The Presidential Lecture DEAD IN THE WATER: TRACING MURDER VICTIMS IN RIVERS

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Speaker: Professor Carolyn Roberts
Biography: Gresham College
Date: Wednesday, 8th September 2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: By Zoom
Description: The bodies of murder victims, whole or in pieces, often end up in rivers or canals. In these tragic and gruesome settings, environmental science can help to identify where bodies have come from or gone to. Professor Roberts’ work as an Expert Witness with UK police forces and other agencies has applied scientific principles to murder investigations, helping to establish a new science of forensic hydrology. Drawing on macabre and fascinating case studies, the lecture will range from particular cases to the general principles of tracing bodies, and the application of science in supporting the law. Frequently grisly, and probably not for those of a nervous disposition, but of guaranteed interest to the curious.

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THE GENESIS QUEST

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Speaker: Michael Marshall
Biography: Freelance science writer
Date: Tuesday, 5th October 2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: By Zoom
Description: How did life on Earth begin? Solving one of the biggest mysteries. The origin of life is one of the most challenging questions in modern science. This talk explores the ideas that have been put forward to explain the beginning of life.

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The 32nd Erasmus Darwin Memorial Lecture THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES

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Speaker: Sir Adrian Smith
Biography: President, The Royal Society
Date: Tuesday, 9th November 2021
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Lichfield Garrick Main Theatre (If conditions permit.)
Description: This talk will review the ways in which the combination of big data and massive computing power has transformed the possibilities for the development of algorithms to understand and control the world around us and will discuss the threats and opportunities this poses for societies and individuals.

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THE RRS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

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Speaker: Dr Sophie Fielding
Biography: British Antarctic Survey
Date: Thursday, 2nd December 2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Lichfield Main Theatre (If conditions permit.)
Description: This Polar Research ship is a major UK Government investment in polar infrastructure, designed to keep Britain at the forefront of world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic. This talk will introduce its state-of-the-art science capabilities and why they are required.

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HYDROGEN AS A CLEANER FUEL FOR THE UK

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Speaker: Professor Stuart Haszeldine
Biography: University of Edinburgh
Date: Tuesday, 11th January 2022
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: To be advised.
Description: Fossil fuels have powered the UK since early in the 1700’s - first with coal and town gas, then oil, and now methane gas. How can switching to hydrogen help to emit less carbon, whilst keeping cookers and home heaters similar to now, and not digging up every street? The world’s first conversion of houses to hydrogen should start during 2021 in South Fife, using green hydrogen, and should show the benefits and difficulties of home-grown renewable fuel.

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ALAN TURING AND THE HISTORY OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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Speaker: Professor Simon Schaffer
Biography: University of Cambridge
Date: Tuesday, 12th April 2022 (NB Not as Programme Card.)
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: To be advised
Description: The career of the great mathematician Alan Turing has drawn fascinated attention to his projects in the development of code breaking and computers; this talk explores some of the wider and significant implications of this work and its relevance to understanding how machines can think.

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