View the latest news from departments within the Faculty of Science below.
Dr Ranko Lazic has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for the 2017/18 academic year, to work on the Petri nets reachability conjecture.
Petri nets, also known as vector addition systems, are one of the most prominent models of concurrency, and their study is a vibrant research area. They have been used to discover bugs and eliminate vulnerabilities in network protocols, concurrent software, business processes, hardware circuits, and control systems.
Professor Artur Czumaj, head of the Foundations of Computer Science research group, has commented:
This prestigious fellowship will further strengthen the internationally leading research in theoretical computer science at Warwick, which recently has been also greatly boosted by the new permanent appointments of Dr Sayan Bhattacharya and Dr Dmitry Chistikov.
The Winton Group invests in Excellence at Warwick
One of the UKs most successful global investment managers, The Winton Group, has partnered with the University of Warwick to recognise the best in Computer Science, Statistics and Physics.
As part of a 5-year deal, Winton will support prizes for the very best students in Data Analytics, Computer Science, Statistics and Physics at Warwick.
Commenting on the new prizes, Professor Stephen Jarvis, Head of Computer Science at Warwick, said ‘This is a great opportunity for our brightest and best students. As well as the prize money, the winners will be able to meet with Winton’s representatives and get to know more about this highly successful business.’
Winton’s founder, David Harding, has been at the forefront of data-driven, systematic investment management for 30 years, and the business is renowned for its commitment to employing the brightest scientific minds to secure long term returns for their clients.
Winton is also well-known for its philanthropic commitments, supporting education and public engagement with science across many areas. In December 2016, the new Mathematics: The Winton Gallery opened at The Science Museum, funded by Winton Philanthropies. The gallery showcases the importance and relevance of Mathematics to our everyday existence, and is free to visit.
Professor Mark Steel, Head of Statistics at Warwick, commented: ‘We are delighted that Winton has recognised Warwick as a key partner for Statistics. The Mathematical Sciences as a whole underpin everything that modern society has been built on, and it is wonderful to be able to reward our best students in this way- our thanks to Winton for these prizes.’
Warwick has recently undertaken a commitment to grow the Mathematical Sciences by 40% in the next decade and is currently raising philanthropic support for a new building which will house some of the best researchers in this field.
2nd Year PhD Poster Presentations
Congratulations to Natalie Teutsch for winning first prize at the 2nd Year PhD Poster Presentations.
Second prize was shared by Alan Brunier and George King. Commendations to Phil Diggle, Enrik Nako and Matthew Green.
Professor Greg Challis wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry prize
Congratulations to Professor Greg Challis who is the Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Prize winner for 2017.
26 May 2017: Inaugural Elizabeth Creak Distinguished Guest Lecture on Food Security
On Friday 26 May Professor John A Pickett, from Rothamsted Research, will be coming to the School of Life Sciences to give the Inaugural Elizabeth Creak Distinguished Guest Lecture on Food Security. The title of his presentation is 'Global food security: removing production constraints with GM but learning from nature'.
The need further to intensify, in a sustainable way, global agriculture becomes ever more pressing. Our current tools mainly comprise seasonal inputs for dealing with constraints relating to crop protection and production but delivery of associated traits via seed, and other planting material, sets high demands often without obvious solutions. GM will need to play a major part certainly in dealing with constraints and because of the low impact on primary metabolic processes, secondary plant metabolism presents powerful new targets. By definition, the genetic apparatus for exploitation of these metabolites only requires identification and natural regulatory processes provide evidence of value already realised in some elements of biological control such as companion cropping. Synthetic biology can then extend these opportunities and will be exemplified for the isoprenoid pathway in plant defence and production.
The lecture will be in GLT1 13:00-14:00
Guest Lecture poster
For any queries, please contact the host Professor Murray Grant
Dr Peter Gammon and Dr Layi Alatise secure double awards.
Our Professor Theo Arvanitis, Chair in e-Health Innovation and Head of Research at our Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH), and his colleagues Omar Khan and Sarah Lim-Choi Keung, were part of the winning Warwick Research Team at the annual University of Warwick awards on Friday (12th May) night.
The winning team was made up of colleagues from WMG’s IDH, Warwick Medical School and Warwick Computer Science who are working alongside doctors at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and Tommy’s baby charity on the development of the Tommy’s National Miscarriage Research Centre.
“The work of the Warwick team is internationally recognised as pioneering and has already delivered new treatment options that are currently being tested in clinical trials. The new Tommy’s centre now enables 24,000 women per year to access treatment and support and participate in Tommy’s research studies. Tommy’s #misCOURAGE campaign continues to grow and resonate with women, attracting a UK and global audience. To date the campaign has reached over 16 million women on Facebook with 7 million of them watching the campaign film; 7,000 taking part in a miscarriage survey and over 1,000 women bravely sharing their personal #misCOURAGE story.”Prof Theo Arvanitis Retweeted Warwick InsiteWell done all for excellent work on Tommy's Research in Miscarriage @IDHwarwick we are proud to be part of the team & unit @TheoArvanitis
April 2017 Bill Gates praises University of Warwicks impact in fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases
The NTD Modelling Consortium, led by researchers from the University of Warwick's School of Life Sciences and the Warwick Mathematics Institute, has been praised by Bill Gates for their work in the fight against NTDs.