Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion Meeting: Exoplanet Modelling in the era of JWST II: Terrestrial Planets and Subneptunes.   8 April, 2022 (online).  Info and abstract submission here

Rocky Worlds II, Oxford . , 4-8 July 2022. Info and registration here

CIDRE Summer School, Berkeley Earth's Evolution as an Inhabited World ,  20 June-15 July 2022. . Info here

Seminars and local events

  •      Hintze Lecture (TBA)     
  • Lobanov-Rostovsky Lecture (TBA) 

Recurring activities

  • Monday exoplanet coffee, and discussion of the week's Astro-ph. 10 AM, BIPAC seminar room DWB. Vox Charta link here
  • Planetary Climate Dynamcs Research Group Meeting, Simpkins Lee, Thursdays at 10 AM
  • Aigrain exoplanet observation group meeting
  • Irwin, radiative transfer and retrieval group meeting
  • Read, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics group meeting
  • Exoplanet Lunch, Fridays. Meet at 12:15 in front of DWB

Major Research Areas



Astronomical Instrumentation

For telescopes and Solar System missions


Solar System Exploration

Misson planning and data analysis

Trappist 1d

Atmospheric Modeling

Earth, Solar System planets and exoplanets


Early Earth

Climate modeling, Deep-time climate proxies and biogeochemical evolution

Featured Research


Irradiated Brown Dwarf Circulation

A really extreme planetary system

Graham Lee and co-workers, including fellow EXOCONDENSE team members Xianyu Tan, Mark Hammond and Shami Tsai, carry out the first 3D global circulation model of an irradiated brown dwarf. The brown dwarf is WD0137-349B, and is in a two-hour orbit about a white dwarf star with a photospheric temperature of 16,500K. The brown dwarf is very highly irradiated, giving it some characteristics similar to planets, and the high stellar temperature means that the UV irradiation is very intense.

Io Crust

Congratulations to Tim Lichtenberg!

Tim has received the Winton Award of the Royal Astronomical Society, for his work on planetary formatiion and composition, Congratulations Tim!