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New RAS Winton Capital Awards for 2010

winton_logo_block.jpgRASlogoold.JPGFollowing an agreement with Winton Capital Management, two new awards, of £1,000 each, have been created to recognise the achievements and encourage the career development of outstanding PDRAs in astronomy and geophysics during their first five years after completing a PhD.

The awards  will complement the existing Thesis and Fowler Prizes which target respectively new PhDs and early career scientists. For the 2010 awards appropriately qualified candidates nominated for a Fowler prize will also be considered for the RAS Winton Capital Awards.

Winton Capital Management, founded in 1997, is a leading European alternative investment management company employing nearly 100 researchers/scientists (including those with post graduate qualifications in astrophysics and other branches of physics) in London, Oxford and Cambridge. The firm's investment decisions are systematic and based on mathematical algorithms derived from research into the statistical properties of market behaviour. Winton Capital has endowed in perpetuity a chair at Cambridge University where David Spiegelhalter is the first Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk.

Welcoming the generous sponsorship which has made the new awards possible the President of the RAS, Professor Andy Fabian, said ' The majority of astronomy PhDs go on to work outside academe, many in industry leading companies like Winton Capital which appreciate the skills they bring to the wider economy '. David Harding, founder of Winton Capital, commented ' The RAS Winton Capital Awards are intended to help foster the careers of researchers, the best of whom share a common talent in developing innovative solutions to complex problems'.
The rubric for the awards is as follows:

'The Winton Capital prize for research by a Post Doctoral Fellow in a UK institution  in astronomy whose career has shown the most promising development. At the time of nomination candidates, in normal circumstances, should have completed their PhD no more than 5 years previously'
' The Winton Capital prize for research by a Post Doctoral Fellow in a UK institution  in geophysics  whose career has  shown the most promising development. At the time of nomination candidates, in normal circumstances, should have completed their PhD no more than 5 years previously'