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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

Read more at: Announcement: David Crighton Fellowships 2024

Announcement: David Crighton Fellowships 2024

The David Crighton Fund provides support for young scholars in the field of applied mathematics concerned with fluid mechanics, acoustics, waves, and vibration.  Four David Crighton Fellowships are being offered for research students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake a visit for two to three months' study and research either in Cambridge, if they are currently based outside Cambridge, or elsewhere, if they are currently based in Cambridge.  The award is to be used to cover actual travel and subsistence expenses up to a maximum of £4,000.


Read more at: Professor Douglas Gough FRS awarded 2024 Crafoord Prize in Astronomy

Professor Douglas Gough FRS awarded 2024 Crafoord Prize in Astronomy

Congratulations to Douglas Gough, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics in DAMTP and the IoA, on the award of the 2024 Crafoord Prize in Astronomy. The Crafoord Prize is among the world's most prestigious science prizes, and is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to honour achievements in disciplines chosen to complement the Nobel Prizes.



Read more at: Swarming cicadas, stock traders, and the wisdom of the crowd

Swarming cicadas, stock traders, and the wisdom of the crowd

Professor Ray Goldstein FRS, Professor Robert Jack and Dr Adriana Pesci have discovered that the springtime emergence of vast swarms of cicadas can be explained by a mathematical model of collective decision-making with similarities to models describing stock market crashes.


Read more at: Professor Tim Pedley FRS awarded 2024 Euromech Fluid Mechanics Prize

Professor Tim Pedley FRS awarded 2024 Euromech Fluid Mechanics Prize

Congratulations to Professor Tim Pedley, who has been awarded the 2024 Euromech Fluid Mechanics Prize by the European Mechanics Society. The prize is awarded in recognition of his outstanding contributions to fluid mechanics applied to biology and medicine.



Read more at: Centre for Climate Repair hosts events at COP28

Centre for Climate Repair hosts events at COP28

In December 2023 the Centre for Climate Repair, hosted in DAMTP, held a series of events at COP28. The sessions focused on engaging audiences to stimulate discussion and thought about other potential actions to tackle climate change which we might consider beyond emissions reductions.


Read more at: Professor Julia Gog OBE wins IMA Hedy Lamarr Prize 2023

Professor Julia Gog OBE wins IMA Hedy Lamarr Prize 2023

Congratulations to Professor Julia Gog who has been awarded the IMA Hedy Lamarr Prize for Knowledge Exchange in Mathematics and its Applications. The award recognises her exceptional contributions to outreach and raising public awareness, and her work during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Read more at: Dark energy could be measured by studying the galaxy next door

Dark energy could be measured by studying the galaxy next door

Researchers from DAMTP have found a potential new way to measure dark energy - the mysterious force that makes up more than two-thirds of the Universe and is responsible for its accelerating expansion - in our own cosmic backyard.



Talks in DAMTP

Cosmology Lunch

Geophysical and Environmental Processes

DAMTP Astrophysics Seminars

DAMTP Statistical Physics and Soft Matter Seminar

Probability

05
Mar
14:30 - 15:30: TBA
Number Theory Seminar