I am in my 8th year of study in Oxford, having started with a 4 year undergrad Masters in physics, before making a jump to the social sciences at the Oxford Internet Institute. I’m now working towards a DPhil and am interested in applying mathematical methods from physics to model and make predictions on social systems. In particular, I’m...
Understanding COVID-19 transmission, informing control
Tackling a previously unseen pathogen - like the one that causes COVID-19 - is like piecing together a puzzle. There are many different parameters to investigate before the pathogen can be fully understood, and before effective control measures can be put in place. So how do scientists go about solving the puzzle, and why is modelling so...
Our Research – Learning to Juggle Changes Brain Wiring
In ‘Our Research’, one of our team will provide a brief overview of their research and latest findings. First in this series, Prof Heidi Johansen-Berg will explain how learning to juggle can lead to changes in brain structure.
How do you survive the office Christmas party?
Everyone has a story about an office Christmas party that got a bit out of hand. In this episode of the Oxford Sparks Big Questions podcast we are getting festive and asking – how do you survive the office Christmas party?
We visited Professor Robin Dunbar, anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist in the Department of Experimental...
Find out about the Bang! science magazine, produced by members of the University
Bang! science is the termly magazine produced by students at the University of Oxford; produced by members of the University of Oxford, Bang! aims to make science stimulating, fun and accessible to everyone. With articles written on everything from the latest research into spider silk to the history of Islamic science, Bang! brings the...
Seabird monitoring - witnesses in the wild
Seabirds – including penguins – are amongst the most threatened animals on the planet. They are also very useful indicators of wider environmental change. But how do you effectively monitor species which live in hard-to-reach places, such as Antarctica? A team of scientists at the University of Oxford has come up with a...
What does Hollywood get right and wrong when science is in the storyline?
In this week’s episode of the Oxford Sparks Big Questions podcast we are diving into the world of TV and films and looking at what comes first: the science or the storyline?
We take a look at popular films including: Star Wars, The Martian, Gravity, Terminator, Chain Reaction as well as popular TV drama Mr Robot.
To help us find...
I was born in Shanghai, China. The majority of my school education took place during the infamous Cultural Revolution. There was no encouragement of academic achievement. Fortunately, the Cultural Revolution ended in 1976, when I was 16, and it became normal again for teenagers to study and apply for university places.
Information on games, trails, jokes and crafts from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History's Learning Zone
Here, you'll find all kinds of interactive activities provided by the Oxford Museum of Natural History:
Current exhibitions at the Pitt Rivers Museum
The Pitt-Rivers museum has a constantly evolving display of special exhibitions as they cycle through their vast archive of materials and find new, entertaining and informative ways of displaying their artefacts.
As well as this, they regularly have special events such as workshops where you can learn to make knives out of flint...