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Professor Stephen Serjeant

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of Astronomy
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Physical Sciences

Professional biography

  • Professor of Astronomy

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Publications (NASA ADS)


Research interests

For a list of my research interests, please visit my personal web pages

    Teaching interests

    Research Activity

    Research groups

    NameTypeParent Unit
    Astronomy Research GroupGroupFaculty of Science
    Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)CentreFaculty of Science


    Externally funded projects

    Ogden Science Officer / Citizen Science Research Fellow

    RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
    Lead01/Sep/201531/Aug/2018The Ogden Trust
    The Ogden Trust is providing matched funding to a maximum of £75k for 3 years for an 0.5 FTE outreach post, that we can add to the ASTERICS post and can therefore recruit a full-time postdoctoral research assistant.

    Astronomy ESFRI and Research Infrastructure Clusters

    RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
    Lead01/Sep/201531/Aug/2019EC (European Commission): FP(inc.Horizon2020, H2020, ERC)
    15 million euro response to INFRADEV-4 to support all major European research infrastructures in astronomy, in the ESFRI roadmap. The OU is leading the outreach work package, with a maximum value of approx. 0.5 million euro.

    Astronomy and Planetary Sciences at the Open University

    RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
    Co-investigator01/Apr/201431/Mar/2017STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council)
    The aim of our programme in Astronomy & Planetary Science at the Open University (APSOU) is to carryout detailed investigations of the origin and evolution of galaxies, stars and planets with a special emphasis on our own Solar System through a combination of observation, simulation, laboratory analysis and theoretical modelling. Our research is divided into two broad areas, reflecting the historical research strengths. This research programme is well-matched to both nationally- and internationally-agreed research imperatives. In its final report, A Science Vision for European Astronomy2, Astronet’s Science Working Group identified four broad areas of strategic importance; our research covers major topics within each of these areas. APSOU projects also map onto two of the four Science Challenges that form STFC’s Road Map3 for science (‘How did the universe begin and how is it evolving?’ and ‘How do stars and planetary systems develop and is life unique to our planet?’). The present APSOU programme comprises 20 projects (labelled A to T), of which 6 are for consideration by the Astronomy Observation (AO) panel, 1 for Astronomy Theory (AT), and 13 for the Planetary Studies (PL) panel. The AO projects cover the breadth of the 7 themes recognised as UK strengths in the report of STFC’s Astronomy Advisory Panel (AAP), whilst the 13 PL projects are directed towards answering questions raised in two of the three themes identified as UK strengths in the roadmap of STFC’s Solar System Advisory Panel (SSAP)4.

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