This is the latest news from CSEC.

On 17th April 2023, we reinstated and celebrated our annual Erskine Williamson Day, after a three-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A series of talks was given by CSEC staff, postdocs and students from the Schools of Chemistry, Engineering, GeoSciences, and Physics and Astronomy.

Congratulations to Dr Dominique Laniel on being awarded a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowship.

The Conference on Science at Extreme Conditions, CSEC-2021, was held online from 26 to 30 July 2021. It was organised in cooperation between CSEC researchers and the Institute of Physics (IOP).

Congratulations to Dr Stewart McWilliams who has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant.

The grant will support his research in Transport in the Interior of the Earth from Modelling and Experiments.

Congratulations to Dr Miriam Peña-Alvarez on being awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship.

On 29th May 2018 we celebrated our annual Erskine Williamson Day and the 30th Anniversary of the Paris-Edinburgh Cell with a series of talks from CSEC staff and postdocs as well as invited speakers: Stefan Klotz (Paris), Livia Bove (EPFL), Yann le Godec (Paris), Laura Spagnolo (Glasgow) and Craig

On 3rd May 2016 we celebrated our annual Erskine Williamson Day with a series of talks from CSEC staff, postdocs and students as well as invited speakers.
Prof. Konstantin Kamenev was elected the Chairman of European High-Pressure Research Group

We congratulate Dr Louise Horsfall who has won the University of Edinburgh Chancellor’s Rising Star Award for 2015. 

Congratulations to Dr Ross Howie on winning the Jamieson Award of AIRAPT (International Association for the Advancement of High Pressure Science and Technology).

Congratulations to Dr Tetsuya Komabayashi who has been awarded a five-year ERC Consolidator Grant entitled "Exploring Thermodynamic Properties of Earth's Core-Forming Materials"


Congratulations to Professors Charles Cockell, David Gray and Hugh McCann who have been elected FRSEs.


Prof. Charles Cockell is Professor of Astrobiology in CSEC and the School of Physics and Astronomy. 

Chrystele Sanloup is a Visiting Professor, Malcolm Guthrie is an Honorary Fellow, and Andrew Harrison is an Honorary Professorial Fellow.


Chrystele Sanloup was an ERC Fellow in CSEC, and she has recently moved to a Professorship at the Universite P. et M. Curie in Paris. 

CSEC would like to congratulate Professor Paul Attfield on his election as a Fellow to the Royal Society (FRS). 


CSEC is pleased to announce that Malcolm McMahon, Professor of High Pressure Physics, has been elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 

Congratulations on behalf of CSEC to Andrew who has just been announced as the new CEO of Diamond starting in 2014, see;


Dr Geoff Bromiley has been elected a Young Academy member of the prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Dr Konstantin Kamenev has been elected a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Two CSEC members from the School of Physics - Dr Chris Stock and Dr Ingo Loa - have been awarded prestigious Chancellor's Fellowships. Ingo Loa has been also appointed to a Readership.

Dr Stephen Moggach wins the 2012 European High-Pressure Research Group Award for his work on metal-organic frameworks. The prize was presented at the 50th EHPRG meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece.

EPSRC Leadership Fellowship for Dr Eugene Gregoryanz (July 2011). Eugene Gregoryanz has been awarded a 5-year EPSRC Leadership Fellowship for a programme of research on 'Synthesis and Studies of Novel States of Matter at

ERC Starting Grant for Dr Chrystele Sanloup (June 2011). Chrystele Sanloup been awarded a 5-year European Research Council Starting Grant for a programme of research on 'Magmas at Depth: an Experimental Study at Extreme C

Edinburgh International Science Festival – Putting Materials Under Pressure (April 2010). Following the success of the public lecture given by Dr. Jenny Rodgers and Prof.

Blue Skies and Fruit Pies (February 2010). CSEC held the event organised by Dr. Jenny Rodgers and Prof.

Dr. Olga Degtyareva is awarded a diploma for the best presentation among young scientists at the XI International Conference on Hydrogen Materials Science & Chemistry of Carbon Nanomaterials, Yalta, Ukraine (August 2009).

Prof. Paul Attfield is the new Director of CSEC (June 2008). Prof. J. Paul Attfield has been appointed Director of CSEC from June 2008.

CSEC collaborator gets the Royal Society recognition (May 2008). CSEC'c long standing collaborator Dr.

CSEC produces first Diamond publication (October 2007). Structural study of sodium conducted by CSEC team resulted in the the first paper published on research carried out at Diamond synchrotron [M. I. McMahon, E.

CSEC PhD student receives the J. C. Jamieson award (June 2006). School of Physics and Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions PhD student Lars F. Lundegaard has been awarded the 2006 J.C.

Two CSEC members have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (March 2006). Prof. Paul Madden (Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of CSEC) and Prof.

A 1000 tonne press was installed in the School of Chemistry (February 2006). Multianvil and piston cylinder sample modules will be used for high pressure and temperature materials synthesis.  

CSEC team will study the effect of pressure on single molecule magnets (August 2005). The group lead by Dr. Simon Parsons joint with Dr. D. R. Allan, Prof. A. Harrison, Dr. E. Brechin (School of Chemistry) and Dr. K.

Prof. Paul Madden appointed the new CSEC Director (May 2005). Prof. Andrew Harrison has decided to step down as Director of CSEC.

CSEC gets publicity on Polish TV (April 2005) as CSEC's Director Prof.

David Allan appears in the Material World programme on BBC Radio 4 (February 2005) along with Stewart Clark, of The Department of Physics at The University of Durham, to discuss their recent work on Molecules

CSEC gets publicity in the University's Annual Review for 2004 (December 2004):

Visit to CSEC by HRH The Duke of Gloucester (November 2004). HRH The Duke of Gloucester has visited CSEC in his capacity as the President of British Consultants and Construction Bureau (BCCB).

EPSRC grant to build the next generation hydrothermal pressure cells for synchrotron diffraction. Christopher Hall and Nicola Meller have been awarded an EPSRC grant to build hydrothermal cells for the new multi-pole w

The web pages for the new powder diffraction facility in CSEC are now online. The pages contain information on the wide range of techniques offered by the facility.

3.3M euro funding for Prediction of Irradiation Damage Effects in Reactor Components. Graeme Ackland is part of a 3.3 million euro EU project to study steels under conditions of extreme radiation bombardment.

July 2003 - "Edinburgh Goes To Extremes" - paper about CSEC by Paula Gould in Materials Today vol 6, issue 7/8 - July/August 2003, pages 46-49.

The new incommensurate structure for Tellurium under pressure is discovered by Malcolm McMahon and co-workers.

Prof Richard Nelmes, Dr Malcolm McMahon and Dr John Loveday have recently been awarded £1.7M funding from EPSRC for the next phase of the Structural Physics programme.