Event categories: Science Lecture

Professor James Jackson: Living with earthquakes: know your faults

Speaker: Professor James Jackson CBE FRS. Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge The extreme vulnerability to earthquakes of populations in Asia is related to how and where they live, which in turn is determined by the geology. How can our scientific understanding of this situation help to reduce risk and increase public safety?

Tim Pedley: Individual and collective behaviour of swimming microorganisms

Speaker: Professor Tim Pedley FRS Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge Individual microswimmers use various mechanisms to make progress in what for them is a very viscous liquid (water). However, when a population of them is in suspension they can form a wonderful variety of patterns which can be examined in […]

Keith Sacre: Current tree pests and diseases found in the UK

Speaker: Keith Sacre, Sales Director, Barcham Trees, Ely A broad look at the pests and diseases currently in the country and those that, without appropriate Biosecurity Measures, could become established. What to look out for, and what action should individuals take and what needs to be reported, coupled with a look at the future planning of our […]

Professor Carol Brayne: Population based research into dementia and brain ageing

Speaker: Professor Carol Brayne CBE FMedSci, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge and Director of Cambridge Public Health Carol will describe local, national and international studies with which she has been involved, and how these population based and representative studies have informed our understanding of dementia, informing policy, practice and public.

Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly: Some progress in understanding the nausea and vomiting of human pregnancy

Speaker: Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly Most pregnant women experience some nausea and/or vomiting particularly in early pregnancy. In many, these symptoms are sufficiently severe to interfere with working, family and social life. In ~1% of pregnancies the symptoms are extremely severe (hyperemesis gravidarum) and can threaten the life and health of the mother and offspring. […]

Professor Per Ola Kristensson: Design Engineering for Artificial Intelligence

Speaker: Professor Per Ola Kristensson Professor Kristensson will lecture on the use of techniques from systems engineering to build effective, efficient and safe Artificial Intelligence systems that work for people including systems that allow users to type with their eyes and to use virtual tools through augmented reality glasses. Professor Per Ola Kristensson, Co Director […]

Professor Rebecca Kilner: Life after death: how behaviour influences evolution in the burying beetle

Speaker: Professor Rebecca Kilner How does behaviour evolve and how does it then determine subsequent evolution? Our research focuses on the burying beetle (or sexton beetle). The natural history of these animals, and their capacity to undergo experimental evolution in the lab, lets us test directly how behaviour influences evolution. Professor Rebecca Kilner FRS, Head […]

Professor Martin Rees: The World in 2050 and beyond

Speaker: Professor Martin Rees We can venture two fairly firm predictions about the next few decades; the world will get hotter, and global populations will rise. But we can’t predict the changing political backdrop, nor the speed and direction of technological advance (in biological sciences, artificial Intelligence and in space). There are reasons for great […]

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