SEPnet-ASTRO SEPnet (South-East Physics network) is a collaboration of physics departments in the South-East of England dedicated to supporting and improving physics education, research, outreach and employability.In Phase 2 from 2013, the focus is on a Graduate Network.
SEPnet-Astro is a large collaboration of astrophysicists at the Universities of Hertfordshire, Kent, Oxford, Open University, 22Portsmouth, Queen Mary University of London, Southampton, Surrey and Sussex as well as the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
SEPnet-Astro exists to encourage and support coherent research across the South-East of England through the strategic investment in astronomy, astrophysics, space wcience and cosmology. Specifically, SEPnet-Astro has so far:
- hired six permanent astrophysicists within the member universities. The new posts are a major investment in astronomy across the region. The "SEPnet Lecturers" cover a variety of research topics but have been selected to complement our other investments in the region and work together as a team to consolidate astrophysics within the region.
- committed research funding to LOFAR-UK to facilitate the construction of new radio astronomy facilities in the South-East of England. This led to the location of a complete LOFAR radio station at the Chilbolton Observatory in 2010.
- developed and maintain significant computational resources for the SEPnet-Astro partners to (1) facilitate the analysis, transport and storage of data from the next generation of radio observatories and (2) support the interpretation of astrophysical phenomena through computer simulations.
SEPnet has a strong and innovative programme for physics education and outreach across the region. This includes the creation of new EuroMasters course and a new PhD Graduate School. We continue to exploit advances in video conferencing to share existing resources as well as develop new material for students.
If you have any comments regarding SEPnet-Astro, please contact Dr. David Bacon from Portsmouth who is the present Chair of the SEPnet-Astro Steering/Management Committee.
Or contact the Kent astrophysics group webmaster.