A conversation for staff and students at Durham University - contributions welcome, opinions wanted.

Welcome to our latest issue of Dialogue magazine.

Did you know that bumblebees learn colour patterns to find their food fast? Or that we have played a key role in the development and engineering of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which has begun its journey to the stars? From understanding our familiar insect friends to studying the evolution of entire galaxies, you can read all about the fascinating work of our community in this latest edition of Dialogue.

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Dialogue highlights

Get involved with the Durham Energy Institute

Durham Energy Institute (DEI) is the hub for energy research and activity at Durham University. It unlocks research synergies between different disciplines and sectors to tackle the energy demands of the future. Producing world class research for understanding energy decarbonisation issues across science and society to deliver integrated solutions for the climate emergency.

League table displays our dedication to sustainability

We’re celebrating being ranked in the top 30 in the People and Planet Green League rankings 2021.

Discover my world

Ancient tower at Auckland Castle uncovered

A team from our Department of Archaeology, in partnership with archaeologists and volunteers from The Auckland Project, has been uncovering the secrets beneath the lawns of County Durham's Auckland Castle.

Bumblebees learn colour patterns to find food fast

Research involving our Department of Biosciences looked at how bees learn the colour patterns of flowers to find food.

Explore 'sustainability and society' with our Business School

Ever wondered how a city can be ‘smart’? Or what the real cost of keeping up with fashion is?

Take off for James Webb Space Telescope

We’ve played a key role in the development and engineering of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which has begun its journey to the stars.

Durham inspires

A greener campus for 2022

2021 was a year bursting with action and results for the Energy and Sustainability Team.

Taking on the challenge of climate change

We’re playing a pioneering role in helping cities respond to the challenges of climate change.

Curtain up on Durham Student Theatre for 2022

Our talented students celebrated the lifting of Covid restrictions with exciting returns to the stage after a challenging and frustrating two years.

Student Orchestra celebrates musical talents, past and present

Back in December, Durham University Palatinate Orchestra (DUPO) was able to celebrate their first large scale performance since Covid restrictions were lifted, with over 75 student members of the orchestra involved in a performance celebrating the centenary of alumna Ruth Gipps.


Professor Carlene Firmin gets the 'green light'

Professor Carlene Firmin, MBE, delivered her inaugural lecture in style with over 2,500 participants registering to watch online.

OBE for Advisory Board Chair and Professor in Practice

Durham Energy Institute (DEI) Advisory Board Chair and Professor in Practice Alan Lowdon has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for services to UK and US offshore wind collaboration.


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