The Institute for Astronomy

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) is one of four major components of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh.

The IfA shares the historic and beautiful Royal Observatory Edinburgh (ROE) site on Blackford Hill with the UK Astronomical Technology Centre (UK ATC). This allows the astronomers within the University to work in close scientific collaboration with the STFC-funded scientists and instrument builders within the UK ATC.

As well as forming a major research area within the School of Physics and Astronomy, the IfA also undertakes a vigorous teaching programme at both undergraduate and post-graduate level, leading to BSc Hons, MPhys Hons and PhD degrees in Astrophysics.

The Head of the IfA is Professor Jim Dunlop. There are currently sixteen permanent academic staff, four visiting or emeritus staff, and a large number (roughly forty) of research and technical staff, as well as around thirty postgraduate research students. The research programmes pursued at the IfA are extremely varied, but the main strengths are in Cosmology, Active Galaxies and Quasars, Star Formation, Low Mass Stars, Protoplanetary systems, and project work in Survey Astronomy and e-Science undertaken by the Wide Field Astronomy Unit (WFAU).

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IfA webmasters:
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