THE HUMAN VOICE

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Speaker: Professor Trevor Cox
Biography: University of Manchester
Date: Wednesday, 12th September 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: An exploration of our most exquisite musical instrument: the human voice. Talking comes naturally to most of us, so it is easy to overlook how truly remarkable the voice is. Mixing scientific analysis with musical interludes, Trevor will explore the workings of the voice, how it adapts to different styles of talking and singing and how culture and technology change it.

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GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY: FOOD, FAMINE AND FUNGI

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Speaker: Professor Sarah Gurr View Flyer
Biography: University of Exeter
Date: Tuesday, 9th October 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: Fungal crop diseases have been increasing in severity and scale since the mid 20th Century and now pose a serious threat to global food security and ecosystem health. Some current notable and persistent fungal diseases, future threats and challenges and disease mitigation strategies will be discussed.

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The 29th Erasmus Darwin Memorial Lecture – PULSARS: STARS, CARS OR WATCHES?

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Speaker: Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS FRSE FRAS View Flyer
Biography: University of Oxford
Date: Wednesday, 14th November 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Main Theatre
Description: The story of the discovery fifty years ago of these incredible stars, and what we know today about these amazing objects. Tickets available from the Lichfield Garrick Box Office.

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OVERCOMING BARRIERS IN TRANSPLANTATION

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Speaker: Dr Pankaj Chandak
Biography: Guys, Evelina and Great Ormond Street Hospitals;MRC Centre for Transplantation, Kings College London
Date: Wednesday, 5th December 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Main Theatre
Description: This talk will illustrate how innovative aspects of transplantation are being used to address the challenges facing our patients including both adults and children.

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THE FUTURE OF UK GENERAL PRACTICE

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Speaker: Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard
Biography: Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Date: Thursday, 10th January 2019
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: How we can balance the technology tsunami with provision of truly person centred care. A lecture outlining the state of the current and possible future NHS.

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FIGHTING INFECTION

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Speaker: Professor Peter A Lambert
Biography: University of Aston and LSES President
Date: Thursday, 14th February 2019
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: Resistance to antibiotics is one of the most pressing issues facing world health. We are heading towards a post-antibiotic era in which common infections will once again kill. What does the future hold?

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UK BATTERY INDUSTRIALISATION CENTRE

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Speaker: Mark Ellis
Biography: Principal Engineer, Warwick Manufacturing Group
Date: Tuesday, 12th March 2019
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: The origins of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, and the challenges to be addressed in delivering its mission to return world-class Lithium-ion battery manufacturing to the UK, where it was invented in 1979. UKBIC's work aims to anchor the manufacture of electric vehicles in the UK.

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FASTER FUSION: FACT OR FANTASY?

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Speaker: Dr Alan Costley
Biography: Tokamak Energy Ltd. UK
Date: Tuesday, 9th April 2019
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: Recent advances in the physics of high temperature plasmas and enabling technologies are opening new and potentially faster routes to fusion power based on relatively compact devices. But are they feasible and will they work?

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JODRELL BANK AND THE SEARCH FOR EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE

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Speaker: Professor Michael Garrett
Biography: Director, Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
Date: Wednesday, 8th May 2019
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: Discover how far science has progressed in the quest to find intelligent life in the universe, find out more about the Breakthrough Listen initiative £100m investment in SETI research, and understand how the signatures of advanced civilisations might present themselves in astronomical data. This meeting will be preceded at 7:30 by the Society’s AGM

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THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF CRISPR GENE EDITING

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Speaker: Professor Matthew Cobb
Biography: University of Manchester
Date: Tuesday, 11th June 2019
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: Recent discoveries have made it possible to change genes in any species, including our own, and to spread those changes rapidly through wild populations. We now have virtually unlimited power over the ecosystem and over our own destinies. How should we use it? Should we use it at all?

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