LIFE AT 35,000 FEET: THE FUTURE OF ENGINE TECHNOLOGY

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Speaker: Dr Alan Partridge View Flyer
Biography: Rolls-Royce, Derby
Date: Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: Increasingly stringent noise, emissions and customer performance expectations for aero-engines lead towards the development of radically different and cleaner architectures, new materials and manufacturing technologies.

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ELEMENT TALES – STORIES FROM THE PERIODIC TABLE

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Speaker: Professor Mark Lorch View Flyer
Biography: University of Hull
Date: Tuesday, 8th October 2019
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table, 150 years since Dmitri Mendeleev created this iconic infographic. In celebration Professor Lorch will discuss the evolution of the table and select a few stories about the elements.

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The 30th Erasmus Darwin Memorial Lecture – THINKING THE UNTHINKABLE: INFLUENZA PANDEMICS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

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Speaker: Professor Jonathan Van-Tam MBE View Flyer
Biography: University of Nottingham, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England
Date: Wednesday, 13th November 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Main Theatre
Description: Influenza pandemics occur unpredictably. But there have been four such events in the last 100 years, and experts agree another pandemic is inevitable. How can the population be defended from this major public health threat?

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CAN WE REPAIR THE BRAIN?

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Speaker: Professor Roger Barker
Biography: Cambridge Clinical Science Centre for Brain Repair
Date: Wednesday, 4th December 2019
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Main Theatre
Description: An approach to repairing the brain in Parkinson’s Disease, using cell transplants and growth factors for dopamine cells.

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HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT STRATEGY FOR HS2

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Speaker: Dr John Halsted
Biography: HS2 Ltd
Date: Thursday, 9th January 2020
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: Before the engineering works start archaeological works are being undertaken across the route. This has involved geophysical survey, remote sensing and intrusive investigations. This talk will outline the methods of investigation along with some of the preliminary results.

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SHARP KNIVES: THE BLUNT TRUTH

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Speaker: Professor Sarah Hainsworth
Biography: University of Aston
Date: Tuesday, 11th February 2020
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: Stabbing is the most common method of violent death in the UK. Professor Hainsworth will discuss her research which aims to quantify the degree of force required to create a knife wound.

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WHAT CAN QUANTUM SENSORS DO FOR YOU?

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Speaker: Professor Kai Bongs
Biography: University of Birmingham
Date: Tuesday, 7th April 2020
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: 250 years after the Industrial Revolution, there is now a worldwide race towards the Quantum Technology revolution. The UK is a frontrunner in this area with a programme set to reach £1bn. Four national hubs have been established to drive forward quantum computing, communication, imaging and sensing. This talk will introduce the work of the Sensors and Timing Hub, take some of the “spookiness” out of quantum and illustrate how quantum sensors might change our lives in the future.

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THUNDERBOLTS AND LIGHTNING: ARE THEY REALLY VERY VERY FRIGHTENING?

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Speaker: Rhys Phillips
Biography: University of Cardiff
Date: Wednesday, 6th May 2020
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: Paraphrasing a line from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody the talk will discuss the phenomenon of lightning and its effect on aircraft and aircraft design. This meeting will be preceded at 7:30 by the Society’s AGM

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JOSEPH BANKS: A MACARONI AND A DILETTANTE

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Speaker: Dr Patricia Fara
Biography: University of Cambridge
Date: Tuesday, 9th June 2020
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Description: Instead of completing his education with a Grand Tour of Europe, Joseph Banks travelled around the world with James Cook. An expert on botany, he became President of London’s Royal Society for 42 years, where he exerted great influence on British scientific and imperial policy. This lecture supplements that conventional success story by discussing how he was satirised.

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