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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics is one of the largest and strongest of its kind in Europe. The Department currently hosts approximately 140 Academic and Research Staff and around 160 PhD students at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, a purpose-built complex in Wilberforce Road, Cambridge.

Research in DAMTP is loosely organised into eight broad subject areas: Applied and Computational Analysis, Astrophysics, Geophysics, Fluid and Solid Mechanics, Mathematical Biology, Quantum Information, High Energy Physics and General Relativity and Cosmology.  Many members of staff contribute to more than one area and this is regarded as a key factor in the continuing success of DAMTP. Research in each of the subject areas involves collaboration with strong groups nationally and internationally, and participation in numerous interdisciplinary projects and programmes.

News & Events

New Head of Department

Effective 1  January  2020, Professor Colm-cille Caulfield is the new Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, succeeding Prof Nigel Peake, who is now the Head of the School of Physical Sciences. More information is available in the Faculty Insight Feature and the Cambridge Perspectives Interview

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Helen Mason, OBE

Helen Mason OBE, joins Melvyn Bragg and guests on BBC Radio 4 ‘In our Time’ to discuss ‘Solar Winds’ the phenomenon behind the auroras at Earth’s poles, the stream of charged particles spreading out from the Sun to the border of the solar system.  Listen now by clicking on Solar Winds  and downloading the podcast.

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John Barrow

Congratulations to John Barrow who on the 18 December was appointed an Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences by Pope Francis, following election by the Academy members. The Pontifical Academy is the oldest (1603), and the only supra national Academy. It is open to scientists of any religious persuasion or none. http://

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Notice: David Crighton Fellowships 2020

Application details for the David Crighton Fellowships 2020 can now be found in in the vacancies section of the DAMTP website.  Please note that Fellowships may be used to support research visits by research students and recent PhDs.  Those based in Cambridge may visit a suitable institution elsewhere.  Those based elsewhere may visit a suitable department in Cambridge.

Applications and references should be received by the Head of Department’s Secretary by 29 February 2020.


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Talks in DAMTP

Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series

Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series

Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series

DAMTP Astro Lunch

DAMTP Statistical Physics and Soft Matter Seminar

13:30 - 15:00: TBC
Causal Inference Reading Group