The Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS): Deployment and Operations

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

The Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) is poised to become the leading survey of exoplanets during the coming decade and springboard UK scientists to leading roles in this important area of research. Based around our WASP heritage and international collaborations, we have designed and procured almost the complete facility. This included building and testing a prototype instrument running on La Palma where various technologies were tested and the risks to the project mitigated. This instrument allowed us to find technologies and strategies where we can virtually eliminate instrument systematic noise - a problem that severely limits the performance of all other wide field surveys and, hence, allows us to unlock the full potential of our survey. The quality of the NGTS data of a single object will be similar in to that obtained from a much larger telescope but will be available for all objects over a much larger field than is traditionally the case. Thus we know we can routinely reach accuracy sufficient to detect ice giants and super-Earth planets around nearby stars which will not only allow us to answer fundamental questions about the composition and origin of planets (eg what is the internal structure of super-Earths?) but also to discover planets that will be prized targets for atmospheric studies with facilities currently being built (JWST) or those being planned (eg E-ELT and a number of space missions). Over the course of a 4 year survey this will allow a factor of 16 improvement over the Kepler results for a comparable planet population. In this endevour, NGTS is partnered with ESO who have contributed a site at Paranal (the best site in the world for our purposes) and will distribute our reduced light curves to the wider astronomical community through the ESO archive.

In this proposal we request STFC support to contribute to the deployment and operation of the facility (and a small capital contribution to be matched by our institutes) over a 4 year period. These duties are divided into five work packages that deal with all aspects of the project. Science exploitation costs we will seek through other opportunities open to us.

Planned Impact

NGTS uses fully optimized components specifically designed to reach the highest level of photometric accuracy achievable by any ground based experiment. This is required to reach our scientific aims. To realize this we have worked with two specific UK manufacturers that we have an established relationship with (over the last decade).

At the heart of NGTS are the CCD detectors. These were produced by Andor Technology (Belfast) and are based on e2v deep depleted sensors, but have been packaged and customized inline with our requirements. Andor have now released these state of the art units as one of their normal catalogue products.

We have also again worked with GR Pro. With this company we designed and manufactured the original SuperWASP enclosure, larger versions of which have been used in other astronomical facilities. NGTS required a different design and we have again worked with their design team to produce a new modular product that GR Pro will market. The technology developed for this will also be used in other products.

Our partnership with ESO gives us access to a large and modern Outreach Department from which we will reach an international audience. NGTS will be the premiere transit experiment in the near/medium future and with science drivers that will make some of our most exciting discoveries of great public interest: NGTS exoplanets will be amongst the closest and potentially of rocky composition. Furthermore, NGTS planets will be prized targets for all future atmospheric characterization missions (including JWST). At a national level our demonstrated relationship with STFC Outreach and, of course, our universities will guarantee interest for all audiences.

Publications

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Armstrong D (2018) Automatic vetting of planet candidates from ground-based surveys: machine learning with NGTS in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Armstrong D. J. (2016) K2 variable catalogue - II. Machine learning classification of variable stars and eclipsing binaries in K2 fields 0-4 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Armstrong David J. (2018) Automatic vetting of planet candidates from ground-based surveys: machine learning with NGTS in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Bayliss D (2018) NGTS-1b: a hot Jupiter transiting an M-dwarf in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Bayliss Daniel (2018) NGTS-1b: a hot Jupiter transiting an M-dwarf in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Bayliss Daniel (2018) NGTS-1b: a hot Jupiter transiting an M-dwarf in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Braker I. P. (2015) The Search for Transits Around White Dwarfs in 19th European Workshop on White Dwarfs

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Casewell S (2018) A low-mass eclipsing binary within the fully convective zone from the Next Generation Transit Survey in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Casewell S (2018) A low-mass eclipsing binary within the fully convective zone from the Next Generation Transit Survey in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

 
Description We have built an array of twelve telescopes in Chile that we have designed to detect planets the size of Neptune orbiting bright and nearby stars. By finding planets around bright stars we can follow up the discoveries by making detailed measurements of the density, composition and atmospheric properties of the planets. We have successfully deployed the facility in Chile and have begun our survey for new exoplanets. To date we have discovered ten new exoplanets that have been confirmed using the larger telescopes of the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Papers describing these discoveries have been published and others are in preparation. We have also published a journal article describing the project. In particular, we have published the discovery of our first sub-Neptune sized exoplanet, NGTS-4b, which is the primary objective of our project. We have also successfully completed our first public data release through the ESO data archive.
Exploitation Route Our planets are key targets for researchers across the world studying the composition, structure and atmospheres of planets between the sizes of Neptune and Jupiter. This includes studies of density and hence bulk composition, and also transmission spectroscopy, secondary eclipses and phase curves to determine the atmospheric properties, and the obliquity of the planetary orbit. Taken together, these follow up observations will inform our understanding of the formation and evolution of planets. Our data have been made publicly available through the ESO data archive, allowing other researchers to search for exoplanets and study stellar variability.
Sectors Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.ngtransits.org
 
Description This project requires extremely precise measurements of the brightness of stars using digital cameras. We have worked closely with the UK manufacturer of our cameras to improve the stability of their cameras, and these improvements are being incorporated into their product line. The company is Andor Technology, based in Belfast, and now a subsidiary of Oxford Instruments. The CCD detectors used in these cameras are manufactured by another UK company e2v.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Electronics,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Economic

 
Description STFC AGP 2013-2016
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description STFC ERF - 2019 and 2020
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
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
 
Title NGTS database at ESO Archive 
Description Sky survey data from the STFC-funded NGTS project, where time-series photometric measurements have been made for millions of stars in the search for new exoplanets. The data are released publicly through the ESO data archive. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Academic impacts for the International astronomical community. Allowing new exoplanets to be found and stellar variability to be investigated. 
URL http://archive.eso.org/cms/eso-archive-news/first-data-release-by-the-next-generation-transit-survey...
 
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 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 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 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 BBC website request to comment 
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 Asked by BBC website to comment on exoplanet news story. Quoted extensively in story.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49855058
 
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 Invited EWASS Talk on NGTS - Lyon, France 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk to EWASS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2019/
 
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 Invited presentation on NGTS operations at SPECULOOS team meeting - Cambridge University 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was invited to the SPECULOOS team meeting in Cambridge to present the various aspects of the operations mode for NGTS. SPECULOOS is a new Belgian/UK transiting exoplanet survey also located at Paranal which conducts complimentary science to NGTS. The SPECULOOS team wanted to learn from our experience running a robotic facility in Chile.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
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 NGTS-10b Press Release: Hot Planet 
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 NGTS-10b Press release
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/18-hour_year_planet/
 
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 visit to Big Bang Fair at Leicester Grammar School - Feb 2019 
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 We used out STFC-funded mobile planetarium to present our STFC-funded research on exoplanet detection and characterisation to a total audience of around 400 members of the general public at the Big Bang Science Fair held at Leicester Grammar School.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://nearme.thebigbangfair.co.uk/view/?eve_id=1970
 
Description Poster presentation UK Exoplanet Meeting 2016 - Exeter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation of the current status of the NGTS survey to the UK exoplanet community at our annual national conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://ukexom16.co.uk/docs/ukexom16-science-programme.pdf
 
Description Presenting new NGTS exoplanet discoveries and status of the survey - UK Exoplanet Meeting 2018 - Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I presented the status of the NGTS survey along with the 4 lastest exoplanet discoveries from the survey. This included the discovery of NGTS-4b; the shallowest ever transiting exoplanet discovered from the ground by a wide field survey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://users.physics.ox.ac.uk/~pierrehumbert/ukexom2018/
 
Description Press Release NGTS-4b: "Forbidden Planet" 
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 NGTS-4b Press Release
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/the_forbidden_planet/
 
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 on pre-MS stellar flare 
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 Press release on a remarkably energetic stellar flare detected from a young star that is likely to influence the formation of planets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/baby_stars_fiery
 
Description Press release on the discovery of the "monster planet" NGTS-1b 
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 Press release announcing the first exoplanet detected with the STFC-funded NGTS project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/monster_planet_discovery/
 
Description Project overview and current status of the survey - European Southern Observatory - 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented an overview of the NGTS project to the staff of the European Southern Observatory at Paranal. The NGTS facility is hosted there and the staff invited me to talk to them about the facility.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Project overview and current status of the survey - European Week of Astronomy and Space Science 2015 - Tenerife 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I presented a summary of the NGTS project, the scientific goals and the facility design which was chosen to meet the goals. I also gave an update on the installation and commissioning of the facility.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2015/
 
Description Project overview and current status of the survey - National Astronomy Meeting 2016 - Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I presented an overview of the NGTS facility and survey and gave an update on our recent progress.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://nam2016.org/
 
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 2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2013,2015
 
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 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 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 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 to British Astronomical Association 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk on STFC-funded exoplanet research to the British Astronomical Society Spring Meeting, Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.britastro.org/nottingham2020
 
Description Talk to Melton Astronomical Society - May 2019 
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 exoplanets to a local astronomical society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Astrosoc - Nov 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Talk on the habitability of exoplanets to the Astronomy Society at the University of Warwick.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
 
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 warwick open day talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talks to groups of 200-300 at University of Warwick open days
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019