College of Science & Engineering

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News and Events from the College of Science and Engineering.

Head of College Professor Lesley Yellowlees to retire

Lesley Yellowlees, the distinguished Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry, will stand down as Head of College on Friday 28th July after 6 years in the role.

University to play pivotal role in creating Data Capital of Europe

The University of Edinburgh will be a key partner in a major initiative that seeks to make Edinburgh and its surrounding region the European leader for applying data science to products and services.

Science events at the year's Edinburgh Fringe

There are a number of science related talks and events at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival which have links with the College of Science and Engineering.

WikiLeaks gave Trump edge in campaign race, Twitter study finds

Criticism of Hillary Clinton over documents posted by WikiLeaks played a key role in her failed US presidential campaign, analysis of social media suggests.

Particle discovery helps solve physics puzzle

Edinburgh scientists have helped identify a new type of particle in experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Surface of Mars poses danger to life, tests show

The environment on Mars may be more harmful to Earth-based life forms than previously thought, experiments by Edinburgh scientists have shown.

Scientist track formation of massive iceberg

Scientists are using satellites to determine details of one of the largest icebergs on record, which is taking shape at the edge of Antarctica.

Arctic expedition explores climate impact on ocean

University scientists are setting sail for the Arctic Ocean as part of a £10 million research programme to investigate how the region is changing.

Social care robots on show for public event

Staff, students and members of the public are invited to see how robots being developed at Edinburgh could help meet future healthcare challenges.

3 Minute Thesis Winner

Two awards for Chemistry postgraduate student.

Crops’ sweet bribes for ants help them bear fruit

Flowering crops such as beans and cotton offer their sweetest nectar to recruit colonising ants.

Piling on pressure solves enduring mystery about metal’s makeup

Scientists have solved a decades-old puzzle about a widely used metal, thanks to extreme pressure experiments and powerful supercomputing.

University & Huawei announce new data lab

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology solution provider, today announced a partnership with the University of Edinburgh to open a new lab for distributed data management and processing.

Fake online profiles easier to fish out with new software tool

People who use fake profiles online could be more easily identified, thanks to a new tool developed by computer scientists.

Olive oil nutrient linked to processes that prevent cancer in brain

A compound found in olive oil may help to prevent cancer developing in the brain, a study shows.

Science on a Summer’s Evening 2017

On Wednesday 14th June, the College of Science and Engineering presents a special evening of lectures and hands-on science, showcasing exciting research at the University of Edinburgh.

Scientists outline plans to reduce the environmental footprint of Brazilian beef

Julian Hall and PhD student, Rafael de Oliveria Silva from the the School of Mathematics with co-authors from SRUC, the University of York and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation have published a paper on how the country's farmers can meet the rising demands for beef without increasing the amount of farming space used.

Quest for resilient chickpea may aid poor farmers

Scientists are seeking to develop chickpeas that can flourish in dry climates, to help some of the world’s poorest farmers reliably grow the staple crop.

Grant award aims to improve clean water techniques

Dr. Andrea Semiao from the School of Engineering has received £125,000 from EPSRC to support a 15-month project which contributes to the global need for reliable and sustainable provision of clean drinking water.

New research to prevent the spread of deadly fires in informal settlements

A cross-disciplinary research team from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering and School of Political Science have been awarded a £1.4M grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Experts seek to shape bright economic future for North Sea

Businesses and researchers are coming together to identify opportunities for economic development in the North Sea.

Eminent scientists join Royal Society

Four Edinburgh academics have been elected to a prestigious fellowship in recognition of their outstanding contributions to science.

Climate change scholarships launched

Students from nations most at risk from climate change are to receive scholarships to study at Edinburgh.

Brilliant Geometry - an interactive exhibition

An free interactive exhibition on the art of mathematical projections being held at Summerhall from May 13th to 4th June 2017.

Chemists awarded trio of Royal prizes

Three Edinburgh scientists have been recognised for the originality and impact of their chemistry research.

Galactic winds slow new star formation

Scientists have created computer simulations of events soon after the Big Bang to better understand how stars today are being formed.

Antarctic study sheds light on central ice sheet

Central parts of Antarctica’s ice sheet have been stable for millions of years, from a time when conditions were considerably warmer than now, research suggests.

Edible insects could cut harmful emissions

Eating insects instead of beef could help tackle climate change by reducing emissions linked to livestock production, research suggests.

College 3 Minute Thesis Competition finalists

The College of Science and Engineering heat of the Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT) was held on Tuesday 25th April.

Hard rocks from Himalaya raise flood risk for millions

Scientists have shown how earthquakes and storms in the Himalaya can increase the impact of deadly floods in one of Earth’s most densely populated areas.

Special status fails to protect forests from illegal tree loss

Protected forests in developing nations are losing large numbers of trees and creating significant carbon emissions, despite their special status.

Research for Emergency Aftershock Response

A multi-disciplinary project involving EPCC, GeoSciences and Concern Worldwide aims to improve emergency decision making in earthquake zones using mobile technology.

Carbon removal studies to inform climate policy

Scientists at the University are to carry out research to inform approaches to tackling climate change.

Ancient stone confirms date of comet strike

Evidence from a historic site appears to confirm the date of a comet strike that killed thousands.

Satellite project to track greenhouse gases

Scientists are preparing for the launch of a UK-French satellite that will measure greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, following official endorsement of the project.

Upgrade helps supercomputer tackle new challenges

Complex scientific problems could be solved by researchers with improved access to supercomputing facilities, following a £2.4 million investment.

New STFC-CDT in Data Intensive Science

STFC funds for a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data Intensive Science have been awarded to a joint bid from University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow & University of St Andrews.

Academic Excellence Recognised

The Royal Society of Edinburgh announces its 2017 prizewinners including two from the College of Science and Engineering.

Skeletons developed as chemistry of oceans changed, study shows

Skeletons and shells first came into being 550 million years ago as the chemical make-up of seawater changed, a study suggests.

Government backing boosts cyber security research

University research into cyber security and online privacy is to be further developed following government recognition.

Marine energy testing tank sets sights on new horizons

A world-leading marine energy testing facility is to become a fully integrated part of the University of Edinburgh - ensuring its continuation as a global centre of excellence in wave and tidal technologies.

Peter Higgs receives Royal Commission Medal

Professor Emeritus Peter Ware Higgs, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2013, has received the Royal Commission for the 1851 Exhibition Medal for his outstanding contribution to physics.

School of Physics team wins 3rd prize in employability competition

A University of Edinburgh team of physicists came third in the final of the IBM Universities Business Challenge (UBC) Worldwide competition, beating a number of business teams from universities across the UK. 

Insight into cause of brain disorders may aid quest for treatments

Fresh discoveries about a range of neurological disorders may inform the development of new therapies.

Prototype engine being developed to power life on Mars

A prototype engine is being developed by the School of Engineering, in collaboration with Northumbria University, which could be used to harvest energy on the surface of Mars.

Low-carbon business initiative comes to ECCI

The University is to host the Scottish arm of Europe’s largest climate entrepreneurship programme.

New musical theatre show about antimicrobial resistance

A researcher at the University of Edinburgh is to develop a brand new musical for primary schools charting the story of antibiotics and the rise of antimicrobial resistance. 

Edinburgh chemist wins Parliament prize

A University scientist has won a prize in recognition of the excellence of his chemistry research.

Astronauts touch down for science training

European astronauts have arrived in Edinburgh to have training from scientists at the University.

Pupils help scientists map marine life

School children are taking part in a project to help research into marine life off Scotland’s west coast.

Milestone in bid to build complex organism

Scientists have made significant progress towards recreating a functioning synthetic organism from scratch.

Starter’s guide to supercomputing unveiled

The workings of the world’s most powerful computers are being made clearer for non-experts in a free online course.

Maths workshops add up to a lot of fun

Maths challenges come in all shapes and sizes ... as several hands-on events at Edinburgh have been demonstrating.

New Head of College of Science & Engineering appointed

The University of Edinburgh’s Chair of Applied Logic, Professor Dave Robertson, has been appointed as Head of the College of Science & Engineering.

Lothian Buses Service 41 Pilot

In response to student feedback the University is considering options to improve the experience of using bus services to access University sites.

£100m centre seeks global tech solutions

Scientists at Edinburgh are to help develop cutting edge technologies at a new £100m research centre.

Fifth of food lost to over-eating and waste

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests.

Informatics researchers recognised at International Symposiums

Researchers from the Institute for Computing Systems Architecture at the School of Informatics were recognised at the prestigious co-located International Symposiums on Code Generation and Optimization (CGO) and High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA) in Austin, Texas in early February.

Innovation Initiative Grants 2017 - Now Open!

Donor-funded small project grants of up to £5000 available to students and staff to support innovations in teaching, research and student life.

Bluebells may fail to flourish as climates warm

Carpets of bluebells have long been a feature of spring woodlands – but the flowers may not be at their best in years to come, research suggests.

Satellite sheds light on Antarctic glaciers

A novel use of satellite data is giving scientists insight into what is going on beneath the surface of ice in West Antarctica.

Dust that formed planets is traced to stars

Scientists have identified the origin of key stardust grains present in the dust cloud from which the planets in our Solar System formed, a study suggests.

Inaugural Lecture - Professor Jonathan Silvertown

On Wednesday 22nd February the School of Biological Sciences extend an invitation to a lecture by Professor Jonathan Silvertown, Chair in Technology Enhanced Science Education.

Academics Unplugged

Academics Unplugged is an opportunity for researchers to introduce their work to staff and students from across the College. These short talks provide the opportunity for University staff and students to engage directly with cutting-edge researchers.

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