News archive 2020
Experts from the University of Exeter are leading an innovative, free online course to explore the pivotal role that critical raw materials can play in sustainable, green technology.
Human-induced climate change promotes the conditions on which wildfires depend, increasing their likelihood - according to a review of research on global climate change and wildfire risk published today.
A new technique to study the properties of molecules and materials on a quantum simulator has been discovered.
Cutting emissions of particular gases could improve conditions for plants, allowing them to grow faster and capture more carbon, new research suggests.
A project exploring how carbon capture and storage can help limit global warming to a 1.5°C temperature rise has received philanthropic funding from American organisation, One Earth.
Distinguished guests have gathered to participate in a special ceremony, to mark the handover of a new building that will house the University of Exeter’s pioneering VSimulators experimental facility.
One of South America’s most prominent volcanoes is producing early signals of potential instability, new research has shown.
Rapid Arctic warming has not led to a “wavier” jet stream around the mid-latitudes in recent decades, pioneering new research has shown.
Students raise more than £4,500 for charity, before reclaiming historic trophy.
Subjects across the Arts and Sciences at the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the very best worldwide, in the latest influential global league table.
Professor Zhongdong Wang has been appointed as the new Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean at the University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.
Exeter’s Ocean Technology Group selected to receive Scottish Government support for Floating Offshore Wind innovation
An engineering research team at the University of Exeter’s Offshore Renewable Energy Group will carry out research into innovative mooring systems for floating offshore wind energy applications.
A rising research star at the University of Exeter has received a prestigious national award, it has been announced.
One of the UK’s foremost mechanical engineers, Steve Austen, has been appointed as an Associate Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter.
Jim Sibson of Babcock International Group Appointed as Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Exeter
The University of Exeter has appointed Jim Sibson as an Honorary Associate Professor.
The agave plant - which is used to make tequila – could be the key ingredient to unlocking a new way of producing environmentally-friendly transport fuel and hand sanitizer, new research has found.
Academics and technical staff at the University of Exeter have united to send thousands of items of protective equipment to the frontline
Two University of Exeter Degree Apprentices have been nominated for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Apprentice of the Year award.
A spin-out company focussed on driving environmental sustainability in the mining and raw materials sector, founded by experts from the University of Exeter, has secured investment to help develop the business.
A crucial new project, designed to reveal the potentially devastating health impacts of air pollution on individuals, depending on their local environment, has received significant funding.
Research project to evaluate impact of COVID-19 quarantine restrictions receives substantial funding
A new project to predict the spread of COVID-19, and evaluate the impact of quarantine restrictions, has received a substantial research grant.
A consortium featuring the University of Exeter has been awarded £3.7m in funding to develop a suite of postgraduate conversion courses in AI and data science.
The University of Exeter has appointed Jake Rigby, Research and Development lead at one of the world’s leading engineering, science and technology consultancy firms BMT, as an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering.
Researchers from the University of Exeter and the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula (PenARC), in partnership with the NHS, have developed a crucial new tool to ensure health trusts maintain sufficient levels of life-saving equipment and bed spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A University of Exeter postgraduate researcher and teaching assistant has made an extraordinary donation of 3000 facemasks to help Hospiscare doctors and nurses in Devon provide compassionate end of life care during the coronavirus crisis.
A pan-European interdisciplinary team won a prestigious international competition, to develop pioneering new solutions to aid the recovery from pandemics such as COVID-19.
Volunteers from the University of Exeter have teamed up with the local community to build thousands of disposable face shields, to help protect frontline NHS workers during the COVID-19 epidemic.
A pivotal new project, involving Renewable Energy experts from the University of Exeter, has been launched to pioneer new initiatives for greener home heating.
Scientists have pioneered a new technique to expose hidden biochemical pathways involving single molecules at the nanoscale.
The COVID-19 global lockdown has had an “extreme” effect on daily carbon emissions, but it is unlikely to last – according to a new analysis by an international team of scientists.
Partnership receives funding boost to develop AI to meet equipment supply and demand in Covid-19 pandemic
A partnership between the University of Exeter and Applegate has secured a significant funding boost to help develop new, cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence technology to help match supply and demand for vital health equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Two prestigious Athena SWAN awards have just been granted to three University of Exeter departments to recognise their commitment to gender equality.
The University of Exeter has been awarded a grant of more than £1 million to create a new research hub to boost diagnosing and managing some of the world’s most debilitating long-term health conditions and antimicrobial infections.
Over 100 marine tech businesses joined a Marine-i online event on the plans for deployment of industrial scale Floating Wind turbines in the Celtic Sea and to explore the supply chain opportunities that this will bring.
The University of Exeter will play a pivotal role in a pioneering project designed to develop the UK’s first fully electric-powered domestic ferry.
Exeter one of eight UK green energy innovators to secure major collaboration to supply world’s fastest growing offshore and renewable energy markets
The University of Exeter is part of a pivotal new research partnership to develop the next generation of marine renewables.
Scientists have expanded our understanding of potentially habitable planets orbiting distant stars by including a critical climate component – the presence of airborne dust.
Warm and sunny springs – like the one just seen in the UK – can create conditions that pave the way for severe summer droughts, a new study has shown.
Half of the world’s population is exposed to increasing air pollution, new research has shown.
Experts from the University of Exeter will play a crucial role in a new pan-European initiative to develop new techniques to turn wastewater into a valuable resource.
David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, is headlining an online panel discussion that is examining the impacts of COVID-19 on developing countries.
The University of Exeter and Supacat pioneer ‘off-road’ electric and ‘optionally manned’ autonomous vehicle
Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering production method for heterostructure devices, based on 2D materials such as graphene.
Two Exeter climate scientists have received prestigious awards from the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS).
A University of Exeter researcher has been named as one of the Women’s Engineering Society’s Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability.
A pioneering new project to develop revolutionary new energy saving windows and facades has received a significant funding boost.
Astronomers have made the first measurement of spin-orbit alignment for a distant ‘super-Jupiter’ planet.
Marine-i will stage a special online event on 6th July titled: “Celtic Sea Floating Offshore Wind – An Industrial Response to Supply Chain Opportunity”.
Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation.
The University of Exeter’s 3D printers have been used as part of a city-wide effort to produce thousands of items of PPE for key workers.
A new technique could help reduce antibiotic prescribing by predicting which drugs could be effective in fighting bacteria within minutes.
Scientists have pioneered a new technique to produce arrays of sound produced entirely by heat.
Scientists have made a pivotal breakthrough in the important, emerging field of spintronics – which could lead to a new high speed energy efficient data technology.
An innovative collaboration between the University of Exeter and Babcock International, designed to give students unparalleled industry experience, has proved a resounding success.
Project to enhance climate hazard resilience and related disease prevention in Africa receives funding boost
Experts from the University of Exeter will lead a pioneering project to design digital innovations to help communities across Africa become more resilient to climate hazards and prevent outbreaks of associated diseases.
Coconut oil production may be more damaging to the environment than palm oil, researchers say.
University of Exeter collaboration shortlisted for prestigious national KTP ‘Best of the Best’ Awards
A ground-breaking collaboration, between experts from the University of Exeter and Supacat Ltd, to spearhead a green revolution in defence and off-highway transport has been short-listed for a prestigious national award.
Cornish residents have played an integral role in a breath-taking new project that has given an unusual twist to the traditional way of creating landscape paintings.
Business consultant and author Sadie Sharp is working with 100 scientists, the majority female, to help them build their confidence in a male-dominated sector.
A new initiative designed to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges has been announced.
Professor Isabelle Baraffe, a leading expert in astrophysics research, has been awarded a prestigious international science prize.
Clean-up devices that collect waste from the ocean surface won't solve the plastic pollution problem, a new study shows.
Two "outstanding" University of Exeter staff have won prestigious National Teaching Fellowships.
Geologists have developed a machine learning technique that highlights the potential for further deposits of the critical metal tungsten in SW England.
Plans to build floating windfarms in the Celtic Sea to generate clean power and create thousands of green jobs have taken a major step forward after being shortlisted by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
One of the University of Exeter’s rising research stars has been awarded a prestigious Engineering Research Fellowship, it has been announced.
Experts from the University of Exeter’s Centre for Water Systems (CWS), have received a prestigious award for their exceptional engineering achievements in tackling COVID-19.
Research published this week in Earth System Dynamics reports that the most sensitive climate models overestimate global warming during the last 50 years.
A University of Exeter physicist has earned a University Research Fellowship (URF) from the Royal Society.
A global summit which aims to boost effective collaboration between experts working in Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being organised by academics at the University of Exeter.
Pioneering new research has revealed the first direct evidence that groups of stars can tear apart their planet-forming disc, leaving it warped and with tilted rings.
The Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence has appointed its inaugural leadership team.
Pioneering new analysis of deep-sea sediments has revealed the climatic changes over the last 66 million years of Earth’s history - which can be studied like a ‘colourful barcode’.
A platform designed to aid in the building and launching of floating wind turbines is being researched and tested with support from Marine-i.
Scientists have discovered an elegant way of manipulating light using a “synthetic” Lorentz force — which in nature is responsible for many fascinating phenomena including the Aurora Borealis.
Current global pledges to tackle climate change are the equivalent of declaring a pandemic without a plan for social distancing, researchers say.
An innovative University of Exeter spin-out company, which uses sophisticated mathematical modelling to help develop treatment plans for patients with epilepsy, has won a prestigious national award.
Pioneering new research has helped geologists solve a long-standing puzzle that could help pinpoint new, untapped concentrations of some the most valuable rare earth deposits.
Mathematicians from the University of Exeter will play a pivotal role in a new collaborative research project to help enhance our understanding of climate tipping points.
Professor Roy Sambles FRS has received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, announced today.
The University of Exeter, working with Petroc College and the Association of Colleges and supported by City and Guilds, have produced an online tool for forecasting the spread of Covid-19 in colleges and helping to keep buildings open for as many students as possible.
The UK’s first fully electric powered sea-going ferry, designed and developed by consortium of engineering experts and businesses including the University of Exeter, has been revealed.
One of the University of Exeter’s most prominent astrophysics experts has received a prestigious national fellowship, it has been announced.
New research suggests an algorithm could be used to help optimise the sharing of healthcare resources during the Covid-19 pandemic, preventing NHS intensive care units (ICU) from becoming overwhelmed.
A new four-year project ‘GREENPEG’ has received a grant of €8.3 million from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to develop new techniques to explore for pegmatite rocks containing lithium and other green technology metals.
This summer, thirty students from the Natural Sciences cohort volunteered to work and contribute to a variety of projects. These projects aimed to create useful resources and information for the returning and incoming students, as well as maintaining Natural Science’s sense of community by keeping people connected over the very unusual summer months.
A world-leading climate scientist from the University of Exeter has received a prestigious award in recognition of his pioneering and innovative research.
Two innovative student-led projects, to create a washing machine filter that breaks down plastic microfibres and bring sustainable biofuel to remote communities in Africa, have secured a double success in a prestigious national competition.
The main parasite that causes malaria can alter its gene expression to survive undetected in the human blood stream, new research has shown.
Global warming of 2°C would lead to about 230 billion tonnes of carbon being released from the world's soil, new research suggests.
The University of Exeter will play a pivotal part in a new project, which will use Artificial Intelligence to boost Devon’s economic recovery and help the environment.
A University of Exeter academic is set to receive a share of £10 million pounds of funding for a six-year European research project, looking at designing the next generation of intelligent urban drinking water systems.
New technique could revolutionise accuracy and ease detection of biomechanical alterations of cells and tissues
Scientists have developed an optical elastography technique that could revolutionise the accuracy and ease to which health professionals can detect biomechanical alterations of cells and tissues.
A project that will use cutting-edge technology to develop safe and comfortable footwear for active older people has received a grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
The University of Exeter will lead a pioneering new research centre, designed to revolutionize how crucial metals are extracted, used and reused in clean and digital technologies across the UK.
University of Exeter and Medicines Discovery Catapult combine to industrialise academic medicines research
Today (November 12th 2020) the University of Exeter and Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) announce their strategic partnership to accelerate medicines Research & Development (R&D), creating value for the sector and enhancing translational skills.
Leading academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.
A team of University of Exeter students are using genetically engineered bacteria to produce a material that could help repair degraded coral reefs.
A pioneering project involving the University of Exeter, which is seeking to develop the next generation of offshore renewable energy leads has been nominated for a prestigious award.
Renewable Energy expert to pioneer new station-keeping systems for marine renewable energy devices (MRE).
A leading Renewable Energy expert from the University of Exeter has received a prestigious visiting scientist funding, to develop new station-keeping systems for marine renewable energy devices (MRE).
An innovative hip stem developed in Exeter 50 years ago today has now been implanted in more than two million patients across the globe
Build Solar has won funding to explore whether their technology could be used extensively across UK rail networks in order to harvest solar energy at scale.
Professor Zhongdong Wang has been named a Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
An innovative project involving the University of Exeter, which is seeking to develop the next generation of offshore renewable energy leads, secured two awards at a recent ceremony.
A lack of data on the environmental and social impacts of vegetable oil crops stands in the way of informed discussions about their relative sustainability, according to a new study by members of the IUCN’s Palm Oil Task Force.
The quest to discover pioneering new ways in which to manipulate how light travels through electromagnetic materials has taken a new, unusual twist.
One of the University of Exeter’s most distinguished astrophysics researchers has received a significant funding boost from the European Research Council (ERC), it has been announced.
Budding astronomers will be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a truly special celestial event in the run-in to Christmas.
Support from Marine-i is enabling Falco Drone Technologies to develop a pioneering new drone which could play a vital role in the inspection and maintenance of floating offshore wind installations. A prototype of their innovative design will commence trials in summer 2021.
The global COVID-19 lockdowns caused fossil carbon dioxide emissions to decline by an estimated 2.4 billion tonnes in 2020 – a record drop according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA), University of Exeter and the Global Carbon Project.
UK heat pump targets will become more achievable with the development of an exciting new course by the University of Exeter in response to a national scarcity of suitable qualifications at this level.
The key challenges, priorities and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues will be showcased at a special event this week.
A team of scientists have solved the longstanding problem of how electrons move together as a group inside cylindrical nanoparticles.