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Organisation profile

Organisation profile

We are committed to pursuing leading-edge research programmes in the observation and modelling of astronomical objects. These programmes will be aligned with the priorities set out by our funding agencies, including the PPARC and European Community, and with the University's strategy for research excellence.

The Centre concentrates on the study of the local universe, which can be defined as our Galaxy and other nearby galaxies. However the Centre continues to re-align its activities to take account of the rapid improvements in astronomical facilities. Although the Centre undertakes sophisticated computer modelling of astronomical objects, most members consider themselves to be observationally-driven astronomers. This is reflected in their extensive use of front-rank UK and international observing facilities. Additionally the Centre is providing purpose built astronomical instumentation to address currently important astronomical research themes. The Centre actively seeks to use its expertise in other areas and has links with local industry and leading UK and international research laboratories via research contracts, studentships and testing programmes.

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    Research Output

    Chemistry in carbon-rich protoplanetary disks: Effect of carbon grain destruction

    Wei, C. E., Nomura, H., Lee, J. E., Ip, W. H., Walsh, C. & Millar, T. J., 13 Jan 2020, In : Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union. p. 289-290 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Chromospheric emission of solar-type stars with asteroseismic ages

    Booth, R. S., Poppenhaeger, K., Watson, C. A., Silva Aguirre, V., Stello, D. & Bruntt, H., 01 Jan 2020, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 491, 1, p. 455-467

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 22 Downloads (Pure)

    LSQ13ddu: a rapidly evolving stripped-envelope supernova with early circumstellar interaction signatures

    Clark, P., Maguire, K., Inserra, C., Prentice, S., Smartt, S. J., Contreras, C., Hossenizadeh, G., Hsiao, E. Y., Kankare, E., Kasliwal, M., Nugent, P., Shahbandeh, M., Baltay, C., Rabinowitz, D., Arcavi, I., Ashall, C., Burns, C. R., Callis, E., Chen, T-W., Diamond, T. & 13 others, Fraser, M., Howell, D. A., Karamehmetoglu, E., Kotak, R., Lyman, J., Morrell, N., Phillips, M., Pignata, G., Pursiainen, M., Sollerman, J., Stritzinger, M., Sullivan, M. & Young, D., 01 Feb 2020, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 492, 2, p. 2208-2228

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 17 Downloads (Pure)


    European Research Council Advanced Grant

    Stephen Smartt (Recipient), 04 Jan 2012

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    European Young Investigator Award (EURYI)

    Stephen Smartt (Recipient), 04 Jan 2005

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Member of the Royal Irish Academy

    Tom Millar (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Election to learned society


    IAU Symposium on "Massive stars near and far"

    Stephen Smartt (Invited speaker)
    18 May 202022 May 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Invited seminar at the University of Amsterdam

    Stephen Smartt (Invited speaker)
    22 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    "What a wonderful world" symposium

    Stephen Smartt (Invited speaker)
    21 Jul 202022 Jul 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Interview on BBC Newsline on QUB school experience research experience

    Stephen Smartt


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Researchers Crack Mystery of Sun’s Magnetic Waves

    David Jess


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


    Engaging the Public in Science and Increasing Awareness of Physics and Astronomy

    Alan Fitzsimmons (Participant), Samuel Duddy (Participant), Henry Hsieh (Participant), Stephen Smartt (Participant), Stephen Lowry (Participant), Heather Cegla (Participant), Sergiy Shelyag (Participant), Victoria Moulds (Participant), Michail Mathioudakis (Participant), Don Pollacco (Participant), John Burton (Participant), Christopher Watson (Participant)

    Impact: Societial Impact