Meeting of minds

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Today I am at the Royal Society HQ to sit on the science working group for the forthcoming “Meeting of Minds” fellows’ conference. We have around 200 fantastic abstracts to mull over, so it could be a long and fascinating day!

Hubble for Christmas

One of my favourite twitter accounts is Hubble Live, which tells you in real time the observations that the Hubble Space Telescope is taking, and who they are for. We received a nice tweet on Dec 28th:

informing us that Hubble was busy collecting photons for our QSAGE project, which is led by my colleague Rich Bielby at Durham. A nice belated Christmas present for the QSAGE team!

VoT clips now on YouTube

Sequences rendered by Jim Geach and I for the IMAX feature Voyage of Time, using HPC facilities at LJMU and the University of Hertfordshire, are now publicly available via the IMAX YouTube channel:


In these, Jim and I discuss simulations of galaxy formation, including the EAGLE simulations (see also on ADS) and exploding stars. We’ve also rendered a simulation of the formation of the first stars in the Universe, which is discussed by Prof. Volker Bromm of the University of Texas:

Voyage of Time premiered

voyage_of_time_black_hole_780x400Voyage of Time premiered over the weekend, and goes on general release this Friday. The accompanying website is now live, with lots of interesting materials to look over. The story of my involvement, and that of fellow Royal Society URF Jim Geach, was covered by LJMU in a news story on the university’s front page.

Educational segments about sequences shown in the film are now also online and available to view here.

The changing face of galaxies

The summer of 2016 was nicely rounded off with a visit to Tasmania, for the CAASTRO conference “The changing face of galaxies“, where I gave a review of the current state of simulations of the galaxy population. It was great to catch up with a lot of old friends and colleagues, and I came away with a lot of new ideas. I was also left in no doubt that galaxy mapping is going irreversibly in the direction of integral field surveys – adding a new dimension of overlap with numerical simulations. No bad thing. Thanks to Michael Brown for the photo! Screen Shot 2016-09-30 at 15.26.06