The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, named after the benefactor businessman and Durham physics graduate Professor Sir Peter Ogden, is a world-leading centre of excellence in fundamental physics research at Durham University. The Ogden Centre has expanded with the recent completion of a second iconic building, designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind
, to house our cosmology and astronomy research activities. The Ogden Centre now comprises the two research institutes and two centres:
- the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology, IPPP (in the original Ogden Centre East building).
- the Institute for Computational Cosmology, ICC (based primarily on the top floor of the new Ogden Centre West).
- the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, CEA (based primarily on the first floor of the new Ogden Centre West).
- the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, CfAI (based primarily on the ground floor of the new Ogden Centre West).
The current Centre was completed with funding from a number of sources, including a generous donation from the Ogden Trust
, the Durham University
and the Wellcome and Wolfson Foundations. On-going support is provided by STFC
(the Science and Technology Facilities Council). The original Ogden Centre East building, which is adjacent to the Physics Department
, was officially opened by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Tony Blair MP, in October 2002. The new Ogden Centre West building will be opened by Daniel Libeskind in March 2017.
The Ogden Centre has a major involvement in an outreach project to promote public knowledge and understanding of exciting areas of research in astronomy and particle physics.
The Ogden Centre celebrated its 10th birthday on 18th September 2012.