Award was from Apr11 - Mar15, it actually ceased at the end of Mar14, being superseded by ST/L000652/1.

The research conducted on this grant forms part of an ongoing programme: for recent research high-lights please see the narrative for ST/L000652/1.
Exploitation Route In their future research.
Sectors Education

URL http://www.sussex.ac.uk/astronomy/research
 
Description The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex runs an intense outreach programme, closely link to the research carried out within the Department. Our activities not only involve research talks, but also hands on activities that introduce the basics of our research to the public. During 2013/4, we worked with 16,000 people - 2,000 members of the general public, 5,000 school and college students at our stands at various science fairs across the South-East, and 9,000 school and college students in a classroom-type setting (including our travelling planetarium). Breakdown by number: Public = 1943 KS1 = 395 [key stage 1; 5-7 year olds] KS2 = 2306 [aged 7-11] KS3 = 4256 [11-14's] KS4 = 3932 [14-16, GCSE] KS5 = 3287 [16-18 A-level students] Total = 16,119 Total children = 14,000
First Year Of Impact 2000
Sector Education
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description SP1-Cooperation, Collaborative project, Small or medium-scale focused research project, FP7-SPACE-2013-1
Amount € 2,500,000 (EUR)
Funding ID 607254 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2014 
End 12/2017
 
Title DES-DR1 
Description first data release from DES (5000 sq. degree of multi-band optical/IR data) 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact everyone in the world can now use DES data 
URL https://des.ncsa.illinois.edu/releases/dr1
 
Title DESSV 
Description DES-SV public data release 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Facilitated research by people outside DES. 
URL https://des.ncsa.illinois.edu/releases/sva1
 
Title GAMA database 
Description Panchromatic (X-ray - radio) on a representative sample of ~300,000 galaxies. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact 49 refereed publications as of October 2014 
URL http://www.gama-survey.org
 
Title Hedam 
Description Contains the Herschel and ancillary data from the HerMES survey and the HELP project 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact academic papers 
URL http://hedam.lam.fr/HerMES/
 
Title L-Galaxies databases 
Description Semi-analytic galaxy catalogues using the L-Galaxies SAM. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The L-Galaxies SAM is pre-eminent in the field and has attracted thousands of citations. 
URL http://gavo.mpa-garching.mpg.de/MyMillennium/
 
Title XCS-DR1 
Description XCS first data release 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2012 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact allowed people outside XCS to use our data products 
URL http://www.astro.ljmu.ac.uk/~xcs/DR1/XCSDataRelease.html
 
Description COSMOS 
Organisation California Institute of Technology
Department Cosmological Evolution Survey (COSMOS)
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Astronomical survey maps and catalogues
Collaborator Contribution Astronomical survey maps and catalogues
Impact Academic papers and data products
Start Year 2010
 
Description Dark Energy Survey 
Organisation Fermilab - Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I lead the Cluster Working Group (and make many other contributions eg EPO, survey strategy, membership...).
Collaborator Contribution The partners are responsible for other science areas, for building, running and maintaining the camera, for data processing. I have only listed the institutes where I have close collaborators. There are many other institutes that contribute to DES.
Impact Papers, public outreach, a facility instrument, PhD theses
 
Description Dark Energy Survey 
Organisation Stanford University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I lead the Cluster Working Group (and make many other contributions eg EPO, survey strategy, membership...).
Collaborator Contribution The partners are responsible for other science areas, for building, running and maintaining the camera, for data processing. I have only listed the institutes where I have close collaborators. There are many other institutes that contribute to DES.
Impact Papers, public outreach, a facility instrument, PhD theses
 
Description Dark Energy Survey 
Organisation University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
Department Physics Department
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I lead the Cluster Working Group (and make many other contributions eg EPO, survey strategy, membership...).
Collaborator Contribution The partners are responsible for other science areas, for building, running and maintaining the camera, for data processing. I have only listed the institutes where I have close collaborators. There are many other institutes that contribute to DES.
Impact Papers, public outreach, a facility instrument, PhD theses
 
Description Dark Energy Survey 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I lead the Cluster Working Group (and make many other contributions eg EPO, survey strategy, membership...).
Collaborator Contribution The partners are responsible for other science areas, for building, running and maintaining the camera, for data processing. I have only listed the institutes where I have close collaborators. There are many other institutes that contribute to DES.
Impact Papers, public outreach, a facility instrument, PhD theses
 
Description Dark Energy Survey 
Organisation University of Michigan
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I lead the Cluster Working Group (and make many other contributions eg EPO, survey strategy, membership...).
Collaborator Contribution The partners are responsible for other science areas, for building, running and maintaining the camera, for data processing. I have only listed the institutes where I have close collaborators. There are many other institutes that contribute to DES.
Impact Papers, public outreach, a facility instrument, PhD theses
 
Description Dark Energy Survey 
Organisation University of Portsmouth
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I lead the Cluster Working Group (and make many other contributions eg EPO, survey strategy, membership...).
Collaborator Contribution The partners are responsible for other science areas, for building, running and maintaining the camera, for data processing. I have only listed the institutes where I have close collaborators. There are many other institutes that contribute to DES.
Impact Papers, public outreach, a facility instrument, PhD theses
 
Description GAMA 
Organisation International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Member of Scientific and Strategic Advisory Council Spectroscopic flux calibration
Collaborator Contribution Project management
Impact Numerous publications
Start Year 2006
 
Description HELP: Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Survey 
Organisation Cardiff University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leadership, data and software
Collaborator Contribution data and software
Impact data
Start Year 2014
 
Description HELP: Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Survey 
Organisation European University Cyprus
Country Cyprus 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leadership, data and software
Collaborator Contribution data and software
Impact data
Start Year 2014
 
Description HELP: Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Survey 
Organisation Leiden University
Department Leiden Observatory
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leadership, data and software
Collaborator Contribution data and software
Impact data
Start Year 2014
 
Description HELP: Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Survey 
Organisation National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS)
Department Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Marseille
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leadership, data and software
Collaborator Contribution data and software
Impact data
Start Year 2014
 
Description HELP: Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Survey 
Organisation Saclay Nuclear Research Centre
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Leadership, data and software
Collaborator Contribution data and software
Impact data
Start Year 2014
 
Description HELP: Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Survey 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Institute of Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leadership, data and software
Collaborator Contribution data and software
Impact data
Start Year 2014
 
Description HELP: Herschel Extragalactic Legacy Survey 
Organisation University of the Western Cape
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Leadership, data and software
Collaborator Contribution data and software
Impact data
Start Year 2014
 
Description HerMES 
Organisation National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Department Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Co-Led by Seb Oliver
Collaborator Contribution Co-Led by Jamie Bock
Impact 72 refereed journal publications. >2000 citations H-index =27
 
Description L-Galaxies 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Department Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Ongoing design development of the L-Galaxies semi-analytic model
Collaborator Contribution Ongoing design development of the L-Galaxies semi-analytic model; hosting a database of model galaxy data mad available to the astronomical community.
Impact I am not going to list all my relevant publications again here. There should be an option to link to them.
Start Year 2012
 
Description LOFAR Epoch of Reionization Key Science Project (2015-ongoing) 
Organisation LOFAR
Country Netherlands 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I am core member of the Key Science Project with responsibilities in simulation and modelling support.
Collaborator Contribution The project has been awarded over 1600 hours of observation with the LOFAR telescope since it began operations (some of these are completed, some are ongoing). A number of papers have been published on the results, including the first upper limits on the redshifted 21-cm power spectra from reionization.
Impact http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017ApJ...838...65P and many other papers
 
Description LOFAR Epoch of Reionization Key Science Project (2015-ongoing) 
Organisation University of Groningen
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am core member of the Key Science Project with responsibilities in simulation and modelling support.
Collaborator Contribution The project has been awarded over 1600 hours of observation with the LOFAR telescope since it began operations (some of these are completed, some are ongoing). A number of papers have been published on the results, including the first upper limits on the redshifted 21-cm power spectra from reionization.
Impact http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017ApJ...838...65P and many other papers
 
Description LOFAR Key Surveys 
Organisation Leiden University
Department Astronomy
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-I Survey Design
Collaborator Contribution Huub Rottgering leads
Impact Survey proposal Survey observing plan Early data
Start Year 2006
 
Description Planck collaboration 
Organisation Paris Institute of Astrophysics
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Cosmological parameters, likelihood, CMB lensing, Non-Gaussianity and Doppler.
Collaborator Contribution satellite, instruments, data, analysis, other cosmology topics
Impact Planck Collaboration 2013 papers (see paper list)
 
Description Planck collaboration 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Institute of Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Cosmological parameters, likelihood, CMB lensing, Non-Gaussianity and Doppler.
Collaborator Contribution satellite, instruments, data, analysis, other cosmology topics
Impact Planck Collaboration 2013 papers (see paper list)
 
Description VISTA VIDEO 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Member of management Team
Collaborator Contribution PI
Impact Papers Data Products
Start Year 2006
 
Description Virgo Supercomputing Consortium 
Organisation Durham University
Department Astronomy & Astrophysics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founding member; steering group member; code development; project lead.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of supercomputer facilities; joint steering rout membership; code development; multiple project leadership.
Impact Many of the outputs listed separately in this report (I am not going to list them all again here). They will each have an appropriate acknowledgement.
 
Description Virgo Supercomputing Consortium 
Organisation Leiden University
Department Leiden Institute of Physics
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founding member; steering group member; code development; project lead.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of supercomputer facilities; joint steering rout membership; code development; multiple project leadership.
Impact Many of the outputs listed separately in this report (I am not going to list them all again here). They will each have an appropriate acknowledgement.
 
Description Virgo Supercomputing Consortium 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Department Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Founding member; steering group member; code development; project lead.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of supercomputer facilities; joint steering rout membership; code development; multiple project leadership.
Impact Many of the outputs listed separately in this report (I am not going to list them all again here). They will each have an appropriate acknowledgement.
 
Description Virgo Supercomputing Consortium 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founding member; steering group member; code development; project lead.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of supercomputer facilities; joint steering rout membership; code development; multiple project leadership.
Impact Many of the outputs listed separately in this report (I am not going to list them all again here). They will each have an appropriate acknowledgement.
 
Description Virgo Supercomputing Consortium 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founding member; steering group member; code development; project lead.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of supercomputer facilities; joint steering rout membership; code development; multiple project leadership.
Impact Many of the outputs listed separately in this report (I am not going to list them all again here). They will each have an appropriate acknowledgement.
 
Description XCS 
Organisation Liverpool John Moores University
Department Astrophysics Research Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution XCS is led by myself from Sussex
Collaborator Contribution XCS is a collaboration, my partners play vital science and infrastructure roles
Impact papers, public outreach and PhD theses
 
Description XCS 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution XCS is led by myself from Sussex
Collaborator Contribution XCS is a collaboration, my partners play vital science and infrastructure roles
Impact papers, public outreach and PhD theses
 
Description XCS 
Organisation University of KwaZulu-Natal
Department Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution XCS is led by myself from Sussex
Collaborator Contribution XCS is a collaboration, my partners play vital science and infrastructure roles
Impact papers, public outreach and PhD theses
 
Description XCS 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department School of Physics and Astronomy Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution XCS is led by myself from Sussex
Collaborator Contribution XCS is a collaboration, my partners play vital science and infrastructure roles
Impact papers, public outreach and PhD theses
 
Description XCS 
Organisation University of Michigan
Department Department of Astronomy
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution XCS is led by myself from Sussex
Collaborator Contribution XCS is a collaboration, my partners play vital science and infrastructure roles
Impact papers, public outreach and PhD theses
 
Description XCS 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution XCS is led by myself from Sussex
Collaborator Contribution XCS is a collaboration, my partners play vital science and infrastructure roles
Impact papers, public outreach and PhD theses
 
Description XCS 
Organisation University of Porto
Department Physics
Country Portugal 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution XCS is led by myself from Sussex
Collaborator Contribution XCS is a collaboration, my partners play vital science and infrastructure roles
Impact papers, public outreach and PhD theses
 
Description XCS 
Organisation University of Portsmouth
Department Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution XCS is led by myself from Sussex
Collaborator Contribution XCS is a collaboration, my partners play vital science and infrastructure roles
Impact papers, public outreach and PhD theses
 
Description XMM Cluster Survey 
Organisation Fermilab - Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Department FNAL - Other
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership and collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact ~25 journal articles, 12 PhD theses
 
Description XMM Cluster Survey 
Organisation Lancaster University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership and collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact ~25 journal articles, 12 PhD theses
 
Description XMM Cluster Survey 
Organisation Liverpool John Moores University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership and collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact ~25 journal articles, 12 PhD theses
 
Description XMM Cluster Survey 
Organisation Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU Munich)
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership and collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact ~25 journal articles, 12 PhD theses
 
Description XMM Cluster Survey 
Organisation University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
Department Physics Department
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership and collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact ~25 journal articles, 12 PhD theses
 
Description XMM Cluster Survey 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Department Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership and collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact ~25 journal articles, 12 PhD theses
 
Description XMM Cluster Survey 
Organisation University of KwaZulu-Natal
Department Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership and collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact ~25 journal articles, 12 PhD theses
 
Description XMM Cluster Survey 
Organisation University of Michigan
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership and collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact ~25 journal articles, 12 PhD theses
 
Description XMM Cluster Survey 
Organisation University of Porto
Country Portugal 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership and collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact ~25 journal articles, 12 PhD theses
 
Description XMM Cluster Survey 
Organisation University of Portsmouth
Department Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership and collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact ~25 journal articles, 12 PhD theses
 
Description XMM Cluster Survey 
Organisation Uppsala University
Country Sweden 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific leadership and collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Scientific collaboration
Impact ~25 journal articles, 12 PhD theses
 
Title CAMB 
Description Calculates numerical predictions for cosmological power spectra 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2014 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Used for most cosmological parameter analyses, including WMAP and Planck. 
URL http://camb.info/
 
Title Cosmomc 
Description Cosmological (and more general) parameter estimation by Markov Chain Monte Carlo 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2014 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Widely used internationally, e.g. in Planck results 
URL http://cosmologist.info/cosmomc/
 
Title DESPOHOT 
Description Simultaneously fits point sources in a map at the position of known sources 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2014 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Academic papers and Herschel data products 
URL https://github.com/H-E-L-P/DESPHOT
 
Title XID 
Description Simultaneously fits point sources in a map at the position of known sources. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2014 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Academic papers and data products from Herschel data. 
URL https://github.com/H-E-L-P/XID_basic
 
Description Admissions materials for Sussex physics department 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Hundreds of people (prospective students and parents) have accessed materials that feature photographs from the supported activity (telescope run in Arizona in 2008). The reason these photographs are used is because I took an undergraduate with me to the telescope.

Our UG applications have increased 50% year on year for 2 years. This is NOT only due to the materials mentioned here, but everything plays a part.

Please note my answer to 5.9 is not correct, since various method were used, but there is no "other" option.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2009,2010,2011
 
Description Articles in magazines 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Romer's research has features in various publications including: Viva Lewis, Space magazine, Financial Times, Argus, Womanthology, WISE People Like Me, Daily Mail

don't know
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
 
Description AstroFest 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact AstroFest 2019
800+ people in the audience, including Brian May!

Great response to talk by public afterwards, plus feedback from 3rd parties
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://europeanastrofest.com/2019/01/25/kathy-romer/
 
Description Astronomy Master Class 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Romer's research has been featured at the Department's Astronomy Master Class (annual event in December, plus occasional repeats in other months for smaller groups).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
 
Description BBC Sussex 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact talked about DES

don't know
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013
 
Description BHASVIC IWD 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact IWD panel at BHASVIC ~50 people in the audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Brighton Astro talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk at Brighton Astro society in June 2018. ~70 people in audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://brightonastro.com
 
Description DES end of nights 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Social media blitz related to the last nights observing for DES. 30 days of posts, >100 in total. Reach in 10,000s
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.darkenergysurvey.org/desendofnights/
 
Description DES press release at Sussex 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press Release related to DES end of nights
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.sussex.ac.uk/news/media-centre/press-releases/id/47262
 
Description Edinburgh Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact April 2018. Panel for Edinburgh Science Festival on Cosmology. ~200 people (ticketed)

We were sent a poem afterwards

Dark Matter

You are a constellation of dark matter
An utterance in a vast and sprawling universe
Your potential by nature infinite
But blue-red eyes filter out the light

A trillion black holes
Little whirlpools filling the expanse
Bringing light to consciousness
Like a trillion whirring cogs

A pointillist picture
With the points in constant motion
Superimposing upon one another
Seemingly unaware of each other's presence

Yet

Creating a whole.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.sciencefestival.co.uk
 
Description IoP evening talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact IoP evening lecture at University of Surrey
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://events.iop.org/branch-lecture-dark-energy-survey-and-beginning-industrial-revolution-cosmolog...
 
Description Lewes STEM fest 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lewes STEMfest April 2018 - all the PhD students + JessicaK. 850 people visited the event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Local Science Festivals 16/17 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Romer's research has been presented at Science Festivals (Brighton and Lewes) through hands on activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description London Student Conferences - Physics Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact ~40 A-level students from schools across London attended this conference at the Royal National Hotel, designed to inspire students to broaden their study beyond the pure A-level curriculum. Questions and discussion followed.

Slides + recorded presentation made available to attendees for follow-up work.

Disseminates results of research, links to the curriculum and promotes physics as a career.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description New Scientist master class 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Masterclass to ~500 people. They pay ~£1000 for the day. ~6 talks in total, plus a panel discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.newscientist.com/science-events/
 
Description Participation in BBC Nature programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact I don't know how large the audience was, but I have had more than 100 queries from members of the public (mostly UK and USA, but also India and Australia)

I have been invited to give a public talks by a variety of organisations, including science festivals. These are mostly in the local area, but also in Cambridge, Oxford and Bath.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
 
Description Public talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk to Lewes astronomers, South Downs Astronomical Society, Vectis Astronomical Society, local schools, ...

Report on most recent talk (22 Feb 2013) appeared in newsletter of Vectis Astronomical Society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2006,2007,2008,
 
Description RAL talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact talk at RAL. given twice to ~150 people each time
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://stfc.ukri.org/public-engagement/activities-for-the-public/visit-the-rutherford-appleton-labor...
 
Description School talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Multiple (2-3 per year) talks/interactive sessions:
At schools in the region
As part of the Sussex Physics "Schools Lab" programme
Disseminating results of research, linking to the curriculum and promoting physics as a career.

May have contributed to large increase in Physics UG recruitment in the region (far above the national average).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015
 
Description School visits 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presentation & discussion

Regular visits
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010,2011,2012,2013
URL http://www.sussex.ac.uk/physics/outreach/schoolslab
 
Description School visits/interactions various locations in SE England 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact total of ~300 pupils (in groups ranging in size from 10 to 100), plenty of discussions afterwards


I helped a school attract speakers for their science enhancement programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
 
Description Schools Lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Romer's research has been featured during at least once per year at the Department's regular Schools Lab events for Y11, Y12, Y13 physics pupils.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2006,2007,2008,
 
Description Soap Box Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Soap Box Science - Newcastle 2015; London 2015; London 2017. Also part of organising committee for SBS Brighton 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2017
 
Description Star Gazing Live 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Romer's research on cosmology has been featured at Star Gazing Live. This includes, hands on activities, public talks and workshops with school groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
 
Description Star Gazing Live 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact SGL on campus: plenary talks in 2015, interactive activities in 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
 
Description Sussex Universe 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Sussex Universe (on campus) talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.sussex.ac.uk/physics/outreach/public/publicevents
 
Description Talk (public, Sussex) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 300 people (public, colleagues, university students, and school students) attended my professorial inaugural lecture "Gone in a Yoctosecond: a Rough Guide to the Big Bang").

Stream available on Sussex web: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/newsandevents/sussexlectures/2013
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Talks to schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact ~2 talks/year to A-Level students in groups in ~10 each visiting Sussex as part of the "Schools Lab" outreach programme. Questions and discussions followed.

May have contributed to large increase in Physics UG recruitment in the region (far above the national average).

Disseminates results of research, links to the curriculum and promotes physics as a career.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013
 
Description media engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Romer has interacted with the media in relation to her role in DES EPO: e.g. queries from Nature, Mail on line
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description media regional (17/18 reporting round) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Argus "60 seconds with" article; Viva Brighton article; UoS Citizen Science article; UoS Impact Day profiles
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description talks to members of the public (various locations in UK, also in Arizona, Michigan and Chile) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Romer has presented her research in public talks to a wide range of audiences (in groups ranging in size from 30 to 200): Astronomy Societies; Science Festivals; Astronomy Festivals; Science clubs (Cafe Scientifique etc.)

none
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010,2011,2012,2013