THE NEW SCIENCE OF ASTROBIOLOGY – the search for life in the universe

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Speaker: Professor Ian Crawford View Flyer
Biography: University of London
Date: Wednesday 14th September 2016
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: Astrobiology is an interdisciplinary science concerned with the evolution of life on Earth, the possibility of life, or past life, elsewhere in our Solar System and the potential habitability of planets orbiting other stars.

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ANNUAL DINNER

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Speaker: Dr David Beeston
Biography: Dudley Zoological Gardens
Date: Tuesday, 4th October 2016
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Aston Wood Golf Club
Description: Since it opened in 1937 the vision and role of the Zoo and Zoological Society has changed in many ways. Exploring the changes we learn more about conserving both the living world and our architectural heritage.

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HOW MATHS SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD

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Speaker: Professor C J Budd View Flyer
Biography: University of Bath
Date: Thursday, 13th October 2016
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: Almost every aspect of life today is based on mathematics; computing, economics, weather forecasting, electronic communications, transport, industrial design, all rely on it to various degrees and in some form from simple arithmetic to pure maths.

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The 27th Erasmus Darwin Memorial Lecture – A LIFE IN SCIENCE

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Speaker: Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell View Flyer
Biography: President and Vice Chancellor, the University of Manchester
Date: Tuesday 15th November 2016
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Main Theatre
Description: Dame Nancy's current research is focussed on what causes strokes and what happens in a brain deprived of blood and oxygen, and on trying to find better treatments and preventions. This leads into how infection, obesity and atherosclerosis cause a stroke and stimulate inflammation.

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INNOVATION IN DEFENCE MEDICINE

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Speaker: Brigadier Timothy J Hodgetts View Flyer
Biography: Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
Date: Wednesday, 7th December 2016
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Main Theatre
Description: The conditions for successful innovation in military medicine that have led to extraordinary contemporary clinical outcomes, and lessons for innovations at pace that are widely transferable.

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MANUFACTURING SINGLE CRYSTAL CASTINGS

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Speaker: Professor Paul Withey View Flyer
Biography: Rolls-Royce Engineering
Date: Wednesday, 11th January 2017
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: The blades in a gas turbine are highly engineered components operating in an arduous environment. The talk will explain how they are made as single crystals in nickel based superalloys and look at the journey which has got us to today’s components and at the future challenges.

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MEMORIES: HARDWIRED HAPPINESS OR VICTIMS TO DEMENTIA

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Speaker: Dr Zsuzsanna Nagy View Flyer
Biography: University of Birmingham. President of Lichfield Science & Engineering Society
Date: Thursday, 16th February 2017
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: Learning and memory have fascinated human kind for a long time. Understanding how we learn and remember, and how the brain can store so many memories to which we have such diverse reactions, is even more important now that dementia is becoming a silent epidemic of our times. Dr Nagy believes that understanding how our brain learns will enable us to protect our memories from dementia.

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THE FORTH REPLACEMENT CROSSING – PLANNING, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

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Speaker: Lawrence Shackman
Biography: Transport Scotland
Date: Tuesday, 4th April 2017 (Note change of date!)
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: Following the 2005 discovery of corrosion in the Forth Road Bridge, work has rapidly progressed to procure and construct a new crossing. It will be the longest three tower cable-stayed bridge in the world. Opening is scheduled for May 2017, some 11 years from inception to completion, a huge achievement for a huge project.

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FIBRE OPTICS: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE INTERNET

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Speaker: Professor Andrew Ellis
Biography: University of Aston
Date: Wednesday, 10th May 2017
Time: 8:00 pm. This meeting will be preceded at 7:30 by the Society’s AGM
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: For centuries optics has underpinned our ability to communicate remotely. Today over 99.9% of all data traffic passes through at least one optical fibre and the internet they support increasingly penetrates our everyday life. This talk will review the history of optical communications, and address the question “Is the internet nearly full?”

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