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Business Engagement

Alongside research into fundamental physics, COSMA also supports research that has a positive impact on business and industry.

Working with Dell EMC has helped the Durham University to forge close links across the Dell Technologies family of businesses and given our team significant access to the company's partners and industry peers.

The Durham Data Intensive Science Centre for Doctoral Training (DDIS CDT), a £2m investment by the STFC and Durham University in PhD student training, connects academic research and expertise with industry.

Projects include:

  • Researching methods of drying washing powder in huge towers during the production process, working with Procter & Gamble;
  • Analysing X-ray images to differentiate between bone and soft tissue for IBEX Innovations Ltd;
  • Optimising SWIFT for the Mellanox InfiniBand network – student placement.

Other COSMA links with business and industry include:

Businesses who wish to use COSMA should contact Professor Adrian Jenkins on

Businesses keen to engage with the DDIS CDT should visit this page.


Simulations produced by COSMA support outreach work designed to engage the public in science.

Galaxy Makers allows people to make their own virtual Universe based upon the simulations of The EAGLE Project. Galaxy Makers is a favourite of the thousands of children and adults who attend Durham University’s annual Celebrate Science festival each year.

EAGLE simulations were also the inspiration for three major art installations– Cosmic Architecture, Cosmoscope and What Matters - at Lumiere Durham, the UK’s largest light festival, which attracted nearly 250,000 visitors in 2017.