College of Science & Engineering


A listing of news and events for the year 2016.

Space images shed light on unknown Universe

Scientists are poised to make fresh discoveries about the Universe, thanks to newly released data from a major astronomy survey.

UK boost for robotics and AI

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar has been awarded a £428,959 share of £6.5M capital funding from EPSRC.

Key crops are focus of farming research

Farmers could be helped to grow crops more sustainably, thanks to research involving scientists at the University.

Nobel Lecture - Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart

On Friday the 16th of December we extend a very warm invitation to a lecture by Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, one of the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Far-off planetary worlds may sustain life

Life could exist in the atmospheres of many distant worlds, research suggests.

Galaxy images shed new light on dark matter

Scientists have gained fresh insight into dark matter, the elusive material that accounts for much of the Universe’s mass.

Team’s talking robot aims for $1.5m prize

An Edinburgh team is competing for a $1.5m prize as part of a global contest to develop sophisticated voice-control technology.

Students design transport of the future

An Edinburgh team is preparing to take part in a global contest to develop a new form of high-speed transportation.

Plaque tribute for physics pioneer

Legendary physicist Max Born has been honoured with a commemorative plaque.

Science relics in spotlight at book launch

Charles Darwin’s student cards will be showcased in a new guide to a historic collection.

Deep sea coral faces climate change threat

North Atlantic coral populations – key to supporting a variety of sea life – are under threat from climate change, a study suggests.

Only half of a chromosome is DNA, study finds

DNA makes up only half of the material inside chromosomes – far less than was previously thought – a study has revealed.

Brücks Café refurbishment

The Brücks Café will close at 4pm on Thursday 24th of November for refurbishment.

XY Café Opening Hours

New opening hours for the XY café in Roger Land.

Dinosaur casts light on late burst of evolution

A fossil that almost went undiscovered is giving clues to a family of dinosaurs that flourished just before the mass extinction.

Nobel award for chemistry alumnus

Edinburgh alumnus Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart has been awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Mysterious Jurassic sea monster unveiled

A fierce predator that lived 170 million years ago has been unveiled for the first time, half a century after it was discovered.

Wave study could help improve seawalls

Britain’s coastal defences could be designed to better withstand storms triggered by climate change, a study suggests.

Sustainable Travel Event: Tuesday 1st November

A Workplace Travel Planning Roadshow will be held on Tuesday 1st November in the Sanderson Building.

Pint-sized Marty robot wins design award

A mini robot created to inspire budding engineers and scientists has won a £24,500 entrepreneurial award.

Ocean oxygen is key to animal evolution

Edinburgh scientists have helped show how complex life forms began to evolve billions of years after Earth was formed.

Astronomers explore golden age of galaxies

An international team of astronomers, led by Edinburgh, has gained a new view of the evolution of distant galaxies.

Scientists benefit from mapping deal

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the University and the sustainability software and data company Ecometrica.

Doors Open Day 2016

On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2016, the College of Science and Engineering will be heavily involved in the Edinburgh Doors Open Day programme. Coordinated by the Cockburn Association, this event is an opportunity for the public to visit buildings that are not usually available.

Scientists head to Italian earthquake zone

Researchers from the British Geological Survey and the University are travelling to the earthquake-affected area of central Italy.

Ice sheet’s past reveals warming risk

Fresh understanding of West Antarctica has revealed how the region’s ice sheet could become unstable in a warming world.

Gold from phones becomes real prospect

Vast quantities of gold could be salvaged from old mobile phones using a simple chemical method, a University study shows

Head of College Prizes 2016

These inaugural prizes are to recognise and celebrate staff contributions that have made significant impact in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE).

Scientists close in on dark matter

Scientists have refined their search for dark matter with the completion of a sophisticated experiment.

Japan science link-ups receive £10,000 prizes

Two Edinburgh scientists have been awarded £10,000 prizes for their collaborations with researchers in Japan.

Rocks chart Earth's recovery from extinction

Scientists have shed light on why life on Earth took millions of years to recover from the greatest mass extinction of all time.

Ocean bugs inspire smart therapies quest

Fresh insight into how ocean bacteria search for food could help develop bacterial therapies programmed to treat disease.

Informatics expert joins Robot Wars judges

A scientist at the University is making his debut as a judge in the new TV series of Robot Wars.

Women scientists share passion for research

Female researchers from the University are to enthuse about their work at a free open-air event.

Bees reveal plants’ flower arranging flair

Plants can maximise their chances of reproduction by taking advantage of how insects move when they gather nectar, a study suggests.

Water test paves way for safe CO2 storage

Scientists have found an inexpensive way to monitor the storage of carbon dioxide deep underground.

DNA production facility begins operation

Scientists are marking the opening of the first fully automated DNA-making facility in the UK.

Computing centre hosts industry tie-up

High performance computing experts from industry and the University are to work together in a new centre of expertise.

Science on a Summer's Evening 2016

The College of Science and Engineering presents a special evening of lectures, music and hands-on science, showcasing exciting research at the University of Edinburgh. In the 2016 edition, we focus on the themes of robotics and automation in current research.

Carbon projects capture students’ interest

Students from Singapore will learn about Edinburgh’s work into carbon capture and storage technologies this week.

Shaw Prize awarded to genetics expert

Professor Sir Adrian Bird has been awarded a Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine

Ancient rocks yield facts on CO2 storage

Natural underground reservoirs of carbon dioxide are giving scientists vital clues how best to store emissions of the gas.

Study sheds light on Earth’s magnetic field

Experiments that seek to recreate conditions found deep inside the Earth are enabling new insights into the evolution of the planet.

Antarctic images reveal decades of ice loss

Part of Antarctica has been losing ice to the ocean for far longer than had been expected, satellite pictures reveal.

Innovation centre wins major award

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) has won a Guardian Sustainable Business Award.

Experiments cast light on elusive element

A study of newly made chemical compounds is giving scientists a fresh understanding of an elusive element.

UK-China study to tackle earthquakes

Edinburgh scientists are taking part in a UK-China initiative to develop expertise on better managing natural disasters.

Study probes birds’ flexible nesting ability

Birds’ ability to alter spring nesting times as temperatures rise could help safeguard their long-term survival in changing climates, research suggests.

Humanoid robot developed for Mars missions

A human-sized robot is being developed in preparation for missions to the Red Planet.

Scientists support Estonian digital centre

Researchers at the University are to support the development of a centre of excellence for the digital economy in Estonia.

Minerals reveal record of magnetic fields

Fresh discoveries about common minerals are helping scientists better understand the nature of Earth’s magnetic fields.

Nutrient plays key role in internal clocks

An essential mineral has an unexpected role in helping living things remain adapted to the rhythms of night and day, research shows.

Carnegie Public Lecture 12 May 2016

Robust Emergence of Diverse Planetary Systems and the Prospects of Life around Other Stars

Scientists probe ancient asteroid crater

Edinburgh scientists are joining an international expedition to investigate an asteroid crater off the coast of Mexico.

Marine project builds platform for change

An off-shore platform that generates renewable energy and produces sustainable food sources is being developed at Edinburgh.

Soils could aid climate change fight

The world’s soils could store an extra 8 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases, helping to limit the impacts of climate change, a study suggests.

Symmetries in Light

An international exhibition by the Japan Kaleidoscope Museum and The Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews celebrating the life and work of David Brewster.

Fossil study shows how T. rex became king

The remains of a new species of dinosaur reveal how Tyrannosaurus rex became one of Earth’s top predators, a study shows.

Science Engagement in the College

The College of Science and Engineering will be leading and taking part in a wide range of events over the next few weeks as part of British Science Week and also as part of the preparations for the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Presented here are just a few of the events with which we will be involved.

Edinburgh Academics join independent Scottish Science Advisory Council

Prof Andrew Mount and Prof Susan Rosser from the College of Science and Engineering are set to form part of a revitalised Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC) to advise Scottish Ministers from 1 February.