Investigations in Gravitational Radiation

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: School of Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

Einstein's General Relativity predicts that dynamical systems in strong gravitational fields will emit vast amounts of energy in the form of gravitational waves (GW). These are ripples in the very fabric of spacetime that travel from their sources at the speed of light, carrying information about physical processes responsible for their emission. They are among the most elusive signals from the deepest reaches in the Universe. Experiments aimed at detecting them have been in development for several decades, and are now reaching sensitivities where detection is expected within a few years.
The worldwide network of interferometric detectors includes the American advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (aLIGO), the French-Italian-Dutch-Polish advanced Virgo and the German-UK GEO600 that are being enhanced with a new detector (KAGRA) under construction in Japan. The former detectors have all reached sensitivities close to their design goals and have taken the most sensitive data to date. Cooperation amongst different projects has enabled continuous data acquisition, with sensitivity to a wide range of sources and phenomena, over most of the sky. Modelling GW sources has allowed deeper searches and data from LIGO, Virgo, and GEO have increased our understanding of astronomical phenomena. For example, we have built accurate models to describe the dynamics of spinning black hole binaries for improving efficiency of detection and accuracy of parameter estimation, initiated studies on distinguishing models of the formation and evolution of compact binaries and supernovae, ruled out merging neutron star binary as progenitor of the gamma ray burst (GRB) GRB070201, and shown that less than 1% of the Crab pulsar's radiated power is in GW.
We are now entering a new era as advanced detectors begin their first phase of operation and within a few years will, we expect, routinely observe GW. The aLIGO detectors are based on the quasi-monolithic silica suspension concept developed in the UK for GEO600 and on the high power lasers developed by our German colleagues in GEO600. The AdV detector also uses a variant of the silica suspension technology. Further, KAGRA is being built with input on cryogenic bonding technology from the UK groups.
The consortium groups have initiated and led searches for astronomical sources, thanks to funding support received since first data taking runs began 12 years ago. Key ingredients of several searches (accurate waveforms models, geometric formulation of data analysis to optimise searches, algorithms to search for generic bursts, Bayesian search and inference techniques) were developed at Cardiff and Glasgow.
We propose a programme that leads to full exploitation of data from aLIGO and AdV, building on the analysis of data from the most recent LIGO/Virgo science runs and from GEO600 while the advanced detectors were under construction. In particular, we will refine waveform models and carry out deep and wide parameter space searches for coalescing binaries, GW emitted in coincidence with GRBs and supernovae, and continuous signals from rotating neutron stars.
In parallel, we propose essential detector R&D. Detector sensitivity is mainly limited by thermal noise associated with the substrates of the mirrors, their reflective coatings, and their suspension elements, as well as by noise resulting from the quantum nature of the light used in sensing. Our research is targeted towards making innovative improvements in these areas, essential to maximize the astrophysical potential of GW observatories. We have major responsibilities for the silica suspensions in aLIGO, both in the US and for a possible 3rd aLIGO detector in India, and in the development of enhancements and upgrades to the aLIGO detectors in the areas of mirror coatings for low thermal noise, silicon substrates, room temperature and cryogenic suspensions and improved interferometer topologies to combat quantum noise.

Planned Impact

The consortium has a strong and extensive track record in working with industry, in public outreach and schoolteacher CPD, which will continue under the proposed work. Beneficiaries will include the optics industry eg companies such as Gooch and Housego (enhancing capability in the area of manufacture of optical components), and such as Gas Sensing Solutions via development of custom optical filters for medical applications. Beneficiaries will also include those working in the sectors of energy/security via the application of MEMS gravimeters. The consortium has transferred technical knowledge and will further do so to help company competitiveness and success, all feeding back into the UK economy. The UK economy will further benefit through the spinning off of new companies arising from the research - based on a combination of the experience of the consortium members eg those at UWS who have already spun-off four companies and are in the midst of spinning off two others - and younger members at Glasgow and Sheffield who are heading to spin off their first company or license out their technology.
We anticipate research developments, spinning off from the gravitational wave work to contribute to the grand challenge areas of health and wellbeing via developments of software algorithms which can help with removal of artifacts in scanning medical imaging devices.
More globally, as a spin-off from the gravitational waves work at Cardiff a Data Innovation Institute has been established to conduct fundamental research into the aspects of managing, analysing and interpreting massive volumes of textual and numerical information. This will benefit projects a wide-ranging spectrum of disciplines including social, biological, life and engineering sciences. For example, in the biological and life sciences by extracting information from data sets without compromising privacy and confidentiality, and interpreting large data sets into reliable and understandable mathematical models.
Public outreach involving television, radio, science festivals, masterclasses and public lectures feature strongly in our present and proposed programmes and the legacy of the effort we have devoted to celebrate the international year of light - such as the development of a laser harp - fit well with the wider public outreach work we undertake in collaboration with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration on the physics of neutron stars, black holes and the Universe as a whole.
Working with the Scottish government and Education Scotland members of the consortium will build on previous work contributing strongly to the curriculum for physics in Scotland by extending provision of CPD for schoolteachers in Scotland, producing videos and other material helping them to tackle the challenges introduced by the more interdisciplinary nature of the new school qualifications, and this support is very transportable to be used throughout the UK.
The wide range of impact provided by the scale of our programme is excellent for the training of early career researchers and graduate students and we aim to ensure that all our young scientists have experience in these areas, enabling them to have access to a wide range of career opportunities.

Organisations

 
Description CKillow Member of SEPnet (South East Physics Network) Independent Advisory Panel.
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Description CKillow Member of the Condensed Matter CDT Management Group and participated in the annual International Advisory Panel meetings.
Geographic Reach National 
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Description CKillow chair of SUPA graduate school committee
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Description CKillow chair of organising committee for SUSSP73
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URL https://www.supa.ac.uk/research/sussp73.php
 
Description JH - Chair of Partnership Grants Panel, Royal Society of London
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description JH - Member of Audit and Risk Committee of the Institute of Physics
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description JH - Member of Professional Development Advisory Group for the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description JH, Co-chair Education Scotland Higher Education and Industry Advisory Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Policy work with RS Education committee JHough 2018
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Provided advice on the relevance of experimental work in schools which could then be implemented into the education system
 
Description SRowan Co-Chair STEM Strategy Reference Group 2017
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Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
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Funding ID ST/R002770/1 
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Amount £90,992 (GBP)
Funding ID RGF\EA\180261 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
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Description JSteinlechner RSE Cormack Bequest Small Astronomy Outreach Grant
Amount £240 (GBP)
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Sector Learned Society
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Description JSteinlechner, Pier Seed Projects 2017
Amount € 43,444 (EUR)
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Description MVVeggel KHaughian PGMurray IOP Scotland Outreach grant
Amount £2,477 (GBP)
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Amount £68,972 (GBP)
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Department Scottish Funding Council
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Amount £11,275 (GBP)
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Amount £36,000 (GBP)
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Sector Academic/University
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Amount £4,360,741 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/N005422/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 09/2020
 
Title Bayesian Techniques in gravitational wave data analysis 
Description Bayesian methods for parameter estimation in low signal to noise ratio gravitational wave signals from our detectors are of application in other areas of sensing, including at least one of commercial interest. Some classes of gravitational wave signals will be detected by matched filtering. To extract the maximum astrophysical information from a detected event requires parameter estimation, taking into account a model for the signal and resulting in a statistical statement about the system which produced the signals. Methods have been developed to allow optimal estimation of parameters from even quite low signal to noise ratio detections. These methods are being applied to detection of other signal types. 
Type Of Material Data Handling & Control 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The Bayesian detection confidence and parameter estimation techniques are of key importance to the extraction of astrophysical science from gravitational wave signals, and thus core to our research. Starting from an initial application in the detection 
 
Title Bayesian Techniques in gravitational wave data analysis 
Description Bayesian methods for parameter estimation in low signal to noise ratio gravitational wave signals from our detectors are of application in other areas of sensing, including at least one of commercial interest. Some classes of gravitational wave signals will be detected by matched filtering. To extract the maximum astrophysical information from a detected event requires parameter estimation, taking into account a model for the signal and resulting in a statistical statement about the system which produced the signals. Methods have been developed to allow optimal estimation of parameters from even quite low signal to noise ratio detections. These methods are being applied to detection of other signal types. 
Type Of Material Data Handling & Control 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The Bayesian detection confidence and parameter estimation techniques are of key importance to the extraction of astrophysical science from gravitational wave signals, and thus core to our research. Starting from an initial application in the detection 
 
Title Bayesian Techniques in gravitational wave data analysis 
Description Bayesian methods for parameter estimation in low signal to noise ratio gravitational wave signals from our detectors are of application in other areas of sensing, including at least one of commercial interest. Some classes of gravitational wave signals will be detected by matched filtering. To extract the maximum astrophysical information from a detected event requires parameter estimation, taking into account a model for the signal and resulting in a statistical statement about the system which produced the signals. Methods have been developed to allow optimal estimation of parameters from even quite low signal to noise ratio detections. These methods are being applied to detection of other signal types. 
Type Of Material Data Handling & Control 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The Bayesian detection confidence and parameter estimation techniques are of key importance to the extraction of astrophysical science from gravitational wave signals, and thus core to our research. Starting from an initial application in the detection 
 
Title Bayesian Techniques in precision optical sensing 
Description Bayesian methods for parameter estimation in low signal to noise ratio gravitational wave signals from our detectors are of application in other areas of sensing, including at least one of commercial interest. Some classes of gravitational wave signals will be detected by matched filtering. To extract the maximum astrophysical information from a detected event requires parameter estimation, taking into account a model for the signal and resulting in a statistical statement about the system which produced the signals. Methods have been developed to allow optimal estimation of parameters from even quite low signal to noise ratio detections. These methods are applicable in other fields of endeavour. 
Type Of Material Data Handling & Control 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact One application (commercially sensitive and under a non-disclosure agreement), involves applying methods developed during STFC funded gravitational wave data analysis to signal extraction and parameter fitting in infra-red optical sensing. We are curren 
 
Title Bayesian Techniques in precision optical sensing 
Description Bayesian methods for parameter estimation in low signal to noise ratio gravitational wave signals from our detectors are of application in other areas of sensing, including at least one of commercial interest. Some classes of gravitational wave signals will be detected by matched filtering. To extract the maximum astrophysical information from a detected event requires parameter estimation, taking into account a model for the signal and resulting in a statistical statement about the system which produced the signals. Methods have been developed to allow optimal estimation of parameters from even quite low signal to noise ratio detections. These methods are applicable in other fields of endeavour. 
Type Of Material Data Handling & Control 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact One application (commercially sensitive and under a non-disclosure agreement), involves applying methods developed during STFC funded gravitational wave data analysis to signal extraction and parameter fitting in infra-red optical sensing. We are curren 
 
Title Bayesian Techniques in precision optical sensing 
Description Bayesian methods for parameter estimation in low signal to noise ratio gravitational wave signals from our detectors are of application in other areas of sensing, including at least one of commercial interest. Some classes of gravitational wave signals will be detected by matched filtering. To extract the maximum astrophysical information from a detected event requires parameter estimation, taking into account a model for the signal and resulting in a statistical statement about the system which produced the signals. Methods have been developed to allow optimal estimation of parameters from even quite low signal to noise ratio detections. These methods are applicable in other fields of endeavour. 
Type Of Material Data Handling & Control 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact One application (commercially sensitive and under a non-disclosure agreement), involves applying methods developed during STFC funded gravitational wave data analysis to signal extraction and parameter fitting in infra-red optical sensing. We are curren 
 
Title Control of a velocity-sensitive audio-band quantum non-demolition interferometer 
Description  
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Title Upper limit to the transverse to longitudinal motion coupling of a waveguide mirror 
Description  
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Description ELITES collaboration 
Organisation Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU)
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have contributed designs and expertise in low loss optics and materials at cryogenic temperatures. Several visits of PDRAs and students to Japan have taken place for characterising silica tantala coatings on sapphire discs as well as sapphire fibres used for suspension systems.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration has two main goals: 1) Exchange of knowledge between the European labs designing the cryogenic apparatuses, plants and detector components for the Einstein Telescope (ET) and the corresponding labs in Japan, engaged in the Kagra project; 2) Train early stage researchers, both on the European and the Japanese side, in this specific field, developing a new generation of young scientists that will have an important role in the realization and handling of both Kagra and ET. Kagra will be the first large-scale gravitational wave detector using cryogenic optics. This collaboration allows us to contribute to this exciting endeavour, while at the same time obtaining practical experience with cryogenic systems similar to what will be required for future European interferometers such as ET.
Impact ELiTES-ET-LCGT Telescopes: Exchange of Scientists award granted from the EU - research activities ongoing (first annual meeting held, exchanges underway)
Start Year 2012
 
Description ELITES collaboration 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Department Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have contributed designs and expertise in low loss optics and materials at cryogenic temperatures. Several visits of PDRAs and students to Japan have taken place for characterising silica tantala coatings on sapphire discs as well as sapphire fibres used for suspension systems.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration has two main goals: 1) Exchange of knowledge between the European labs designing the cryogenic apparatuses, plants and detector components for the Einstein Telescope (ET) and the corresponding labs in Japan, engaged in the Kagra project; 2) Train early stage researchers, both on the European and the Japanese side, in this specific field, developing a new generation of young scientists that will have an important role in the realization and handling of both Kagra and ET. Kagra will be the first large-scale gravitational wave detector using cryogenic optics. This collaboration allows us to contribute to this exciting endeavour, while at the same time obtaining practical experience with cryogenic systems similar to what will be required for future European interferometers such as ET.
Impact ELiTES-ET-LCGT Telescopes: Exchange of Scientists award granted from the EU - research activities ongoing (first annual meeting held, exchanges underway)
Start Year 2012
 
Description ELITES collaboration 
Organisation Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
Department Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter
Country Netherlands 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have contributed designs and expertise in low loss optics and materials at cryogenic temperatures. Several visits of PDRAs and students to Japan have taken place for characterising silica tantala coatings on sapphire discs as well as sapphire fibres used for suspension systems.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration has two main goals: 1) Exchange of knowledge between the European labs designing the cryogenic apparatuses, plants and detector components for the Einstein Telescope (ET) and the corresponding labs in Japan, engaged in the Kagra project; 2) Train early stage researchers, both on the European and the Japanese side, in this specific field, developing a new generation of young scientists that will have an important role in the realization and handling of both Kagra and ET. Kagra will be the first large-scale gravitational wave detector using cryogenic optics. This collaboration allows us to contribute to this exciting endeavour, while at the same time obtaining practical experience with cryogenic systems similar to what will be required for future European interferometers such as ET.
Impact ELiTES-ET-LCGT Telescopes: Exchange of Scientists award granted from the EU - research activities ongoing (first annual meeting held, exchanges underway)
Start Year 2012
 
Description ELITES collaboration 
Organisation Sapienza University of Rome
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have contributed designs and expertise in low loss optics and materials at cryogenic temperatures. Several visits of PDRAs and students to Japan have taken place for characterising silica tantala coatings on sapphire discs as well as sapphire fibres used for suspension systems.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration has two main goals: 1) Exchange of knowledge between the European labs designing the cryogenic apparatuses, plants and detector components for the Einstein Telescope (ET) and the corresponding labs in Japan, engaged in the Kagra project; 2) Train early stage researchers, both on the European and the Japanese side, in this specific field, developing a new generation of young scientists that will have an important role in the realization and handling of both Kagra and ET. Kagra will be the first large-scale gravitational wave detector using cryogenic optics. This collaboration allows us to contribute to this exciting endeavour, while at the same time obtaining practical experience with cryogenic systems similar to what will be required for future European interferometers such as ET.
Impact ELiTES-ET-LCGT Telescopes: Exchange of Scientists award granted from the EU - research activities ongoing (first annual meeting held, exchanges underway)
Start Year 2012
 
Description ELITES collaboration 
Organisation Tokyo University of Science
Department Institute for Cosmic Rays Research
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have contributed designs and expertise in low loss optics and materials at cryogenic temperatures. Several visits of PDRAs and students to Japan have taken place for characterising silica tantala coatings on sapphire discs as well as sapphire fibres used for suspension systems.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration has two main goals: 1) Exchange of knowledge between the European labs designing the cryogenic apparatuses, plants and detector components for the Einstein Telescope (ET) and the corresponding labs in Japan, engaged in the Kagra project; 2) Train early stage researchers, both on the European and the Japanese side, in this specific field, developing a new generation of young scientists that will have an important role in the realization and handling of both Kagra and ET. Kagra will be the first large-scale gravitational wave detector using cryogenic optics. This collaboration allows us to contribute to this exciting endeavour, while at the same time obtaining practical experience with cryogenic systems similar to what will be required for future European interferometers such as ET.
Impact ELiTES-ET-LCGT Telescopes: Exchange of Scientists award granted from the EU - research activities ongoing (first annual meeting held, exchanges underway)
Start Year 2012
 
Description ELITES collaboration 
Organisation University of Sannio
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have contributed designs and expertise in low loss optics and materials at cryogenic temperatures. Several visits of PDRAs and students to Japan have taken place for characterising silica tantala coatings on sapphire discs as well as sapphire fibres used for suspension systems.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration has two main goals: 1) Exchange of knowledge between the European labs designing the cryogenic apparatuses, plants and detector components for the Einstein Telescope (ET) and the corresponding labs in Japan, engaged in the Kagra project; 2) Train early stage researchers, both on the European and the Japanese side, in this specific field, developing a new generation of young scientists that will have an important role in the realization and handling of both Kagra and ET. Kagra will be the first large-scale gravitational wave detector using cryogenic optics. This collaboration allows us to contribute to this exciting endeavour, while at the same time obtaining practical experience with cryogenic systems similar to what will be required for future European interferometers such as ET.
Impact ELiTES-ET-LCGT Telescopes: Exchange of Scientists award granted from the EU - research activities ongoing (first annual meeting held, exchanges underway)
Start Year 2012
 
Description ELITES collaboration 
Organisation University of the West of Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have contributed designs and expertise in low loss optics and materials at cryogenic temperatures. Several visits of PDRAs and students to Japan have taken place for characterising silica tantala coatings on sapphire discs as well as sapphire fibres used for suspension systems.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration has two main goals: 1) Exchange of knowledge between the European labs designing the cryogenic apparatuses, plants and detector components for the Einstein Telescope (ET) and the corresponding labs in Japan, engaged in the Kagra project; 2) Train early stage researchers, both on the European and the Japanese side, in this specific field, developing a new generation of young scientists that will have an important role in the realization and handling of both Kagra and ET. Kagra will be the first large-scale gravitational wave detector using cryogenic optics. This collaboration allows us to contribute to this exciting endeavour, while at the same time obtaining practical experience with cryogenic systems similar to what will be required for future European interferometers such as ET.
Impact ELiTES-ET-LCGT Telescopes: Exchange of Scientists award granted from the EU - research activities ongoing (first annual meeting held, exchanges underway)
Start Year 2012
 
Description ELITES collaboration 
Organisation Virgo Ego Scientific Forum
Country Global 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have contributed designs and expertise in low loss optics and materials at cryogenic temperatures. Several visits of PDRAs and students to Japan have taken place for characterising silica tantala coatings on sapphire discs as well as sapphire fibres used for suspension systems.
Collaborator Contribution This collaboration has two main goals: 1) Exchange of knowledge between the European labs designing the cryogenic apparatuses, plants and detector components for the Einstein Telescope (ET) and the corresponding labs in Japan, engaged in the Kagra project; 2) Train early stage researchers, both on the European and the Japanese side, in this specific field, developing a new generation of young scientists that will have an important role in the realization and handling of both Kagra and ET. Kagra will be the first large-scale gravitational wave detector using cryogenic optics. This collaboration allows us to contribute to this exciting endeavour, while at the same time obtaining practical experience with cryogenic systems similar to what will be required for future European interferometers such as ET.
Impact ELiTES-ET-LCGT Telescopes: Exchange of Scientists award granted from the EU - research activities ongoing (first annual meeting held, exchanges underway)
Start Year 2012
 
Description GraWIToN International Training Network 
Organisation Boostec
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) We will host one early career researcher at the IGR and train him in cutting edge techniques relevant to building and characterising low thermal noise optical systems. 2) A second early career researcher supervised by our group will be based at a company (Gooch & Housego) and work on the development and commercialisation of bonding techniques for low loss monolithic assemblies. In addition we will contribute to the general training of all the early career researchers of this international training network.
Collaborator Contribution GraWIToN is an Initial Training Network, funded by European Commission under FP7-Marie Curie Actions for four years, since the 1st of February 2014. GraWIToN aims to train 13 young researchers (PhD students) in the gravitational wave (GW) search field. Our partners will contribute strongly to the training of the Glasgow based early career researchers (for instance via summer schools or industry collaborations).
Impact Too soon to tell.
Start Year 2014
 
Description GraWIToN International Training Network 
Organisation Gooch & Housego
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) We will host one early career researcher at the IGR and train him in cutting edge techniques relevant to building and characterising low thermal noise optical systems. 2) A second early career researcher supervised by our group will be based at a company (Gooch & Housego) and work on the development and commercialisation of bonding techniques for low loss monolithic assemblies. In addition we will contribute to the general training of all the early career researchers of this international training network.
Collaborator Contribution GraWIToN is an Initial Training Network, funded by European Commission under FP7-Marie Curie Actions for four years, since the 1st of February 2014. GraWIToN aims to train 13 young researchers (PhD students) in the gravitational wave (GW) search field. Our partners will contribute strongly to the training of the Glasgow based early career researchers (for instance via summer schools or industry collaborations).
Impact Too soon to tell.
Start Year 2014
 
Description GraWIToN International Training Network 
Organisation Laser Center Hannover eV
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) We will host one early career researcher at the IGR and train him in cutting edge techniques relevant to building and characterising low thermal noise optical systems. 2) A second early career researcher supervised by our group will be based at a company (Gooch & Housego) and work on the development and commercialisation of bonding techniques for low loss monolithic assemblies. In addition we will contribute to the general training of all the early career researchers of this international training network.
Collaborator Contribution GraWIToN is an Initial Training Network, funded by European Commission under FP7-Marie Curie Actions for four years, since the 1st of February 2014. GraWIToN aims to train 13 young researchers (PhD students) in the gravitational wave (GW) search field. Our partners will contribute strongly to the training of the Glasgow based early career researchers (for instance via summer schools or industry collaborations).
Impact Too soon to tell.
Start Year 2014
 
Description GraWIToN International Training Network 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Department Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) We will host one early career researcher at the IGR and train him in cutting edge techniques relevant to building and characterising low thermal noise optical systems. 2) A second early career researcher supervised by our group will be based at a company (Gooch & Housego) and work on the development and commercialisation of bonding techniques for low loss monolithic assemblies. In addition we will contribute to the general training of all the early career researchers of this international training network.
Collaborator Contribution GraWIToN is an Initial Training Network, funded by European Commission under FP7-Marie Curie Actions for four years, since the 1st of February 2014. GraWIToN aims to train 13 young researchers (PhD students) in the gravitational wave (GW) search field. Our partners will contribute strongly to the training of the Glasgow based early career researchers (for instance via summer schools or industry collaborations).
Impact Too soon to tell.
Start Year 2014
 
Description GraWIToN International Training Network 
Organisation National Institute for Nuclear Physics
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) We will host one early career researcher at the IGR and train him in cutting edge techniques relevant to building and characterising low thermal noise optical systems. 2) A second early career researcher supervised by our group will be based at a company (Gooch & Housego) and work on the development and commercialisation of bonding techniques for low loss monolithic assemblies. In addition we will contribute to the general training of all the early career researchers of this international training network.
Collaborator Contribution GraWIToN is an Initial Training Network, funded by European Commission under FP7-Marie Curie Actions for four years, since the 1st of February 2014. GraWIToN aims to train 13 young researchers (PhD students) in the gravitational wave (GW) search field. Our partners will contribute strongly to the training of the Glasgow based early career researchers (for instance via summer schools or industry collaborations).
Impact Too soon to tell.
Start Year 2014
 
Description GraWIToN International Training Network 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) We will host one early career researcher at the IGR and train him in cutting edge techniques relevant to building and characterising low thermal noise optical systems. 2) A second early career researcher supervised by our group will be based at a company (Gooch & Housego) and work on the development and commercialisation of bonding techniques for low loss monolithic assemblies. In addition we will contribute to the general training of all the early career researchers of this international training network.
Collaborator Contribution GraWIToN is an Initial Training Network, funded by European Commission under FP7-Marie Curie Actions for four years, since the 1st of February 2014. GraWIToN aims to train 13 young researchers (PhD students) in the gravitational wave (GW) search field. Our partners will contribute strongly to the training of the Glasgow based early career researchers (for instance via summer schools or industry collaborations).
Impact Too soon to tell.
Start Year 2014
 
Description GraWIToN International Training Network 
Organisation University of Pisa
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) We will host one early career researcher at the IGR and train him in cutting edge techniques relevant to building and characterising low thermal noise optical systems. 2) A second early career researcher supervised by our group will be based at a company (Gooch & Housego) and work on the development and commercialisation of bonding techniques for low loss monolithic assemblies. In addition we will contribute to the general training of all the early career researchers of this international training network.
Collaborator Contribution GraWIToN is an Initial Training Network, funded by European Commission under FP7-Marie Curie Actions for four years, since the 1st of February 2014. GraWIToN aims to train 13 young researchers (PhD students) in the gravitational wave (GW) search field. Our partners will contribute strongly to the training of the Glasgow based early career researchers (for instance via summer schools or industry collaborations).
Impact Too soon to tell.
Start Year 2014
 
Description GraWIToN International Training Network 
Organisation Virgo Ego Scientific Forum
Country Global 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) We will host one early career researcher at the IGR and train him in cutting edge techniques relevant to building and characterising low thermal noise optical systems. 2) A second early career researcher supervised by our group will be based at a company (Gooch & Housego) and work on the development and commercialisation of bonding techniques for low loss monolithic assemblies. In addition we will contribute to the general training of all the early career researchers of this international training network.
Collaborator Contribution GraWIToN is an Initial Training Network, funded by European Commission under FP7-Marie Curie Actions for four years, since the 1st of February 2014. GraWIToN aims to train 13 young researchers (PhD students) in the gravitational wave (GW) search field. Our partners will contribute strongly to the training of the Glasgow based early career researchers (for instance via summer schools or industry collaborations).
Impact Too soon to tell.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation Beijing Normal University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation Cardiff University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation Changchun University
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation Hubei University of Education
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation Shandong University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation Sun Yat-Sen University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation Tongji University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation Tsinghua University China
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation University of Strathclyde
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description Gravitational-wave Excellence through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China 
Organisation University of the West of Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As this is training and capacity building grant, we will contribute scientific excellence and skills across the full range of gravitational wave science (from instrumentation to astrophysics), as well as our expertise in outreach and collaboration with industry.
Collaborator Contribution Full range of the relevant expertise available in the Chinese Gravitational Wave consortium.
Impact Collaboration just started
Start Year 2018
 
Description IMPP collaboration 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Department Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) designs for ultra-quiet suspension required for experiments exploring macroscopic quantum mechanical aspects; 2) interferometry techniques for measurements at and beyond the quantum limit of high precision interferometry.
Collaborator Contribution This cooperation covers research in the area of Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit. The vision is to create a highly interdisciplinary scientific environment focused on the intriguing research opportunities in quantum science and engineering. This collaboration establishes a direct link between Universities of the Scottish Universities Physics Aliens (SUPA) and the relevant high-profile Max-Planck-Institutes in Germany.
Impact SFC International Max-Planck Partnership (IMPP) - Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit STFC/EPSRC International Max-Planck Partnership (IMPP) - Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit
Start Year 2013
 
Description IMPP collaboration 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Department Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) designs for ultra-quiet suspension required for experiments exploring macroscopic quantum mechanical aspects; 2) interferometry techniques for measurements at and beyond the quantum limit of high precision interferometry.
Collaborator Contribution This cooperation covers research in the area of Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit. The vision is to create a highly interdisciplinary scientific environment focused on the intriguing research opportunities in quantum science and engineering. This collaboration establishes a direct link between Universities of the Scottish Universities Physics Aliens (SUPA) and the relevant high-profile Max-Planck-Institutes in Germany.
Impact SFC International Max-Planck Partnership (IMPP) - Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit STFC/EPSRC International Max-Planck Partnership (IMPP) - Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit
Start Year 2013
 
Description IMPP collaboration 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Department Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) designs for ultra-quiet suspension required for experiments exploring macroscopic quantum mechanical aspects; 2) interferometry techniques for measurements at and beyond the quantum limit of high precision interferometry.
Collaborator Contribution This cooperation covers research in the area of Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit. The vision is to create a highly interdisciplinary scientific environment focused on the intriguing research opportunities in quantum science and engineering. This collaboration establishes a direct link between Universities of the Scottish Universities Physics Aliens (SUPA) and the relevant high-profile Max-Planck-Institutes in Germany.
Impact SFC International Max-Planck Partnership (IMPP) - Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit STFC/EPSRC International Max-Planck Partnership (IMPP) - Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit
Start Year 2013
 
Description IMPP collaboration 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Department Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) designs for ultra-quiet suspension required for experiments exploring macroscopic quantum mechanical aspects; 2) interferometry techniques for measurements at and beyond the quantum limit of high precision interferometry.
Collaborator Contribution This cooperation covers research in the area of Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit. The vision is to create a highly interdisciplinary scientific environment focused on the intriguing research opportunities in quantum science and engineering. This collaboration establishes a direct link between Universities of the Scottish Universities Physics Aliens (SUPA) and the relevant high-profile Max-Planck-Institutes in Germany.
Impact SFC International Max-Planck Partnership (IMPP) - Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit STFC/EPSRC International Max-Planck Partnership (IMPP) - Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit
Start Year 2013
 
Description IMPP collaboration 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Department Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) designs for ultra-quiet suspension required for experiments exploring macroscopic quantum mechanical aspects; 2) interferometry techniques for measurements at and beyond the quantum limit of high precision interferometry.
Collaborator Contribution This cooperation covers research in the area of Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit. The vision is to create a highly interdisciplinary scientific environment focused on the intriguing research opportunities in quantum science and engineering. This collaboration establishes a direct link between Universities of the Scottish Universities Physics Aliens (SUPA) and the relevant high-profile Max-Planck-Institutes in Germany.
Impact SFC International Max-Planck Partnership (IMPP) - Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit STFC/EPSRC International Max-Planck Partnership (IMPP) - Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit
Start Year 2013
 
Description IMPP collaboration 
Organisation University of St Andrews
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) designs for ultra-quiet suspension required for experiments exploring macroscopic quantum mechanical aspects; 2) interferometry techniques for measurements at and beyond the quantum limit of high precision interferometry.
Collaborator Contribution This cooperation covers research in the area of Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit. The vision is to create a highly interdisciplinary scientific environment focused on the intriguing research opportunities in quantum science and engineering. This collaboration establishes a direct link between Universities of the Scottish Universities Physics Aliens (SUPA) and the relevant high-profile Max-Planck-Institutes in Germany.
Impact SFC International Max-Planck Partnership (IMPP) - Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit STFC/EPSRC International Max-Planck Partnership (IMPP) - Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit
Start Year 2013
 
Description IMPP collaboration 
Organisation University of Strathclyde
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We will contribute to this collaboration on two fronts: 1) designs for ultra-quiet suspension required for experiments exploring macroscopic quantum mechanical aspects; 2) interferometry techniques for measurements at and beyond the quantum limit of high precision interferometry.
Collaborator Contribution This cooperation covers research in the area of Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit. The vision is to create a highly interdisciplinary scientific environment focused on the intriguing research opportunities in quantum science and engineering. This collaboration establishes a direct link between Universities of the Scottish Universities Physics Aliens (SUPA) and the relevant high-profile Max-Planck-Institutes in Germany.
Impact SFC International Max-Planck Partnership (IMPP) - Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit STFC/EPSRC International Max-Planck Partnership (IMPP) - Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit
Start Year 2013
 
Description Partnership between the Institute for Gravitational Research and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) - MPitkin 
Organisation Australian Research Council
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The partnership funded a two week visit to the OzGrav institutions in Melbourne, Australia, for Dr Matthew Pitkin. During the visit he presented seminars at each institution, participated in and chaired workshop sessions, and developed collaborative projects in gravitational-wave astronomy.
Collaborator Contribution The partner contributed funds for travel and accommodation via the OzGrav International Visitor Funding Program.
Impact The main outcome is the development of software (bibly https://lscsoft.docs.ligo.org/bilby/index.html) and an associated paper (https://arxiv.org/abs/1811.02042) that will become the main package for source parameter estimation for gravitational-wave signals within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Royal Society International Partnership with Russia: "Improving low-frequency sensitivity of future Gravitational Wave Observatories" 
Organisation Moscow State University
Country Russian Federation 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The University in Glasgow provides experimental expertise in interferometry as well as access to the 10m prototype interferometer as well as to the materials characterisation and loss measurement facilities.
Collaborator Contribution The team at Moscow State University provides theoretical expertise in the analysis of quantum limited systems, as well as experimental facilities for mechanical loss measurements complementary to the ones available in Glasgow.
Impact E. Knyazev et al.: "Speedmeter scheme for gravitational-wave detectors based on EPR quantum entanglement," Physics Letters A, 10.1016/j.physleta.2017.10.009, 2017 S. L. Danilishin et al.,: "A new type of quantum speed meter interferometer: measuring speed to search for intermediate mass black holes" Light: Science & Applications (2018) 7, doi: 10.1038/s41377-018-0004-2 L. G. Prokhorov et. al,: "Upper limits on the mechanical loss of silicate bonds in a silicon tuning fork oscillator" Physics Letters A, 10.1016/j.physleta.2017.07.007 A joint application to the EU Quantum Technology flagship call (proposal currently under evaluation).
Start Year 2016
 
Description Royal Society International Partnership with Russia: "Improving low-frequency sensitivity of future Gravitational Wave Observatories" 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The University in Glasgow provides experimental expertise in interferometry as well as access to the 10m prototype interferometer as well as to the materials characterisation and loss measurement facilities.
Collaborator Contribution The team at Moscow State University provides theoretical expertise in the analysis of quantum limited systems, as well as experimental facilities for mechanical loss measurements complementary to the ones available in Glasgow.
Impact E. Knyazev et al.: "Speedmeter scheme for gravitational-wave detectors based on EPR quantum entanglement," Physics Letters A, 10.1016/j.physleta.2017.10.009, 2017 S. L. Danilishin et al.,: "A new type of quantum speed meter interferometer: measuring speed to search for intermediate mass black holes" Light: Science & Applications (2018) 7, doi: 10.1038/s41377-018-0004-2 L. G. Prokhorov et. al,: "Upper limits on the mechanical loss of silicate bonds in a silicon tuning fork oscillator" Physics Letters A, 10.1016/j.physleta.2017.07.007 A joint application to the EU Quantum Technology flagship call (proposal currently under evaluation).
Start Year 2016
 
Description STFC Newton-Bhabha: Capacity Building for LIGO-India 
Organisation Cardiff University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Glasgow will be hosting a UK focused meeting in April 2018, also staff visits of colleagues from RRCAT and IIT Bombay.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are contributing staff for exchanges, Indian partners will contribute in-kind support of staff & computing time.
Impact MOU between UK and Indian institutes Collaboration agreement signed between UK and Indian institutes Just starting a print run of a book in general relativity, to be distributed to Indian schools
Start Year 2017
 
Description STFC Newton-Bhabha: Capacity Building for LIGO-India 
Organisation Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Glasgow will be hosting a UK focused meeting in April 2018, also staff visits of colleagues from RRCAT and IIT Bombay.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are contributing staff for exchanges, Indian partners will contribute in-kind support of staff & computing time.
Impact MOU between UK and Indian institutes Collaboration agreement signed between UK and Indian institutes Just starting a print run of a book in general relativity, to be distributed to Indian schools
Start Year 2017
 
Description STFC Newton-Bhabha: Capacity Building for LIGO-India 
Organisation Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA)
Country India 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Glasgow will be hosting a UK focused meeting in April 2018, also staff visits of colleagues from RRCAT and IIT Bombay.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are contributing staff for exchanges, Indian partners will contribute in-kind support of staff & computing time.
Impact MOU between UK and Indian institutes Collaboration agreement signed between UK and Indian institutes Just starting a print run of a book in general relativity, to be distributed to Indian schools
Start Year 2017
 
Description STFC Newton-Bhabha: Capacity Building for LIGO-India 
Organisation Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Country India 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Glasgow will be hosting a UK focused meeting in April 2018, also staff visits of colleagues from RRCAT and IIT Bombay.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are contributing staff for exchanges, Indian partners will contribute in-kind support of staff & computing time.
Impact MOU between UK and Indian institutes Collaboration agreement signed between UK and Indian institutes Just starting a print run of a book in general relativity, to be distributed to Indian schools
Start Year 2017
 
Description STFC Newton-Bhabha: Capacity Building for LIGO-India 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Glasgow will be hosting a UK focused meeting in April 2018, also staff visits of colleagues from RRCAT and IIT Bombay.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are contributing staff for exchanges, Indian partners will contribute in-kind support of staff & computing time.
Impact MOU between UK and Indian institutes Collaboration agreement signed between UK and Indian institutes Just starting a print run of a book in general relativity, to be distributed to Indian schools
Start Year 2017
 
Description STFC Newton-Bhabha: Capacity Building for LIGO-India 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Glasgow will be hosting a UK focused meeting in April 2018, also staff visits of colleagues from RRCAT and IIT Bombay.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are contributing staff for exchanges, Indian partners will contribute in-kind support of staff & computing time.
Impact MOU between UK and Indian institutes Collaboration agreement signed between UK and Indian institutes Just starting a print run of a book in general relativity, to be distributed to Indian schools
Start Year 2017
 
Description STFC Newton-Bhabha: Capacity Building for LIGO-India 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Glasgow will be hosting a UK focused meeting in April 2018, also staff visits of colleagues from RRCAT and IIT Bombay.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are contributing staff for exchanges, Indian partners will contribute in-kind support of staff & computing time.
Impact MOU between UK and Indian institutes Collaboration agreement signed between UK and Indian institutes Just starting a print run of a book in general relativity, to be distributed to Indian schools
Start Year 2017
 
Description STFC Newton-Bhabha: Capacity Building for LIGO-India 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Glasgow will be hosting a UK focused meeting in April 2018, also staff visits of colleagues from RRCAT and IIT Bombay.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are contributing staff for exchanges, Indian partners will contribute in-kind support of staff & computing time.
Impact MOU between UK and Indian institutes Collaboration agreement signed between UK and Indian institutes Just starting a print run of a book in general relativity, to be distributed to Indian schools
Start Year 2017
 
Description STFC Newton-Bhabha: Capacity Building for LIGO-India 
Organisation University of Strathclyde
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Glasgow will be hosting a UK focused meeting in April 2018, also staff visits of colleagues from RRCAT and IIT Bombay.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are contributing staff for exchanges, Indian partners will contribute in-kind support of staff & computing time.
Impact MOU between UK and Indian institutes Collaboration agreement signed between UK and Indian institutes Just starting a print run of a book in general relativity, to be distributed to Indian schools
Start Year 2017
 
Description STFC Newton-Bhabha: Capacity Building for LIGO-India 
Organisation University of the West of Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Glasgow will be hosting a UK focused meeting in April 2018, also staff visits of colleagues from RRCAT and IIT Bombay.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are contributing staff for exchanges, Indian partners will contribute in-kind support of staff & computing time.
Impact MOU between UK and Indian institutes Collaboration agreement signed between UK and Indian institutes Just starting a print run of a book in general relativity, to be distributed to Indian schools
Start Year 2017
 
Title MEASUREMENT OF ACCELERATION 
Description An acceleration measuring device is disclosed, for use as a gravimeter or gradiometer for example. The device has a support and a proof mass, connected to each other by at flexures allowing displacement of the proof mass relative to the support. The support defines a space for displacement of the proof mass. The device is configured so that the modulus of the gradient of the force-displacement curve of the proof mass decreases with increasing displacement, for at least part of the force-displacement curve. This is the so-called anti-spring effect. The resonant frequency of oscillation of the proof mass is determined at least in part by the orientation of the device relative to the direction of the force due to gravity. The proof mass is capable of oscillating with a resonant frequency of 10 Hz or less. The proof mass has a mass of less than 1 gram. 
IP Reference WO2016030435 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2016
Licensed No
Impact This patent was filed in August 2015 and we will work with end users to consider licensing/spin out opportunities. We are currently engaging with a design & manufacturing company to build a field unit, and a micro-nanofabrication company to develop wafer scale processing.
 
Title Silicon Carbide bonding 
Description Room temperature technique for mechanically robust method of jointing silicon carbide 
IP Reference US2007221326A 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2007
Licensed No
Impact Small contract work with US company
 
Title PSRQPy - MPitkin 
Description A Python package for accessing information from the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) Pulsar Catalogue. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact A paper describing the software was published in the Journal of Open Source Software https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.00538. The paper has, so far, been cited 3 times, showing that the software is enabling new science. 
URL https://psrqpy.readthedocs.io
 
Description 2016&2017 Performance of chasing the waves, Glasgow Science Festival 
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 Chasing the Waves is an STFC-funded musical-theatre production which was developed for the Glasgow Science Festival. Several members of staff were involved, including MHendry, PMurray, and several PhD students (incl D Williams). they participated in panel discussions at the end of each show, for an "ask the scientists" dialogue, answering questions from the audience on issues touched upon during the production, but also general questions about science, and being a scientist.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://www.gla.ac.uk/events/sciencefestival/eventsandprojects/projects/chasingthewaves/
 
Description A+ project announcement KStrain SRowan 
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 BBC interview to discuss the new A+ funding obtained and the science that will be carried out in this project and the potential for the gravitational wave astronomy field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47213202
 
Description American Astrophysical Society Plenary prize talk JHough 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Plenary Prize talk at the American Astronomical Society on the history of gravitational wave detection
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BSorazu interview by Basque Country newspaper "Berria" 2017 
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 I was interviewed by the Basque Country newspaper "Berria" in relation to the announcement of the BNS signal GW170817.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.berria.eus/paperekoa/2412/010/001/2017-10-17/astrofisikan_aro_berria_ireki_du_neutroi_iza...
 
Description BSorazu interview by website Nobbot.com 2017 
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 I was interviewed for the website Nobbot.com which is a Web by Orange (Spain) related to technology, social networks, business and culture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.nobbot.com/personas/entrevista-borja-sorazu-ondas-gravitacionales/
 
Description CKillow public lecture "the new astronomy of gravitational waves" by Dr Joan Centrella, Director, Astrophysics Science Division, NASAs Goddard Space Flight Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This lecture was organised by CKillow as part of a summer school in July 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Cambridge University Scientific Society SRowan 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited to talk to Cambridge Scientific Society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Careers networking event - Morrisons Academy high school, Crieff, Perthshire 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presented my research areas (gravitational waves, nanokicking/stem cells) and described career opportunities within physics and biomedical engineering.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/macmorrisons/status/971349384926519296
 
Description Cheltenham Science Festival (2 events) SRowan 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 Talk at 2 events at the Cheltenham Science Festival on gravitational waves
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/whats-on/2018/gravitational-waves
 
Description DPascucci Q&A about research and scientific method 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The activity consisted in a meeting/interview with primary schools students (~ 7-8 years old) about the research with a particular focus on LIGO and gravitational waves.
The children showed strong interest and asked very good questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DWilliams 7min of science 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Seven minutes of science is an evening-long event in which early-career researchers give short (7-minute long) talks about their research. There were around 125 members of the public and the university in attendance, many of whom had no science background. Daniel's talk prompted a large number of questions, both within the formal question and answer section, and afterwards, and a number of requests for further information about Gravitational Wave research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://twitter.com/7minutescience?lang=en
 
Description DWilliams Asto society talk 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Daniel gave a talk to the Astronomical Society of Glasgow - an amateur astronomy club - about the history of gravitational wave astronomy, and recent developments. There were around 40 people in the audience, with ages ranging from 14 upwards. A number of the audience members were retired scientists (from non astronomy fields), and the discussion at the end of the talk was interesting, and a number of insightful questions were asked.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description DWilliams I'm a scientist get me out of here 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here is a nationally-run schools engagement program, in which pupils at participating schools are given the chance to have live web chats with researchers about a given field of science (in this case research into gravity), and also to leave questions on a website, which can then be answered over a two-week period. The questions ranged from queries about gravity and astronomy (e.g. "what is a black hole") to questions about what it's like to work as a scientist. The event is intended to provide pupils with an accurate image of who scientists are, as well as allowing them to interact directly with people involved in research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://gravityn17.imascientist.org.uk
 
Description DWilliams Infographics for detections 
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 This project involved the production of "infographics" to communicate the important results of the detection of gravitational waves from the first two advanced LIGO observing runs. A total of five graphics resulted, which were each used as a component of the LIGO social media posts for each event, and in the case of GW170817, the graphic was included in the LSC press pack which was distributed to journalists. The reach of the material on Twitter was international - most considerably for GW170817 thanks to its translation into more than 20 languages, and the graphic was included in articles about the event internationally, making the total audience size rather difficult to estimate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://dcc.ligo.org/DocDB/0144/G1701538/003/find_factsheets_and_infographics.html
 
Description DWilliams Meet the black hole hunter 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Meet the Black Hole Hunters was a question-and-answer event during Glasgow Science festival, which Daniel was involved with through a Skype connection while he was visiting the LIGO site in Louisiana. He was able to answer questions about the detector, and gave a video tour of the control room.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2017
URL http://www.gla.ac.uk/events/sciencefestival/eventsandprojects/glasgowsciencefestival2017/adult/headl...
 
Description DWilliams UoE astro club talk 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Daniel gave a talk to the University of Edinburgh Astronomy club, with the audience consisting of ~50 undergraduate students. The talk prompted a number of interesting questions both about how to become involved in study in the field, and also about relationships between gravitational wave research and particle physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Dumfries Astronomical Society talk SRowan 2018 
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 to talk to the Dumfries Astronomical Society about Gravitational Waves
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://dumfriesastronomy.wordpress.com/
 
Description Essex Astronomical 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 Outreach talk on gravitational waves given to the Essex Astronomical Society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Festival of Physics 2018 (ABell, BSorazu, BBarr, ASpencer and others) 
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 The Festival of Physics 2018 was an event held at the Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh which was open to the general public and showcased Scottish physics research and technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.festivalofphysics.org/
 
Description Fort Collins Book Festival, Colorado (2 events) SRowan 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Attend and talk at Fort Collins Book Festival, Colorado (2 events)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.focobookfest.org/speakers/sheila-rowan/
 
Description GEddolls - St Ninian's High School STEM Fair 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact STEM event in a high school aimed at S1 and S2 students. Their parents were also present.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2018
 
Description GSC science lates - 2018 - KHaughian PMurray CMessenger GEddolls ASpencer and others 
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 Evening event at Glasgow Science Centre about space based science. We had a stand to display some gravitational wave technolgies and spoke to all the attendees about gravitational wave detection and gravitationa wave astronomy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/sites/default/files/Whats%20On%20-%20Space%20WEB.pdf
 
Description Glasgow Science Festival Science Sunday Big Birthday Bash 
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 Several researchers (incl. PMurray, KHaughian, MvanVeggel, DKeital) and several PhD students (incl. ZTornasi, BPearlstone, GLacaille) manned a gravitational wave stand. Here we described several different areas of gravitational wave research with the aid of our demonstration to the public and answered their questions. We also had lots of giveaways and sticker/quiz cards to help engage the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.gla.ac.uk/events/sciencefestival/eventsandprojects/projects/previousglasgowsciencefestiv...
 
Description Graduate fair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Several members of staff involved including Bryan Barr. They provided tours and information about our research facilities to prospective PhD students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Gravitational Waves for children 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Science Night in Hamburg, Germany, and Open Day at DESY, Germany. JS gave a talk (3x) for children at primary school age explaining gravitational waves.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description IMartin Co-ordination of RSE Science-Startup Masterclasses 2018 
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 A series of 4 practical, physics-based workshops run twice per year for a group of ~35 high-school pupils. Workshops cover 'How to be an Astrophysicist', 'How to be an Aeroplane Designer', 'How to be a Bridge Builder' and 'How to be a Rocket Scientist'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description IMartin JHough Royal Society Hooke Meeting 'The Promises of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I Martin was lead organiser of a meeting at the Royal Society on 'The promises of gravitational-wave astronomy'. These meetings are awarded on a competitive basis, and have mixed audiences including members of the public and scientists from both related and un-related fields.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2017/09/gravitational-wave/
 
Description IMartin Royal Society Hooke Meeting 'The Promises of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was lead organiser of a meeting at the Royal Society on 'The promises of gravitational-wave astronomy'. These meetings are awarded on a competitive basis, and have mixed audiences including members of the public and scientists from both related and un-related fields.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2017/09/gravitational-wave/
 
Description IMartin SRowan ZTornasi school work experience 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A school student on a work-experience week in the School of Physics and Astronomy spent a day observing research into optical properties of materials for gravitational wave detectors, working with a PhD student in the group. They also had discussions with our academic staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description IMartin Work experience school student project 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A school student on a work-experience week in the School of Physics and Astronomy spent a day observing research into optical properties of materials for gravitational wave detectors, working with my PhD student.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IOP Festival of Physics PGM KH CK 
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 The Festival of Physics is a brand new festival celebrating the wonders of science, the power of curiosity, and the inventions and discoveries that shape our world and our future.CK gave a talk on space based gravitational wave detectors. PGM gave a talk on ground based detectors.KH, PGM and CK manned the stand and discussed gravitational waves with the attendees giving out handouts, answering questions etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.events.iop.org/e/festival-of-physics-00eb9cb4cdbe4650b3193226d3b3a8c5/page.html
 
Description IOP Hertfordshire talk JHough 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Outreach talk on gravitational waves for Institute of Physics Hertfordshire branch
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IOPS talk - JFaller - Physics of Sports 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 Delivering an IOP Scotland public lecture in Glasgow. The talk was an hour long and was delivered to ~50 attendees. Afterwards, a 45 minute follow up session was arranged with one of the audience who had asked questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Iain Martin - RSE Start-up Science Masterclasses 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Organised science masterclasses to engage and teach children about science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description JHough Apr2017 College of Science and Engineering public lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lecture in Edinburgh to the College of Science and Engineering. It was a general audience and included school children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.eng.ed.ac.uk/about/events/20170427-1730/prof-jim-hough-university-glasgow-engineering-cha...
 
Description JHough Feb2017 Crighton conversation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Crighton conversation - Prestigious talk to the general intelligentia of the borders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description JHough June2017 Erlangen after dinner talk Max Planck 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited after dinner lecture to the early career staff of Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (Erlangen). The meeting was at Ringberg Castle and there were 90 minutes of questions after the lecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description JHough Mar2017 Keynote lecture EU accelerator 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote lecture to the EU consortium on accelerator physics EUCARD
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description JHough Mar2017 Perth Astronomical 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 Perth Astronomical society lecture
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description JHough Oct2017 IOP lecture in Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lecture to IOP in Oxford. Roger penrose was in attendance in the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description JSteinlechner Painting Planets 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact While painting paper plates and Styrofoam spheres, nursery children got some pictures of planets shown and some explanation. They were encouraged to name the planets they made.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Jeremiah Horrocks winter lecture, UCLan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture on recent gravitational-wave discoveries, parked many questions and interest from audience of general public
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description KHaughian - Space rocks Pint of Science talk 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An evening of talks and activities organised by space scientists working in Scotland.
This was a ticketed general public event and over 80 tickets were sold in advance.
I gave a talk on gravitational waves and got lots of great questions afterwards from members of the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/space-rocks
 
Description KStrain ACTA SCIO Troon 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact ACTA SCIO Troon
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description KStrain EISF Gravitational Waves 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact EISF Gravitational Waves
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description KStrain GSF Meet the black hole hunters 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact GSF Meet the black hole hunters
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description KStrain Inverclyde Skywatchers 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Inverclyde Skywatchers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHednry June2017 Cosmic Collisions lecture, Sanqhuar Town Hall 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Cosmic collisions lecture to 100 people
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendery Nov2017 IOP public lecture University of Salford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact IOP public lecture at University of Salford
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry - May2017 IOP Lancashire public lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact IOP Lancashire public lecture, University of Central Lancashire
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry - May2017 St Columba's Kilmalcolm 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Schools talk to 100 pupils at St Columba's Kilmalcolm
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Apr2018 Public lecture Royal Scottish Society for the Arts, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact public lecture to 70 people at Royal Scottish Society for the Arts in Edinburgh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Aug2017 LIGO Salem Oregon Eclipse Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Event in Salem for the eclipse. LIGO stand.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Science Forum, Royal Society London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Science Forum, Royal Society London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MHendry Cultural Collisions Exhibition, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Gravitational wave exhibit Cultural Collisions Exhibition, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MHendry Dec2017 Public lecture, Scottish Dark Sky Observatory 
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 Public lecture, Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Dec2017 public lecture, Dumfries Astronomical Club, Dumfries 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture, Dumfries Astronomical Club, Dumfries
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry GHammond Dec2017 IOP Scotland public lecture, University of Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact IOP Scotland public lecture at the University of Glasgow
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Gravity Day, British University of Egypt, Cairo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Gravity Day, British University of Egypt, Cairo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MHendry June 2017 David Elder Lecture, Glasgow Science Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact David Elder lecture at Glasgow Science Centre to 180 members of the general public
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry June 2017 STEM celebration talk at Glasgow Science Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact STEM celebration talk at Glasgow Science Centre to 200 people
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry May2017 North Lanarkshire Schools Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact North Lanarkshire schools visit by S2 science students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Nov2017 IOP Scotland Festival of Physics Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact IOP Scotland Festival of Physics in Edinburgh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Nov2017 Portsmouth and Southsea Physical Society public lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture at Portsmouth and Southsea Physical Society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Nov2017 School talk, Bishopbriggs Academy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact School talk to 100 pupils at Bishopbriggs Academy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Oct 2017 School talk Balfrom High School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact School talk to 100 pupils at Balfron High School
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Oct2017 Dark Matter Day reception, Edinburgh 
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 Dark Matter Day reception in Edinburgh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Oct2017 Einstein goes to Hollywood public talk, Ardrossan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Einstein goes to Holywood talk to ~30 people in Ardrossan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Oct2017 IOP Scotland public lecture, Inverness Royal Academy, Inverness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact IOP Scotland public lecture at Inverness Royal Academy to 100 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Oct2017 Popular lecture, National Physics Laborartory, Teddington 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Popular lecture at National Physical Laboratory in Teddington
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Oct2017 Public lecture Eastgate Centre, Peebles 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture at Eastgate Centre in Peebles to 70 people
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry PMurray Sept2017 Public lecture as part of RSE Inverness programme, Inverness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture as part of RSE Inverness
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Public lecture at Festival of Ideas, York 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture at Festival of Ideas, York
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MHendry Public lecture for Royal Statistical Society, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture for Royal Statistical Society, Glasgow
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MHendry Public lecture to Inverclyde SkyWatchers, Greenock 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture to Inverclyde SkyWatchers, Greenock
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MHendry Public panel discussion, Glasgow Science Festival, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public panel discussion, Glasgow Science Festival, Glasgow
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MHendry Schools talk, CREST Club, St Columba's School Kilmacolm, for RS Partnership Grant 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Schools talk, CREST Club, St Columba's School Kilmacolm, for RS Partnership Grant
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MHendry Sept2017 Lecture to Science Museum Trustees, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Lecture to 30 Science Museum trustees in London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry Sept2017 School talk Sutton Grammar Schoolm London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk to 200 pupils at Sutton Grammar School.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry USA Science and Engineering Festival, Washington DC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Gravitational waves exhibit at USA Science and Engineering Festival, Washington DC. Estimated 20000 people at event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MHendry- May2018 IOP Scotland Physics Teachers' Stirling meeting keynote talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote talk at IOP Scotland Teachers Stirling meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MHendry-July2017 George Fraser Memorial lecture, Forres 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact George Fraser memorial lecture to 100 people given in Forres, Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MartinH - Feb2018 Cafe Scientifique Francais, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture to Cafe Scientifique Francais, Glasgow by MArtin Hendry and Laurence Datrier
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Mhendry AAAS Meeting, Washington 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exhibit at AAAS Meeting, Washington
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Mhendry Café Scientifique talk, Cockermouth, Cumbria 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Café Scientifique talk, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry Dark Matter Day reception, Dynamic Earth 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dark Matter Day reception, Dynamic Earth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry Euroastronomia Lecture at University Observatory 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Euroastronomia Lecture at Glasgow University Observatory
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry Gravitational-Wave Workshop, Split, Croatia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Gravitational-Wave Workshop, Split, Croatia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry Gravitational-Wave public lecture, Split Croatia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Gravitational-Wave public lecture, Split Croatia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry IOP Scotland public lecture in Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact IOP Scotland public lecture in Glasgow
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry IOP Scotland public lecture in Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact IOP Scotland public lecture in Glasgow
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry IOP Scotland public lecture in Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact IOP Scotland public lecture in Glasgow
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Mhendry IOP Yorkshire Branch public lecture, University of Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact IOP Yorkshire Branch public lecture, University of Leeds
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry Keynote lecture at Heraeus Conference on Teaching Relativity, Bad Honnef, Germany 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote lecture at Heraeus Conference on Teaching Relativity, Bad Honnef, Germany
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Mhendry Lecture at Scottish Dark Sky 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 Lecture at Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry Lecture to Ayrshire Amateur Radio Group, Prestwick 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lecture to Ayrshire Amateur Radio Group, Prestwick
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry Public talk at Scottish Dark Sky 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 Public talk at Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry Public talk at Smith Library, Stirling 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk at Smith Library, Stirling
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Mhendry Public talk to Caithness Astronomy Group, Castletown 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk to Caithness Astronomy Group, Castletown
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry Public talk to Clydesdale Astronomical Society, Forth, Lanarkshire 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk to Clydesdale Astronomical Society, Forth, Lanarkshire
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry RSE Lectures at Inverness College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact RSE Lectures at Inverness College
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry RSE Schools talk to Higher Physics students, Craigmount High School Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact RSE Schools talk to Higher Physics students, Craigmount High School Edinburgh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Mhendry RSE Schools talk to Higher/AH Physics students, Culloden Academy, Inverness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact RSE Schools talk to Higher/AH Physics students, Culloden Academy, Inverness
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry RSE Schools talk to Higher/AH Physics students, Inverness Royal Academy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact RSE Schools talk to Higher/AH Physics students, Inverness Royal Academy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry RSE Schools talk to Higher/AH Physics students, Millburn Academy, Inverness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact RSE Schools talk to Higher/AH Physics students, Millburn Academy, Inverness
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry RSE Schools talk to Higher/AH students, Thurso HS, Caithness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact RSE Schools talk to Higher/AH students, Thurso HS, Caithness
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry RSE Schools talk to N5/Higher/AH students, Wick HS, Caithness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact RSE Schools talk to N5/Higher/AH students, Wick HS, Caithness
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry RSE Schools talks to N5/Higher/AH students, Moffat and Dumfries 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact RSE Schools talks to N5/Higher/AH students, Moffat and Dumfries
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Mhendry STFC public talk, Abriachan Forest Dark Sky Site, Inverness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact STFC public talk, Abriachan Forest Dark Sky Site, Inverness
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry Schools talk to East Renfrewshire Advanced Higher students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Schools talk to East Renfrewshire Advanced Higher students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry Schools talk to Higher/AH Physics students, East Dunbartonshire Schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk to Higher/AH Physics students, East Dunbartonshire Schools
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry Schools talk to Higher/AH Physics students, North Lanarkshire Schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk to Higher/AH Physics students, North Lanarkshire Schools
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry Schools talk to Notre Dame Primary students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Schools talk to Notre Dame Primary students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry U3A Lecture on "Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe", Bearsden 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact U3A Lecture on "Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe", Bearsden
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mhendry U3A Lecture on "Listening to Einstein's Universe", Sevenoaks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact U3A Lecture on "Listening to Einstein's Universe", Sevenoaks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description NKorsakova Inverclyde Sky Watchers 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk to Inverclyde Sky Watchers Astronomy Group about LISA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description New Scientist Instant Expert Event (London) 
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 given at New Scientist Instant Expert event on Big Physics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description PDupej 2018 Alumni school talk Slovakia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Public talk about LIGO and discoveries of gravitational waves.
This talk was part of an Alumni series of talks at a former high school in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The talk was about 1h long followed by a 30 minutes QA and discussion with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description PMurray Listening to Einstein's Universe Talk to A-level students at Graveney School, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk to A-level students at Graveney School, London about the detection of Gravitational Waves
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description RSE/MOST workshop - lab tour BBarr 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact During a combined meeting/workshop between the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and the Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) I gave laboratory tours of our local facilities to Taiwanese researchers interested in gravitational wave interferometry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Royal Institution auction and tour - 2018 - SRowan PMurray KHaughian CMessenger JVeitch MPitkin and others 
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 The royal Institution auctioned a lab tour at our facilities including a meet and greet with the scientists.
this involved advertising publicly the auction with a brief description of the work carried out in the IGR at the University of glasgow and also the gravitational waves work carried out worldwide.
The winner of the auction visitied our department for lab tours and discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Royal Society Partnerships grant conference JHough 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk on career to Teachers, pupils and politicians at RS Partnership grants conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, London Jul7 2017 
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 The summer science exhibition is an event which lasted over a week. We had an exhibition stand displaying the gravitational wave research carried out in the UK. This was a stand organised by several institutions across the UK. The Glasgow people involved were Martin Hendry, James Hough, Sheila Rowan, Peter Murray, Karen Haughian, Marielle van Veggel and Natalia Korsakova. The purpose of the event is to tell the general public and school groups about the gravitational wave research that is going on in the UK. This is done through discussions and demonstrations of the technology, games and freebies. MPs alos attended the event and tweeted about our stand.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2017/summer-science-exhibition
 
Description SHeng Tsinghua University news conference 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact I presented at a news conference at Tsinghua University on GW170817 Oct 17 and answered questions from journalists. The press conference was streamed live over the internet with at least 50,000 live viewers and I think half a million follow-up views (but I am not very sure about this). I am aware of at least one newspaper article written about me, resulting from the Tsinghua interview, and at least one article circulated over the Chinese social media (WeChat).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SRowan BBC Radio 4 Colliding Neutron Stars, Krakatoa, Centigrade vs Celsius 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Adam Rutherford talks to astrophysicists about the astronomical discovery of the year, if not the last couple of decades: the collision of two neutron stars and the cosmic gold-forging aftermath. The discovery of this long-hypothesized event on 17th August came from the much awaited marriage of the capabilities of the gravitational wave detectors LIGO and Virgo with those of ground-based and space-based telescopes. Samaya Nissanke of Radboud University, Sheila Rowan of the University of Glasgow and Nial Tanvir of the University of Leicester take Inside Science through the story. BBC Radio 4 Inside Science (2017).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b098bt42
 
Description SRowan Buzzfeed third detection (2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Buzzfeed News article about the third confirmed detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes (2017).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomchivers/scientists-have-seen-two-more-black-holes-colliding-so
 
Description SRowan David Elder lecture 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Glasgow Science Centre is proud to host the David Elder Lectures in partnership with the University of Strathclyde's Department of Physics. The David Elder lecture series presents a line-up of fascinating talks by expert astronomers at the cutting edge of their fields of research. This lecture series continues the tradition of monthly astronomy lectures in Glasgow which began with the first David Elder Lecture in 1905, 112 years ago! 31 Jan 2018, Prof. Sheila Rowan "Gravitational waves - turning on the soundtrack to the Universe".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/discover/adult-events/david-elder-lectures/past-lectures
 
Description SRowan IFL Science 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview with IFL Science about the third gravitational wave detection (2017).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.iflscience.com/space/gravitational-waves-observed-for-a-third-time/
 
Description SRowan John Porter Memorial Lecture IoP Liverpool 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact For the 2017 John Porter Memorial Lecture, in collaboration with the Institute of Physics, Professor Sheila Rowan will talk about the decades-long search for gravitational waves, the exciting recent first discoveries, and the future of gravitational wave astronomy.
In this public talk, Professor Rowan will tell the story behind the discoveries, talk about some of the extreme objects that produce the Waves, and look into the future of gravitational wave astronomy and the new window it opens up into the universe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SRowan Radio 4 Forensics Centre in Dundee; D'Arcy Thompson centenary; Scottish science adviser; Coffee and climate 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Astrophysicist Sheila Rowan has been the Chief Science Adviser to the Scottish Government for just over a year. Adam asks her about the role and how she deals with controversial issues such as GM crops. BBC Radio 4 Inside Science (2017)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08tvjk5
 
Description SRowan Radio 4 Gravity wave breakthrough, The antibiotic pipeline, Microbial waste recycling, Fausto - an AI opera 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The gravitational waves produced by two massive black holes colliding have for the first time been detected by three gravitational wave detectors. Professor Sheila Rowan of the University of Glasgow explains the importance of this new three way observation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b095pttk
 
Description SRowan Radio 4 Infinite Monkey Cage 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Dara O'Briain, Professor Sheila Rowan of Glasgow University and Professor Nils Andersson of Southampton University to look at last summer's spectacular discovery of gravitational waves from two colliding neutron stars. BBC Radio 4 (2017)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09kxt28
 
Description SRowan Radio 4 Scottish Science Special Today programme 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview on BBC Radio 4 (Inside Science, Scottish Science Special; The curious cases of Rutherford and Fry; The Today Programme).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08svw56
 
Description SRowan STV Nobel Prize announcement 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Short interview with STV News about the announcement of the Nobel Prize for the detection of gravitational waves (2017)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://stv.tv/news/west-central/1399075-scots-scientists-celebrate-nobel-prize-contribution/
 
Description SRowan World Service Antibiotic Resistance 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The gravitational waves produced by two massive black holes colliding two billion years ago have been detected by three gravitational wave detectors for the first time. Professor Sheila Rowan of the University of Glasgow explains the importance of this new three way observation. BBC World Service Inside Science (2017).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csv1fb
 
Description SRowan World Service Black Hole and Sonic Weapons - Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Astrophysicist Sheila Rowan explains how we know invisible black holes actually exist. Plus cosmologist Andrew Pontzen is on hand to help cook one up. Broadcast on BBC World Service (2017).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswd1v
 
Description SRowan World Service Stars Colliding 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Astrophysicists Samaya Nissanke of Radboud University and Sheila Rowan of the University of Glasgow discuss the astronomical discovery of the year, if not the last couple of decades: the collision of two neutron stars and the cosmic gold-forging aftermath. The discovery of this long-hypothesized event on 17th August came from the much awaited marriage of the capabilities of the gravitational wave detectors LIGO and Virgo with those of ground-based and space-based telescopes. BBC World Service The Science Hour
(2017).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csv1ff
 
Description SRowan and KStrain Edinburgh Science Festival 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An event on gravitational waves at the Edinburgh Science Festival with two University of Glasgow physicists who played key roles in their discovery - Ken Strain and Sheila Rowan, Scientific Advisor to the Scottish government. The event was in the National Museums of Scotland. The audience asked loads of good questions like: What happens when a gravitational wave hits a black hole?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://marcuschown.com/2017/04/edinburgh-science-festival-13-april-8pm/
 
Description Science and Society Lecture, University of Liverpool SRowan 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Give tScience and Society Lecture at the University of Liverpool
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Strathallan School visit SRowan 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Invited to Strathallan School to talk to the students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk on gravitational waves to STFC staff at Daresbury lab JHough 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave an outreach talk on gravitationalw waves and their detectionto STFC staff at Daresbury lab
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Borders Science Festival (Peebles public library) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk on gravitational wave detection at the Borders Science Festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjRx-Pp-9...
 
Description The Royal Institution, 'in conversation with' SRowan 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 Gravitational waves and beyond: In conversation with Sheila Rowan talk for Royal Institution
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.rigb.org/whats-on/events-2018/april/patron-gravitational-waves-and-beyond
 
Description Translating GW outreach material - SHuttner 2018 
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 Materal is produced by the Education and Public Outreach group within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. These were translated into different languages in order to be distributed further.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UKRI launch event 2018 - KHaughian KToland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UKRI had a launch event in London in May 2018. Each of the 8 individual research councils selected an area of research which they would like to showcase. STFC chose gravitational waves. " members of the IGR from the University of Glasgow attended the event with a GEO600 detector suspension and discussed gravitational waves research with the invited attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description University of West of Scotland Science Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited to give an 'Inspiring Women' talk at UWS
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://healthlifesciences.uws.ac.uk/2019/01/07/professor-sheila-rowan-mbe-on-making-waves-in-science...