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The latest on Active Galactic Nuclei

Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) are fuelled by super-massive black holes residing in their centres, making them the most luminous (now extinct) galaxies in the universe. As part of her PhD thesis, Beatriz Villarroel has studied neighbours to two major types of AGN, to gain more insight into similarities and differences between theses types. According to a geometrical unification theory dating back to the 1980s, these two types are intrinsically similar objects, observed from different viewing angles (Type-1: pole-on; Type-2: edge-on). The present work identifies systematic differences in neighbours to Type-1 and Type-2 AGN, clearly showing that there are environmental (thus likely evolutionary) circumstances that influence the appearance of the AGN phenomenon.

Sök senast 15 april

Sista ansökningsdag till höstens utbildningar är 15 april. Du gör din ansökan på

Efter 15 april stänger anmälan till Uppsala universitets utbildningar. 15 juli öppnar sen anmälan,
men bara för program och kurser där det kan finnas platser kvar.

ESA's billion-star Galactic Surveyor 'Gaia' successfully launched

After seven years of preparation, the ESA cornerstone mission Gaia was successfully launched from French Guyana at 1012 h (CET) on the 19th of December. It is now on its way to Lagrange point 2, 1.5 million kilometers outside Earth's orbit.

Several scientists from the Department of Physics and Astronomy have had active roles in the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC), a team of some 400 scientists around Europe which has prepared the software side of the mission. Soon, this software will be put to the test on actual Gaia data. This moment is of course anxiously awaited.

Colloquium Nobel Prize in Physics


Today at 15:15
in Siegbahnsalen

is presented by Gunnar Ingelman

Division for Molecular and Condensed matter physics announces seven PhD positions

Applications are submitted through the university registration system found via the following link:

Announcement at Uppsala University web server.

  • Application deadline: May 5, 2013
  • Starting date: July 7, 2013 or according to aggrement.

New PhD positions in Astronomy and Space Physics

The Division for Astronomy & Space Physics and the Uppsala branch of the Swedish Institute for Space Physics announce new PhD positions, see respectively
Application deadlines: May 15, 2013.

Haxpes 2013 - Welcome to the 5th International conference on hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

Welcome to the 5th International conference on hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Uppsala, Sweden, June 17-20, 2013

Hard X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy - HAXPES - is a growing technique to study bulk electron structure of materials.

HAXPES 2013 is the fifth conference in a series of workshops that have grown rapidly with the years.

Welcome to Uppsala in June!

January 15, 2013: Registration open

Three Postdoctoral positions in physics or astronomy

Recruitment Period: The period of employment is 2 years. Starting date February 1st, 2013 or later as agreed upon.

Application no later than 2012-12-10.

More information:

Application Form:

Astronomins Dag och Natt, October 13

Don't miss the first-ever Day and Night of Astronomy in Sweden, with events throughout the country. See for more details.

In Uppsala, there will be observations of the Sun (1300-1500 h) and other celestial objects (1900-2300 h) at the Old Observatory. Next door, at Ekonomikum we will have the pleasure of listening to talks by professional astronomers (1900 - 2200 h, lecture hall 3, in Swedish).

Here is a flyer for the events in Uppsala. Welcome!