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Analysis of rocks in the Outer Hebrides by University of Aberdeen Geologists has provided a tantalising clue that Mars may contain habitats which can potentially support life. As preparations continue at NASA for a mission to Mars in 2018, researchers studying rocks on Barra and the Uists have demonstrated that hydrogen – which is essential for life – is formed by earthquakes. On Mars there are ‘Marsquakes’ which may produce hydrogen in the same way.

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Technologies that could play a part in the future of the UK oil and gas industry will be showcased at next year's OCEANS 2017 conference in Aberdeen. The event, which will be held from June 19 – 22, is recognised as the premier forum for the international marine community to present new technologies and discuss their work.

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Dr Stephen Bowden from the University of Aberdeen's Geology Department is among a team of 31 researchers from the International Ocean Discovery Programme (IODP) who will sail on board the D/V Chikyu research vessel to the Nankai Trough, off the coast of Japan to discover how far beneath the Earth life can survive. The team will drill deep beneath the seafloor, where layers of sediment and rock reach temperatures of 130°C, to collect core samples that will be flown by helicopter to an onshore lab. The expedition, which gets underway next week, has been compared to a space mission in terms of its complexity.

Find out more at: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/9928/
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MSc Oil and Gas Enterprise Management degree. A true example of multi-discipline learning.
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Congratulations to our Public Engagement teams.
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The University of Aberdeen is proud to be the sponsor of the Engineer Award at the 2016 Young Professionals Green Energy Awards. The award will be presented to a young professional who has shown an outstanding design, solution or other engineering achievement. We would like to wish all those shortlisted our very best wishes ahead of Thursday's ceremony.

Find out more about the awards at: https://www.scottishrenewables.com/events/young-professionals-green-energy-awards-2016/
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Aberdeen Geography student Natalie McWilliams has made windsurfing history by becoming the first female to claim the title of Scottish Windsurf Champion. As well as claiming the overall title, Natalie also won the 1st Lady title and took first place in the RS:X category. We're all really proud of you Natalie!

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Professors David Lusseau & John Paterson and Dr. Richard Neilson ask the question "Is it really best for the environment to remove all traces of oil and gas production in the North Sea?"

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Olamide Ajala, a research student working towards a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, talks about being a woman in a traditionally male field. http://ow.ly/Ou7l301yfxx
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CO2 turned into stone in Iceland in climate change breakthrough http://ow.ly/7pxB501esSl
Radical new technique promises a cheaper and more secure method of burying CO2 emissions underground instead of storing it as a gas
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Ana Maria Ciocarlan, a final year Computing Science student, was among those to receive the University of Aberdeen's top student award recently. The Quincentenary Prize which was established to mark the University’s 500th anniversary and recognises the exceptional efforts and talents of students.

Ana based her final year project on supporting self-reporting of colorectal cancer in collaboration with the University’s Medical School. Described by nominators Professor Judith Masthoff and Professor Jan Skakle from the School of Natural and Computing Science as “a truly exceptional student”, Ana has complimented her academic studies with a wide range of community engagement activities – including collaborating with Robert Gordon University and Aberdeen City Council on improving park culture and promoting community events in parks.
She has also been Involved in variety of University initiatives including Power Shift and Carbon School – schemes that encourage and support local charities to reduce their carbon footprints and energy bills. Ana also helped setup Swap Shop and the Food Corner – the student food co-operative. As well as working as an intern at the university and teaching undergraduate computing courses, Ana has served as Vice-President for Employability in Aberdeen University Student Association.

Read more at: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/9278/
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The University of Aberdeen is hosting a major international conference on seismic imaging that will open in Aviemore this weekend.

Seismix 2016 will see seismologists from around the world gather at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort to take part in the five-day event, which will include presentations and lectures from leading experts in the field.
With a total of 150 delegates, it will be the largest ever gathering of the biennial symposium, which was first held in the US over 30 years ago.

Find out more: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/9168/
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Introduction
Established in 2003 following a re-organisation of the University's academic structure, the College of Physical Sciences is based in the heart of King's College campus in Old Aberdeen, one of the most historical parts of the City of Aberdeen. The College has a clear vision to provide academically challenging programmes of study for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students and to lead the field in cutting edge research activities.

There is a long history of interdisciplinary co-operation on research with colleagues in other parts of the University and with partners in a wide range of prestigious Institutions, both in the UK and overseas.

The College comprises 3 Schools, covering teaching and research areas across a number of subject areas:
  • Archaeology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science
  • Engineering (School)
  • Geography & Environment
  • Geology & Petroleum Geology
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics
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+44 (0)1224 272081, physicalsciences@abdn.ac.uk
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The College of Physical Sciences Fraser Noble Building King's College Aberdeen AB24 3UE