Warwick Astrophysics Consolidated Grant 2014-2017

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

What type of objects power the most violent explosions in the Universe? What kind of galaxies host them? How do the "dead stars" called white dwarfs explode? What are planets around other stars like? How many are there? What processes shake and heat the surface our Sun and drive the wind that buffets our planet? These questions, which range from our closest star and near neighbours in our Galaxy to the furthest reaches of the observable Universe are the areas that the Warwick astrophysics groups propose to investigate. We will do so with a mixture of observations using ground- and space-based telescopes, theoretical developments and computationally-intensive numerical modelling. It is quite remarkable that today we understand so much about the rest of the Universe even though it remains beyond our direct reach. This is because of enormous advances in our understanding of physics which allows us to extrapolate into regimes unimaginably different from those on Earth in terms of temperature, density, motion and magnetic field. Our Solar system is one of the few regions we can directly reach, but even here, the surface of the Sun is too harsh for any direct measurement. Luckily it is possible to probe conditions there through observations of propagating waves in which magnetic fields are coupled to hot, electrically-conducting material called plasma, much as one can probe conditions within the Earth using seismic waves generated by earthquakes. At Warwick we will carry out a program of high-speed observations using novel radio telescopes and numerical modelling to improve these remote probes of the active surface of our closest star. The surface of the Sun is the starting point for the solar wind, and occasional ejection events which cause the Northern Lights and even affect electrical power grids. The solar wind is now being measured in situ from satellites, and we will develop the tools needed to understand the complex and turbulent fluctuations that characterise it. Moving further afield, there has been a remarkable blossoming of knowledge of other solar systems in the past 15 years, and we now know of more than 800 planets around other stars. Warwick is the lead institute in a European collaboration to implement a new survey in which stars are surveyed for the presence of planets through the small decrease in light that occurs as the planets cross our line of sigh to the star. These are the most interesting planets to find because they allow us to measure both the mass and radius of the planet, and hence we can find their mean density. The density depends upon composition and thus we have the incredible prospect of probing what planets around other stars are made of. Further out still our other themes concern explosive objects and events, and the more distant Universe. Most stars end their lives in the form of objects called white dwarfs. White dwarfs are usually highly stable, but it is known that they can be made to explode through uncontrolled nuclear fusion which can tear through the entire star within a few seconds, destroying the white dwarf and producing one the optically brightest explosion that we know of. What we don't know is how this happens, or in what systems. At Warwick we will look at nearby white dwarfs in our Galaxy to understand their structure and how they can gain mass from companion stars, which is thought to be the trigger for the explosions. The brightest explosions of all are the Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs), which are rare, but so bright that they can be seen more than 10 billion light-years away in the distant Universe. Remarkably for such dramatic events, there seem to be multiple ways for them to occur. Our aim is to understand what the different underlying causes are for GRBs. GRBs come from stars residing in galaxies. The nature of those galaxies and their environment is our final theme which addresses how galaxies evolve in nature and type over the 13 billion year history of the Universe.

Planned Impact

The Astronomy and CFSA groups are extensively involved in both inspirational and industrial impact. We have engaged at various levels to meet the growing public interest in STFC science, reflected in our broad and innovative approach to outreach, spanning formal presentations to interest groups (local astronomical societies), active engagement with TV, radio, print media and larger projects (eg NESTA). We generate by far the most media mentions in the Physics Department (source: Communications Office, University of Warwick), leveraging our research results to reach a large international audience. Thanks to a full-time schools liaison officer in the department, we also have a diverse program targeting teachers and pupils at local schools and the wider community.

The Astronomy group's work on exoplanets and high-speed astrophysics drives technical requirements for instrumentation which has led to active involvement in product development, pushing industrial partners such as Andor technologies and GRPro to develop new products that now feature in their catalogues. These collaborations have led to industrial placements for young researchers and sponsored studentships. We will use resources at Warwick to promote cross-disciplinary engagement and training through Warwick's Institute for Advanced Studies, the Learning and Development Centre and sponsored specialist workshops. These will ensure that the young researchers on this proposal will receive a broad range of transferable skills training. We will engage the same researchers and staff in a new formalised schools programme under the direction of the schools liaison officer, carrying our research to schools via planetarium-based visits, and through reciprocal visits from teachers and students.

The CFSA provides a unique opportunity for knowledge exchange between the fusion plasma physics community and that of solar system plasma physics. The techniques that we propose to develop for data analysis of nonlinear phenomena, and in HPC, are of generic application and are at the forefront of grand challenges to both laboratory and astrophysical plasmas. The structure of the CFSA is specifically designed to foster the exchange of ideas between the STFC supported plasma astrophysics programme proposed here, and the EPSRC supported programme in plasma physics for fusion in its widest sense. This follows from our extensive track record of joint projects. By maintaining strong research links with industry, e.g. AWE, Culham and Fluid Gravity, we will continue to facilitate movement of our highly trained PhD students into the industrial sector. Our former graduates now have positions for example in UK industrial R&D (Fluid Gravity, Littlestick) and in national facilities (QinetiQ, AWE, Proudham Oceanology, CCFE Culham, Financial and Defence Consultancy).

The capacity building role of graduate and postgraduate training in its broadest sense is widely recognised in that effective and efficient high technology knowledge exchange is often best delivered through the movement of skilled people within and between research establishments and industrial sectors. The framework for direct KE and capacity building is in place. The PDRAs for which we request support here would have direct exposure to training and ideas in plasma physics for both space and fusion, and the relevant generic techniques in data analysis and HPC. Thus we anticipate a free flow of ideas, and highly trained and motivated young scientists between the two sectors. We will use our findings to present new methodologies to doctoral students at Warwick and to other graduate schools at which the Investigators give courses.

Impact through outreach will be realised from the start of the grant. Researchers trained through our programme will carry their skills to other areas from the end of the period.

Organisations

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description Staff supported on this grant are addressing a range of questions relating to extrasolar planets, binary stars and cosmic explosions. Numerous papers in each of these areas have already been submitted and published (see publications). Some key findings are: multiple discoveries of new planets outside our solar system; the discovery of the first deeply eclipsing accreting double white dwarf, a system with a period of only 50 minutes; observations of the break-up of an asteroid or asteroids close to a white dwarf; precise parameters for several white dwarf systems at the level where one can distinguish different models of their interiors; evidence of stars being torn apart by the black-holes that lie at the centre of most galaxies; a unique magnetised white dwarf lighthouse that challenges our understanding of how magnetic stars are spun up.
Exploitation Route We are already identifying next step projects and questions that are raised by our research, and these have been part of telescope and grant proposals (some of which have already been successful).
Sectors Education,Other

 
Description Work on this grant is addressing central issues in the nature of exoplanetary systems, binary stars and cosmic explosions and the nature of the surface of our Sun. We have already published 160 papers utilising this grant. The funds for exoplanetary research concern the NGTS project, which makes significant demands on detectors and there has been a significant flow back to the manufacturer, Andor Technologies, on aspects of the CCD detectors used. This has been a continual process since NGTS started.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Economic

 
Description STFC AGP 2013-2016
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description XMM Panel - 2011/12, 2017/18
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Fundamental plasma physics of the sun and heliosphere: CFSA Warwick
Amount £1,055,502 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/P000320/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2020
 
Description PPRP Detector Development for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope
Amount £3,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2019
 
Description Seismology of Solar Coronal Active Regions
Amount £90,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 277352569 
Organisation British Council 
Department British Council Researcher Links
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2019
 
Description Warwick investment in the NGTS project
Amount £370,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Warwick 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2009 
End 07/2015
 
Description Warwick-Monash Alliance investment in the GOTO project
Amount £300,000 (GBP)
Organisation Monash Warwick Alliance 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2014 
End 04/2019
 
Title Binary Population and Spectral Synthesis (BPASS) v2.0 
Description The Binary Population and Spectral Synthesis (BPASS) models are a direct result of the collaboration of Elizabeth Stanway with Dr J J Eldridge (University of Auckland). These model the effects of stellar binary interactions on individual stars and thus on the composite light measured from distant galaxies. They can be used for fitting data and analysing predictions for observations to reconstruct galaxy properties. Version 2.0 of the models was developed in 2014/2015 and released in 2015 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact To date there have been eight publications accepted based on BPASS v2.0, including those by research groups with which we have no association, with several more in preparation. These include Stanway, Eldridge & Becker, 2015, MNRAS, 456, 485 and Wilkins et al, 2016, MNRAS, 458, L6 
URL http://bpass.auckland.ac.nz
 
Description DKIST CSP Workshop 
Organisation New Mexico State University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Team member of a series of two workshops investigating the science for DKIST
Collaborator Contribution The workshops have not begin yet, first for December 2017
Impact The workshops have not begin yet, first for December 2017 but envisage it will contribute to the planning of science exploitation of the UK/Warwick funded DKIST solar telescope
Start Year 2017
 
Description DKIST CSP Workshop 
Organisation Northumbria University
Department Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Team member of a series of two workshops investigating the science for DKIST
Collaborator Contribution The workshops have not begin yet, first for December 2017
Impact The workshops have not begin yet, first for December 2017 but envisage it will contribute to the planning of science exploitation of the UK/Warwick funded DKIST solar telescope
Start Year 2017
 
Description GOTO collaboration 
Organisation Armagh Observatory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Warwick leads this international project, Steeghs is the overall PI
Collaborator Contribution Capital investments for hardware and substantial in-kind contributions
Impact Press releases, media coverage, Nature Astronomy feature.
Start Year 2015
 
Description GOTO collaboration 
Organisation Monash University
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Warwick leads this international project, Steeghs is the overall PI
Collaborator Contribution Capital investments for hardware and substantial in-kind contributions
Impact Press releases, media coverage, Nature Astronomy feature.
Start Year 2015
 
Description GOTO collaboration 
Organisation National Astronomical Research Institute Of Thailand
Country Thailand 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Warwick leads this international project, Steeghs is the overall PI
Collaborator Contribution Capital investments for hardware and substantial in-kind contributions
Impact Press releases, media coverage, Nature Astronomy feature.
Start Year 2015
 
Description GOTO collaboration 
Organisation University of Leicester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Warwick leads this international project, Steeghs is the overall PI
Collaborator Contribution Capital investments for hardware and substantial in-kind contributions
Impact Press releases, media coverage, Nature Astronomy feature.
Start Year 2015
 
Description GOTO collaboration 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Warwick leads this international project, Steeghs is the overall PI
Collaborator Contribution Capital investments for hardware and substantial in-kind contributions
Impact Press releases, media coverage, Nature Astronomy feature.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team "Towards Dynamic Solar Atmospheric Magneto-Seismology with New Generation Instrumentation" 
Organisation Northumbria University
Department Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contributing core team member
Collaborator Contribution This ISSI team has only begun, the first meeting occurred end of March 2017, the second meeting will take place July 2018
Impact This ISSI team has only begun, the first meeting will occur end of March 2017. Likely outputs will be the advancement of the study of MHD waves in the solar atmosphere, the development of tools to analyse wave signature in plasmas in general, and application in preparation of analysis of data from the UK/Warwick funded DKIST solar telecope
Start Year 2017
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team "Towards Dynamic Solar Atmospheric Magneto-Seismology with New Generation Instrumentation" 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Department School of Mathematics and Statistics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contributing core team member
Collaborator Contribution This ISSI team has only begun, the first meeting occurred end of March 2017, the second meeting will take place July 2018
Impact This ISSI team has only begun, the first meeting will occur end of March 2017. Likely outputs will be the advancement of the study of MHD waves in the solar atmosphere, the development of tools to analyse wave signature in plasmas in general, and application in preparation of analysis of data from the UK/Warwick funded DKIST solar telecope
Start Year 2017
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System 
Organisation ESA - ESTEC
Country Netherlands 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution team member on ISSI team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System, together with my Phd student Rebecca White, lead by Dr Claire Foullon (Univ. Exeter), with three cross-disciplinary week-long meetings, to encourage international cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations made by myself and my PhD student at the meetings
Impact An extensive review paper on the topic of the team is in preparation.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution team member on ISSI team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System, together with my Phd student Rebecca White, lead by Dr Claire Foullon (Univ. Exeter), with three cross-disciplinary week-long meetings, to encourage international cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations made by myself and my PhD student at the meetings
Impact An extensive review paper on the topic of the team is in preparation.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System 
Organisation University of Exeter
Department School of Mathematics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution team member on ISSI team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System, together with my Phd student Rebecca White, lead by Dr Claire Foullon (Univ. Exeter), with three cross-disciplinary week-long meetings, to encourage international cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations made by myself and my PhD student at the meetings
Impact An extensive review paper on the topic of the team is in preparation.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System 
Organisation University of Graz
Department Institute of Physics
Country Austria 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution team member on ISSI team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System, together with my Phd student Rebecca White, lead by Dr Claire Foullon (Univ. Exeter), with three cross-disciplinary week-long meetings, to encourage international cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations made by myself and my PhD student at the meetings
Impact An extensive review paper on the topic of the team is in preparation.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System 
Organisation University of Leuven
Department Department of Mathematics
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution team member on ISSI team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System, together with my Phd student Rebecca White, lead by Dr Claire Foullon (Univ. Exeter), with three cross-disciplinary week-long meetings, to encourage international cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations made by myself and my PhD student at the meetings
Impact An extensive review paper on the topic of the team is in preparation.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System 
Organisation University of New Hampshire
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution team member on ISSI team on Flow-driven Instabilities of the Sun-Earth System, together with my Phd student Rebecca White, lead by Dr Claire Foullon (Univ. Exeter), with three cross-disciplinary week-long meetings, to encourage international cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations made by myself and my PhD student at the meetings
Impact An extensive review paper on the topic of the team is in preparation.
Start Year 2012
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling 
Organisation Austrian Academy of Sciences
Department Space Research Institute
Country Austria 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution member of ISSI team, together with my PhD student Petra Kohutova, (lead by Patrick Antolin) on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling. Three workshops where international experts gather to share and collaborate on the topic of solar atmospheric heat balance.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations by myself and my PhD student at meetings
Impact Joint publication are envisaged.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling 
Organisation Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution member of ISSI team, together with my PhD student Petra Kohutova, (lead by Patrick Antolin) on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling. Three workshops where international experts gather to share and collaborate on the topic of solar atmospheric heat balance.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations by myself and my PhD student at meetings
Impact Joint publication are envisaged.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling 
Organisation NCAR National Center for Atmospheric Research
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution member of ISSI team, together with my PhD student Petra Kohutova, (lead by Patrick Antolin) on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling. Three workshops where international experts gather to share and collaborate on the topic of solar atmospheric heat balance.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations by myself and my PhD student at meetings
Impact Joint publication are envisaged.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling 
Organisation National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution member of ISSI team, together with my PhD student Petra Kohutova, (lead by Patrick Antolin) on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling. Three workshops where international experts gather to share and collaborate on the topic of solar atmospheric heat balance.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations by myself and my PhD student at meetings
Impact Joint publication are envisaged.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling 
Organisation Stanford University
Department Stanford Lockheed Institute for Space Research
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution member of ISSI team, together with my PhD student Petra Kohutova, (lead by Patrick Antolin) on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling. Three workshops where international experts gather to share and collaborate on the topic of solar atmospheric heat balance.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations by myself and my PhD student at meetings
Impact Joint publication are envisaged.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling 
Organisation University of California, Berkeley
Department Space Sciences Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution member of ISSI team, together with my PhD student Petra Kohutova, (lead by Patrick Antolin) on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling. Three workshops where international experts gather to share and collaborate on the topic of solar atmospheric heat balance.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations by myself and my PhD student at meetings
Impact Joint publication are envisaged.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling 
Organisation University of Leuven
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution member of ISSI team, together with my PhD student Petra Kohutova, (lead by Patrick Antolin) on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling. Three workshops where international experts gather to share and collaborate on the topic of solar atmospheric heat balance.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations by myself and my PhD student at meetings
Impact Joint publication are envisaged.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ISSI (International Space Science Institute) team on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling 
Organisation University of Oslo
Country Norway 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution member of ISSI team, together with my PhD student Petra Kohutova, (lead by Patrick Antolin) on Implications for coronal heating and magnetic fields from coronal rain observations and modelling. Three workshops where international experts gather to share and collaborate on the topic of solar atmospheric heat balance.
Collaborator Contribution Presentations by myself and my PhD student at meetings
Impact Joint publication are envisaged.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ISSI international team "MHD Oscillations in the Solar Corona and Earth's Magnetosphere" 
Organisation International Space Science Institute (ISSI)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Team leader
Collaborator Contribution Team members
Impact Nakariakov, V.M., et al., Magnetohydrodynamic oscillations in the solar corona and Earth's magnetosphere: Towards consolidated understanding, Space Sci. Rev. 200, 75-203, 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s11214-015-0233-0
Start Year 2012
 
Description ISSI-BJ (Beijing, China) international team "Magnetohydrodynamic Seismology of the Solar Corona" 
Organisation International Space Science Institute (ISSI)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Team leader
Collaborator Contribution Team members
Impact Established research collaboration
Start Year 2015
 
Description NGTS Consortium 
Organisation Andor Technology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We are leading the development of the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), which is a project aiming to discover small planets around bright stars using an array of robotic telescopes at the ESO Paranal site in Chile. We initiated the project with an institutional investment of £300k, and have been joined by 5 partner institutes all making comparable financial investments. At Warwick we have purchased key components of the facility (including CCD cameras and telescope mounts), led site negotiations with ESO, and we are leading the development of the observatory control and data analysis software. In the operational phase of the project, with support from STFC, we will carrying out the data analysis and lead the search for new planets in NGTS data.
Collaborator Contribution Geneva - have purchased key equipment and led the mechanical and optical design of the telescope array. DLR - have purchased CCD cameras and contributed to the development of data analysis software. Leicester - have purchased CCD cameras and computing hardware and led the calibration of the CCD cameras. Cavendish - have purchased key equipment and provided staff support for the installation of the facility in Chile. Belfast - developed a prototype instrument for La Palma that demonstrated the scientific feasibility of the survey.
Impact Primary output will be the discovery and characterisation of new exoplanets (published in peer reviewed journals). The NGTS data will also be made publicly available through the ESO data archive. Our collaboration with the manufacturer of our CCD cameras (Andor) has resulted in a new camera product and an improved understanding of CCD camera stability.
Start Year 2009
 
Description NGTS Consortium 
Organisation German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
Department DLR Institute Of Planetary Research
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are leading the development of the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), which is a project aiming to discover small planets around bright stars using an array of robotic telescopes at the ESO Paranal site in Chile. We initiated the project with an institutional investment of £300k, and have been joined by 5 partner institutes all making comparable financial investments. At Warwick we have purchased key components of the facility (including CCD cameras and telescope mounts), led site negotiations with ESO, and we are leading the development of the observatory control and data analysis software. In the operational phase of the project, with support from STFC, we will carrying out the data analysis and lead the search for new planets in NGTS data.
Collaborator Contribution Geneva - have purchased key equipment and led the mechanical and optical design of the telescope array. DLR - have purchased CCD cameras and contributed to the development of data analysis software. Leicester - have purchased CCD cameras and computing hardware and led the calibration of the CCD cameras. Cavendish - have purchased key equipment and provided staff support for the installation of the facility in Chile. Belfast - developed a prototype instrument for La Palma that demonstrated the scientific feasibility of the survey.
Impact Primary output will be the discovery and characterisation of new exoplanets (published in peer reviewed journals). The NGTS data will also be made publicly available through the ESO data archive. Our collaboration with the manufacturer of our CCD cameras (Andor) has resulted in a new camera product and an improved understanding of CCD camera stability.
Start Year 2009
 
Description NGTS Consortium 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are leading the development of the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), which is a project aiming to discover small planets around bright stars using an array of robotic telescopes at the ESO Paranal site in Chile. We initiated the project with an institutional investment of £300k, and have been joined by 5 partner institutes all making comparable financial investments. At Warwick we have purchased key components of the facility (including CCD cameras and telescope mounts), led site negotiations with ESO, and we are leading the development of the observatory control and data analysis software. In the operational phase of the project, with support from STFC, we will carrying out the data analysis and lead the search for new planets in NGTS data.
Collaborator Contribution Geneva - have purchased key equipment and led the mechanical and optical design of the telescope array. DLR - have purchased CCD cameras and contributed to the development of data analysis software. Leicester - have purchased CCD cameras and computing hardware and led the calibration of the CCD cameras. Cavendish - have purchased key equipment and provided staff support for the installation of the facility in Chile. Belfast - developed a prototype instrument for La Palma that demonstrated the scientific feasibility of the survey.
Impact Primary output will be the discovery and characterisation of new exoplanets (published in peer reviewed journals). The NGTS data will also be made publicly available through the ESO data archive. Our collaboration with the manufacturer of our CCD cameras (Andor) has resulted in a new camera product and an improved understanding of CCD camera stability.
Start Year 2009
 
Description NGTS Consortium 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Cavendish Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are leading the development of the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), which is a project aiming to discover small planets around bright stars using an array of robotic telescopes at the ESO Paranal site in Chile. We initiated the project with an institutional investment of £300k, and have been joined by 5 partner institutes all making comparable financial investments. At Warwick we have purchased key components of the facility (including CCD cameras and telescope mounts), led site negotiations with ESO, and we are leading the development of the observatory control and data analysis software. In the operational phase of the project, with support from STFC, we will carrying out the data analysis and lead the search for new planets in NGTS data.
Collaborator Contribution Geneva - have purchased key equipment and led the mechanical and optical design of the telescope array. DLR - have purchased CCD cameras and contributed to the development of data analysis software. Leicester - have purchased CCD cameras and computing hardware and led the calibration of the CCD cameras. Cavendish - have purchased key equipment and provided staff support for the installation of the facility in Chile. Belfast - developed a prototype instrument for La Palma that demonstrated the scientific feasibility of the survey.
Impact Primary output will be the discovery and characterisation of new exoplanets (published in peer reviewed journals). The NGTS data will also be made publicly available through the ESO data archive. Our collaboration with the manufacturer of our CCD cameras (Andor) has resulted in a new camera product and an improved understanding of CCD camera stability.
Start Year 2009
 
Description NGTS Consortium 
Organisation University of Chile
Department Department of Astronomy (DAS)
Country Chile 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are leading the development of the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), which is a project aiming to discover small planets around bright stars using an array of robotic telescopes at the ESO Paranal site in Chile. We initiated the project with an institutional investment of £300k, and have been joined by 5 partner institutes all making comparable financial investments. At Warwick we have purchased key components of the facility (including CCD cameras and telescope mounts), led site negotiations with ESO, and we are leading the development of the observatory control and data analysis software. In the operational phase of the project, with support from STFC, we will carrying out the data analysis and lead the search for new planets in NGTS data.
Collaborator Contribution Geneva - have purchased key equipment and led the mechanical and optical design of the telescope array. DLR - have purchased CCD cameras and contributed to the development of data analysis software. Leicester - have purchased CCD cameras and computing hardware and led the calibration of the CCD cameras. Cavendish - have purchased key equipment and provided staff support for the installation of the facility in Chile. Belfast - developed a prototype instrument for La Palma that demonstrated the scientific feasibility of the survey.
Impact Primary output will be the discovery and characterisation of new exoplanets (published in peer reviewed journals). The NGTS data will also be made publicly available through the ESO data archive. Our collaboration with the manufacturer of our CCD cameras (Andor) has resulted in a new camera product and an improved understanding of CCD camera stability.
Start Year 2009
 
Description NGTS Consortium 
Organisation University of Geneva
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are leading the development of the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), which is a project aiming to discover small planets around bright stars using an array of robotic telescopes at the ESO Paranal site in Chile. We initiated the project with an institutional investment of £300k, and have been joined by 5 partner institutes all making comparable financial investments. At Warwick we have purchased key components of the facility (including CCD cameras and telescope mounts), led site negotiations with ESO, and we are leading the development of the observatory control and data analysis software. In the operational phase of the project, with support from STFC, we will carrying out the data analysis and lead the search for new planets in NGTS data.
Collaborator Contribution Geneva - have purchased key equipment and led the mechanical and optical design of the telescope array. DLR - have purchased CCD cameras and contributed to the development of data analysis software. Leicester - have purchased CCD cameras and computing hardware and led the calibration of the CCD cameras. Cavendish - have purchased key equipment and provided staff support for the installation of the facility in Chile. Belfast - developed a prototype instrument for La Palma that demonstrated the scientific feasibility of the survey.
Impact Primary output will be the discovery and characterisation of new exoplanets (published in peer reviewed journals). The NGTS data will also be made publicly available through the ESO data archive. Our collaboration with the manufacturer of our CCD cameras (Andor) has resulted in a new camera product and an improved understanding of CCD camera stability.
Start Year 2009
 
Description NGTS Consortium 
Organisation University of Leicester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are leading the development of the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), which is a project aiming to discover small planets around bright stars using an array of robotic telescopes at the ESO Paranal site in Chile. We initiated the project with an institutional investment of £300k, and have been joined by 5 partner institutes all making comparable financial investments. At Warwick we have purchased key components of the facility (including CCD cameras and telescope mounts), led site negotiations with ESO, and we are leading the development of the observatory control and data analysis software. In the operational phase of the project, with support from STFC, we will carrying out the data analysis and lead the search for new planets in NGTS data.
Collaborator Contribution Geneva - have purchased key equipment and led the mechanical and optical design of the telescope array. DLR - have purchased CCD cameras and contributed to the development of data analysis software. Leicester - have purchased CCD cameras and computing hardware and led the calibration of the CCD cameras. Cavendish - have purchased key equipment and provided staff support for the installation of the facility in Chile. Belfast - developed a prototype instrument for La Palma that demonstrated the scientific feasibility of the survey.
Impact Primary output will be the discovery and characterisation of new exoplanets (published in peer reviewed journals). The NGTS data will also be made publicly available through the ESO data archive. Our collaboration with the manufacturer of our CCD cameras (Andor) has resulted in a new camera product and an improved understanding of CCD camera stability.
Start Year 2009
 
Description Planet evaporation collaboration 
Organisation Paris Institute of Astrophysics
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We work together on a series of space telescope observations of evaporating exoplanets, primarily Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra and XMM-Newton. This has resulted in a series of papers in which we investigate the physical conditions driving planet evaporation. The Warwick contribution has been to lead observations of the X-ray irradiation of the planets, thought to drive planetary evaporation.
Collaborator Contribution Paris and Geneva bring expertise in high precision observations with the Hubble Space Telescope, which is necessary to detect the resulting mass loss from the exoplanets.
Impact Five papers to date in refereed journals (listed separately) including one on Nature and further observations with Hubble, Chandra and XMM-Newton scheduled.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Planet evaporation collaboration 
Organisation University of Geneva
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We work together on a series of space telescope observations of evaporating exoplanets, primarily Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra and XMM-Newton. This has resulted in a series of papers in which we investigate the physical conditions driving planet evaporation. The Warwick contribution has been to lead observations of the X-ray irradiation of the planets, thought to drive planetary evaporation.
Collaborator Contribution Paris and Geneva bring expertise in high precision observations with the Hubble Space Telescope, which is necessary to detect the resulting mass loss from the exoplanets.
Impact Five papers to date in refereed journals (listed separately) including one on Nature and further observations with Hubble, Chandra and XMM-Newton scheduled.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Solar and heliospheric working group in the Square Kilometre Array project 
Organisation SKA Square Kilometre Array
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Co-founder
Collaborator Contribution Co-founders
Impact Nakariakov, V.M., Bisi, M.M., Browning, P.K., Maia, D., Kontar, E.P., Oberoi, D., Gallagher, P. T., Cairns, I.H., Ratcliffe, H., Solar and heliospheric physics with the Square Kilometre Array (AASKA14), Giardini Naxos, 169., 2015.
Start Year 2015
 
Description WASP Consortium 
Organisation Keele University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The WASP project searches for exoplanets around bright stars using the transit technique. Warwick hosts the WASP Data Centre, where data from telescopes in South Africa and La Palma are analysed. We play a leading role in the discovery and characterisation of planets discovered with WASP.
Collaborator Contribution Keele leads the operations and data reduction for the facility in South Africa. St Andews led development of the WASP data reduction pipeline. Leicester originally hosted the WASP Data Centre and purchased much of the computing equipment. Queen's Belfast led the development of the instrument design (although the Belfast PI Pollacco has since moved to Warwick). Geneva have contributed telescope time for confirmation of exoplanets. The Open University contributed CCD cameras and has led some WASP follow up observations.
Impact WASP is the world-leading project for the discovery of giant transiting exoplanets. It has resulted in the publication hundreds of refereed journal articles, listed separately.
 
Description WASP Consortium 
Organisation Open University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The WASP project searches for exoplanets around bright stars using the transit technique. Warwick hosts the WASP Data Centre, where data from telescopes in South Africa and La Palma are analysed. We play a leading role in the discovery and characterisation of planets discovered with WASP.
Collaborator Contribution Keele leads the operations and data reduction for the facility in South Africa. St Andews led development of the WASP data reduction pipeline. Leicester originally hosted the WASP Data Centre and purchased much of the computing equipment. Queen's Belfast led the development of the instrument design (although the Belfast PI Pollacco has since moved to Warwick). Geneva have contributed telescope time for confirmation of exoplanets. The Open University contributed CCD cameras and has led some WASP follow up observations.
Impact WASP is the world-leading project for the discovery of giant transiting exoplanets. It has resulted in the publication hundreds of refereed journal articles, listed separately.
 
Description WASP Consortium 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The WASP project searches for exoplanets around bright stars using the transit technique. Warwick hosts the WASP Data Centre, where data from telescopes in South Africa and La Palma are analysed. We play a leading role in the discovery and characterisation of planets discovered with WASP.
Collaborator Contribution Keele leads the operations and data reduction for the facility in South Africa. St Andews led development of the WASP data reduction pipeline. Leicester originally hosted the WASP Data Centre and purchased much of the computing equipment. Queen's Belfast led the development of the instrument design (although the Belfast PI Pollacco has since moved to Warwick). Geneva have contributed telescope time for confirmation of exoplanets. The Open University contributed CCD cameras and has led some WASP follow up observations.
Impact WASP is the world-leading project for the discovery of giant transiting exoplanets. It has resulted in the publication hundreds of refereed journal articles, listed separately.
 
Description WASP Consortium 
Organisation University of Geneva
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The WASP project searches for exoplanets around bright stars using the transit technique. Warwick hosts the WASP Data Centre, where data from telescopes in South Africa and La Palma are analysed. We play a leading role in the discovery and characterisation of planets discovered with WASP.
Collaborator Contribution Keele leads the operations and data reduction for the facility in South Africa. St Andews led development of the WASP data reduction pipeline. Leicester originally hosted the WASP Data Centre and purchased much of the computing equipment. Queen's Belfast led the development of the instrument design (although the Belfast PI Pollacco has since moved to Warwick). Geneva have contributed telescope time for confirmation of exoplanets. The Open University contributed CCD cameras and has led some WASP follow up observations.
Impact WASP is the world-leading project for the discovery of giant transiting exoplanets. It has resulted in the publication hundreds of refereed journal articles, listed separately.
 
Description WASP Consortium 
Organisation University of Leicester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The WASP project searches for exoplanets around bright stars using the transit technique. Warwick hosts the WASP Data Centre, where data from telescopes in South Africa and La Palma are analysed. We play a leading role in the discovery and characterisation of planets discovered with WASP.
Collaborator Contribution Keele leads the operations and data reduction for the facility in South Africa. St Andews led development of the WASP data reduction pipeline. Leicester originally hosted the WASP Data Centre and purchased much of the computing equipment. Queen's Belfast led the development of the instrument design (although the Belfast PI Pollacco has since moved to Warwick). Geneva have contributed telescope time for confirmation of exoplanets. The Open University contributed CCD cameras and has led some WASP follow up observations.
Impact WASP is the world-leading project for the discovery of giant transiting exoplanets. It has resulted in the publication hundreds of refereed journal articles, listed separately.
 
Description WASP Consortium 
Organisation University of St Andrews
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The WASP project searches for exoplanets around bright stars using the transit technique. Warwick hosts the WASP Data Centre, where data from telescopes in South Africa and La Palma are analysed. We play a leading role in the discovery and characterisation of planets discovered with WASP.
Collaborator Contribution Keele leads the operations and data reduction for the facility in South Africa. St Andews led development of the WASP data reduction pipeline. Leicester originally hosted the WASP Data Centre and purchased much of the computing equipment. Queen's Belfast led the development of the instrument design (although the Belfast PI Pollacco has since moved to Warwick). Geneva have contributed telescope time for confirmation of exoplanets. The Open University contributed CCD cameras and has led some WASP follow up observations.
Impact WASP is the world-leading project for the discovery of giant transiting exoplanets. It has resulted in the publication hundreds of refereed journal articles, listed separately.
 
Description @WarwickAstro Twitter Feed 
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 Warwick Astro Twitter Feed provides links and information about our STFC funded research to a wide audience, often engaging with school twitter accounts, the media and the university feeds in addition to reaching individual members of the general public directly. Audience often respond directly, and any questions can be addressed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016
URL https://twitter.com/WarwickAstro
 
Description Appearance of BBC Breakfast and 5Live 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The main headline TV and radio intereviews by Andrew Levan in respect of the discovery of the electromagnetic counterpart of gravitational waves.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Astronomy Society 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 Presentation at the "Astromeet" event which has been organised in Leeds for the past 20 years by the Leeds astronomical society. Talk was called "Astronomy at high-speed: delving the depths of white dwarfs, neutron stars and black-holes", stemming directly from STFC-funded research. Around 80 people attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.astronomyleeds.org.uk/Astromeet-2015.html
 
Description Astronomy Society Talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Visits to astronomical societies averaging 1 per year in grant period (in this case Coventry, Birmingham, Redditch). Each reach ~50 members of the general public with a general interest in astronomy but little awareness of professional research or its differences in scope, practice and funding from hobby activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
 
Description BBC Midlands Today TV interview, 2015 
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 Interviewed for BBC Midlands Today, about our NGTS telescope array and search for exoplanets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3U524KySJw
 
Description Bruker Warwick Christmas Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Bruker Warwick Christmas Lecture was based on "The Biggest Bangs" and described gamma-ray bursts and supernovae, and how they make the elements. It took place in the Warwick Arts Centre theatre and was attended by 411 people. It included numerous (sometimes explosive) demonstrations. Feedback was extremely positive in changing perceptions of science, and numerous invitations for further involvement with schools have been had.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.astro.warwick.ac.uk/biggestbangs
 
Description ESO press conference: Multi-messenger Astronomy 
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 Andrew Levan presented our results highlighting the discovery of the first electromagnetic counterpart to a gravitational wave source at the European Southern Observatory in Munich. The event was watched live by over 7000 people and rapidly accured 70,000 views on YouTube. It directly led to apperences on BBC Breakfast and 5Live to discuss the science behind the results.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ISr4juIkDg
 
Description Facebook Live session hosted by Coventry Telegraph 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact This was a ~30 minute long live question session with questions pre-submitted and submitted during the session on astronomy in general and my research in particular. The session went out to 12,000 feeds, and there were around 670 following it. It was a first attempt at running this sort of event by the Coventry Telegraph. It was aimed at school children in their holidays. Took place on 22 August 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.facebook.com/coventrytelegraph/videos/1188249861232166
 
Description German radio interview, 2015 
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 Interview on german radio regarding our NGTS telescopes and our search for new exoplanets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.dw.com/en/search-for-earth-like-planets/av-18200863
 
Description Interview for Canadian radio, 2015 
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 Interviewed for "Quirks and Quarks" programme on Canadian CBC radio related to our detection of the evaporation of a Neptune-sized exoplanet
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/quirks-quarks-for-june-27-2015-1.3129525/planet-with-a-comet-s-tail-w...
 
Description Invited Talks to companies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact General talk on Exoplanet missions to Astrium UK (Airbus) at Stevenage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Key Speaker at SolarFest, University of Warwick on topic of Space Weather 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Key speaker as part SolarFest, a multi-disciplinary outreach activity hosted by the University of Warwick
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://warwick.ac.uk/about/community/publicengagement/solar/
 
Description Keynote speech at Leicester Science HUB Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This was the keynote speech to the 2016 Conference of the Leicester Science HUB, attended by science teacher from across Leicester. The Leicester Science HUB and Spokes is part if the EIP (Education improvement programme), originally formed to focus on the Core subjects to improve attainment in the City by funding CPD programmes for teachers and events for students. The Science HUB has twilight courses throughout the year and the main Conference in the Spring.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://letslearn.org.uk/tandS/hubs.php
 
Description Live Q&A on the internet in conjunction with Coventry Telegraph 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was Facebook Live session, hosted by the Coventry Telegraph, so reaching a wider audience than had I run it myself. I firt talked about my area of research and then answered questions sent in by the viewers. It lasted about an hour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.facebook.com/coventrytelegraph/videos/1188249861232166
 
Description National Astronomy Meeting 2016 - Schools Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk to School children at the NAM 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description National Astronomy Meeting 2016 Plenary 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Plenary at NAM 2015 on exoplanets
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Northampton Natural History Society, 2015 
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 on exoplanet science and our NGTS telescope array
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Planetarium trips to various local schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Numerous visits of our mobile planetarium to various schools across the region presenting our research, over 1000 students reached.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
 
Description Press release associated with Nature paper on AR Sco 
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 Through the University of Warwick's press office I commissioned space artist Mark Garlick to develop a visualisation of the system in question. I also posted a movie on youtube showing brightness variations, and the ESO press office created an artistic movie illustrating the system also on youtube which has close to 300,000 views. There are links to these on a wikipedia page for the object. The release was picked up widely and led to requests for interviews (e.g. with the BBC's Sky-at-Night magazine, see the associated web link).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/news/white-dwarf-blasts-companion-radiation
 
Description Press release for NGTS first light, 2015 
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 We issued a press release announcing "first light" for our NGTS telescope array, which was widely covered.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1502/
 
Description Press release for Nature paper reporting evaporation of an exoplanet, 2015 
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 Press release linked to a Nature paper reporting the our detection of evaporation of a Neptune-sized exoplanet, widely reported (including e.g. Washington Post and Daily Mail).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/red_dwarf_burns/
 
Description Press release for our paper detecting and imaging strong winds on an exoplanet, 2015 
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 Press release announcing our detection and imaging of strong winds on an exoplanet, widely reported. We commissioned original artwork to accompany the press release.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/5400mph_winds_discovered/
 
Description Primary Space Camps - Schools in Leamington Spa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Space camps include question and answer sessions with professional astronomers, as well as some formal talks. Andrew Levan has given several of these talks to schools in Leamington in the past three years, in addition to trips from our planetarium.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
 
Description Radio interview for BBC Cov and Warwickshire, 2015 
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 Interviewed about NGTS telescope array and our search for exoplanets
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Research seminars at multiple UK universities, 2007 on 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited research seminars to astronomy research groups across the UK, including Imperial College, Queen Mary University of London, Leicester, Leeds, Southampton, Warwick, Armagh, UCL, Exeter
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007,2008,2009,2010,2011
 
Description STFC PHD Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Subject talk at the 2015 PhD summer school for STFC students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Science in Media Talks (Auckland PhysSoc 2014, Ashlawn School Dec 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact ~50 undergraduates, postgraduates and members in the public in Auckland, 2014
~30 students, teachers and parents at Ashlawn School in Rugby, 2015
attended talk on relevance of research to science fiction media - discussion afterwards indicated interest in the scientific aspects of the topic, research at Warwick and (in the case of the school visit) interest in pursuing undergraduate degrees in Physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
 
Description Seminars to University Groups 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talks to the following departments:
Warwick 20130921, Leicester 20131211, bristol 20140317, Keele 20140320, Cambridge 20140412 (ESP), Lancaster 20140430, Cambridge 20140612 (IOA), Imperial 20140618, QMUL 20140904, Birmingham 20150114, MSSL 20160421, RAL 20161201
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016
 
Description Space Weather 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited speaker at the Cosmodrome in Genk, Belgium giving a seminar on the topic of "Space Weather"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.kattevennen.be/nl/cosmodrome/3/
 
Description Space Weather seminar at IAU Conference Series 335 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact One-hour seminar on the topic of 'Space Weather' given in Sidmouth as part of the Outreach programme of the IAU Symposium 335 "Space Weather of the Heliosphere" organised at the University of Exeter, 17-21 July 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/iaus335/education-program/lectures/
 
Description Stratford Astronomical Society, 2015 
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 on exoplanet science and out NGTS telescope array.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Talk at Auckland Astronomical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact About 60 people attended a talk at Auckland Stardome outreach centre as part of the Auckland Astronomical Society programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.astronomy.org.nz/new/public/default.aspx
 
Description Talk at the 2016 Convention of the Federation of Astronomical Societies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a talk on the NGTS project and my wider astronomical on exoplanets to the 2016 Convention of the Federation of Astronomical Societies. This is a national organisation that is supports and coordinates the activities of astronomical societies in the UK. The convention was hosted by the University of Birmingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://fedastro.org.uk/fas/convention/
 
Description Talk at the Sherwood observatory 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a talk on the NGTS project and my wider astronomical research on exoplanets to the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society at the Sherwood Observatory.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://sherwood-observatory.org.uk
 
Description Talk on Wonders of the Solar Corona 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public lecture

Increase in public awareness
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://moca.monash.edu/outreach/nakariakov.html
 
Description Talk to Nottingham Astronomical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a talk on the NGTS project and my wider astronomical research on exoplanets to the Nottingham Astronomical Society hosted by the British Geological Survey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk to Warwick University Astronomical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact About 30 students attended a talk on research related to the grant. Some of these were Physicists considering career choices, others non-physicists with a general interest in astronomy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk to primary school - Warwick 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Repeat of Christmas lecture from 2015 to schools in the local area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Tilton Womens' Institute, 2015 
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 on exoplanet science and our NGTS telescope array.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description University of Warwick Open Days, 2005 on 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Several hundred sixth form students and their parents (and the general public) attend each open day, which is held four times each year. My role is to give talks on our astronomy research and how this informs our undergraduate teaching. Usually these talks are to groups of about 100/day. On on occasion this was a talk to a group of 400.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010
 
Description Visit to astronomy society, Stratford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a talk about AR Sco, an object I published a paper in Nature last year. There were many questions following the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007
URL http://www.astro.org.uk/schedule/index.php
 
Description WOMAD 2018 
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 Delivery of gravitational waves results to a large audience at the WOMAD festival in 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Worcester Institute of Physics and Worcester Astronomical Society, 2015 
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 on exoplanet science and our NGTS telescope array to the general pubic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Year 10 careers conferences, Birmingham International Airport 
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 Year 10 careers conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Year 12 careers conference, National Space Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Year 12 careers conference. Talk about research careers to interested yr12 students from across the country.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016