Prof. Catherine Heymans

Personal Chair in Observational Cosmology
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Institute for Astronomy, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ, United Kingdom

Research interests

I am a Professor of Astrophysics at the Institute for Astronomy within the University of Edinburgh, based at the Royal Observatory.

I currently hold a European Research Council Consolidator Grant Fellowship.

My research focusses on cosmology, specifically making detailed observations of the Dark Universe. I co-lead the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Lensing Survey (CFHTLenS) and the ESO the Kilo-Degree Survey (KiDS).


I am the Course Organiser of a new pre-honours Introductory Astrophysics course.  In this applied physics course we use innovative teaching practises based on the "flipped classroom" approach.  The majority of the course content is distributed via our coursebook and tested through weekly online quizzes.  The lecture contact time is then reserved to develop our students understanding.  We place strong emphasis on the benefits of peer learning and we develop our students problem solving skills in weekly teaching studio workshops.

Research outputs

  1. Probing the missing baryons with the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect from filaments DOI
    Anna de Graaff, Yan-Chuan Cai, Catherine Heymans and John A. Peacock, Astronomy & Astrophysics (2019)
    Harry Johnston, Christos Georgiou, Benjamin Joachimi, Henk Hoekstra, Nora Elisa Chisari, Daniel Farrow, Maria Cristina Fortuna, Catherine Heymans, Shahab Joudaki, Konrad Kuijken et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2019)
  3. Towards emulating cosmic shear data DOI
    Arun Kannawadi, Henk Hoekstra, Lance Miller, Massimo Viola, Ian Fenech Conti, Ricardo Herbonnet, Thomas Erben, Catherine Heymans, Hendrik Hildebrandt, Konrad Kuijken et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics (2019)
  4. LinKS DOI
    C. E. Petrillo, C. Tortora, G. Vernardos, L. V. E. Koopmans, G. Verdoes Kleijn, M. Bilicki, N. R. Napolitano, S. Chatterjee, G. Covone, A. Dvornik et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2019)
  5. Dark Energy Survey Year 1: An independent E/B-mode cosmic shear analysis
    Marika Asgari and Catherine Heymans, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2019)
  6. KiDS-450 DOI
    Benjamin Giblin, Catherine Heymans, Joachim Harnois-Déraps, Fergus Simpson, Jörg P. Dietrich, Ludovic Van Waerbeke, Alexandra Amon, Marika Asgari, Thomas Erben, Hendrik Hildebrandt et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 480, 4 , p. 5529-5549 (2018)
  7. Multiwavelength scaling relations in galaxy groups DOI
    Arthur Jakobs, Massimo Viola, Ian McCarthy, Ludovic van Waerbeke, Henk Hoekstra, Aaron Robotham, Gary Hinshaw, Alireza Hojjati, Hideki Tanimura, Tilman Tröster et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 480, 3 , p. 3338-3355 (2018)
  8. Large-scale structure probes of modified gravity DOI
    Catherine Heymans and Gong Bo Zhao, International journal of modern physics d (2018)
  9. KiDS+2dFLenS+GAMA DOI
    A. Amon, C. Blake, C. Heymans, C. D. Leonard, M. Asgari, M. Bilicki, A. Choi, T. Erben, K. Glazebrook, J. Harnois-Déraps et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 479, 3 , p. 3422-3437 (2018)
  10. KiDS-i-800 DOI
    A. Amon, C. Heymans, D. Klaes, T. Erben, C. Blake, H. Hildebrandt, H. Hoekstra, K. Kuijken, L. Miller, C. B. Morrison et al., Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 477, 4 , p. 4285-4307 (2018)
Last updated: 19 Feb 2018 at 21:11