Talking Science at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory 2018-19
Talking Science at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)
Talking Science at RAL is a series of fascinating and FREE monthly scientific lectures by invited speakers that takes place at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory every month between September and June. More information about these talks can be found on our website: www.stfc.ac.uk/rltalkingscience. Once a talk is fully booked we start a waiting list - if you would like to be added to our waiting list, please email [email protected] Many tickets are returned in the week of the talk, so please check back here a few days before to see if any have become available.
Please note that in order to allow you to book all Talking Science tickets from the same page, the date / calendar function in Eventbrite may not reflect the time of the talk for which you have booked. The time and date of your booked talk is show in the ticket name you have chosen.
The talks this season are:
- Friday 21 September - The European Spallation Source by Professor John Womersley (12+)
- Friday 19 October - How the Universe will end by Professor Brad Gibson (12+)
- Friday 16 November - B is for Belladonna by Dr Kathryn Harkup (12+)
- Friday 14 December - The star of Bethlehem by Dr Barry Kellett (all ages)
- Friday 18 January - Chemistry & computers: simulating the machines of life by William Glass (12+)
- Friday 8 February - Let there be light by John O'Hagan (all ages)
- Friday 22 March - Kingdom of the cumulus clouds by Dr David Hooper (12+)
- Friday 26 April - Radiation protection - how to survive a journey to Mars by Dr Elizabeth Cunningham (12+)
- Friday 17 May - Lights, crystals, action! by Dr Claire Murray (12+)
- Friday 14 June - Swarm engineering across scales: from flocking robots to nanomedicine by Dr Sabine Hauert (10+)
All talks take place at 13:30 and again at 19:00 at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The talks last between 45 and 60 minutes with questions at the end.
Friday 21 September: The European Spallation Source
Professor John Womersley
ESS is a next-generation research facility for research in materials science, life sciences and engineering, now under construction in Lund in Southern Sweden, with important contributions from the UK. Using the world?s most powerful particle accelerator, ESS will generate intense beams of neutrons that will allow the structures of
materials and molecules to be understood at the level of individual atoms. This capability is key for advances in areas from energy storage and generation, to drug design and delivery, novel materials, and environment and heritage. ESS will offer science capabilities 10-20 times greater than the world?s current best, starting in 2023.
Friday 19 October: How the Universe will end
Professor Brad Gibson
One of the most exciting questions in all of science remains ?How did the Universe begin??; less spoken about though is the opposite end of the life-cycle: ?how the Universe will end??. Over a rollicking and interactive hour, Professor Gibson will walk you through our Universe, from its birth and toddler phase, to the rough teenage
years and mid-life crises, and ultimately, its mysterious fate, billions of years from now.
Friday 16 November: B is for Belladona
Dr Kathryn Harkup
As a follow up to the popular talk A is for Arsenic Kathryn will be taking another toxic tour of some of Agatha Christie?s poisons. The world?s most popular crime writer may have been writing fiction, but it wasn?t all
made up. What chemical clues did the Queen of Crime use in her murder mystery novels? What real life crimes inspired the classic Poirot, Marple and Tommy and Tuppence stories? We will take a look at the sinister
science of murder and poisoning. Expect tainted teapots, lethal umbrellas and magnificent moustaches.
Tickets will be released in three stages:
September to November talks - released 27 August 2018
December to February talks - released 5 November 2018
March to June talks - released 25 February 2019