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Researchers find frost on the Solar System’s tallest volcanoes on Mars

Open University researchers are co-leads for instruments which have detected water-based frost at the top of the Olympus Mons volcanoes on Mars – the largest volcanoes in the Solar System.

13th June 2024
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OU hosts the 2024 European Lunar Symposium

The 2024 European Lunar Symposium, which will be hosted by The Open University in Scotland from 16-21 June, will reveal progress in and plans for exploring the Moon.

11th June 2024
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Join Thursday talks with OU PGRs

Every Thursday from 13 June to 4 July 2024, Open University PGRs from the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS) will give free online talks about their research.

5th June 2024
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OU receives £300k grant to explore legacies of colonialism in Malaysia

The Open University has recently secured almost £300,000 funding from the British Academy for a project that will explore coloniality and precarity engagements amongst urban-poor resilient Malaysian Indian women.

30th May 2024
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