Recent Lecture Write-ups

Recent Lectures                                                  

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2023-2024 Season September 2023 to May 2024


Advances in Crop Production: Manipulating Plant Processes Using LEDs (April 2024), Prof Tracy Lawson, Essex University

Colouring the Sky: Nature’s Cathode Ray Tube,  Prof Alan Aylward  (March 2024) A write up of this talk is not available

The Psychology of Belief, by Dr Anna Stone, UEL (February 2024)

From Gout to Mad Cow Disease, by Prof David Perrett (Barts Emeritus Professor), (January 2024)

The James Webb Space Telescope, by Dr Nick Stapley (BSS President), (December 2023)

AGM followed by Science on Ice: The US Antarctic Programme,  by Mike Lucibella, UCL, (November 2023)

Helium - Where on Earth?  by Mr Alan Bodley (October 2023)

The inconveniencie of the aer and smoak of London revisited: 1661-2023  by Dr Ian Mudway, Imperial (September 2023)





2022 - 2023 Season - September 2022 to May 2023
   

Is it Possible to Live a Carbon Zero Life?  by Dr Michael de Podesta (May 2023)

How Insects Search, by Prof Richard Hopkins, Greenwich University (April 2023)

Diatoms by Prof Graham Underwood, University of Essex (March 2023)

Plastic Dust Polution   by Dr Stephanie Wright (February 2023)

Milankovitch Cycles by Prof Alan Aylward (January 2023)

AGM followed by Transatlantic Telegraph Cables, Mr Richard Buchanan, and Salicylates and Medical Applications, Dr Ron Bennett (December 2022)

Spices (November 2022), Mr Alan Bodley

Introduction to Stars and Nucleosynthesis (October 2022), Dr Nick Stapley

The Smell of the Sea (September 2022), Dr Michael Steinke, University of Essex



2021 - 2022 Season - September 2021 to May 2022


Physical lectures resumed in September 2021

Adhesives (May 2022), Dr Ron Bennett (No write-up available)

Rivers of Mars (April 2022), Prof. Sanjeev Gupta, Imperial College

Nuclear Power (March 2022), Dr Ron Bennett (No write-up available)

GPS - The Global Positioning System  (Feb 2022) Dr Nick Stapley

Conversational AI (Jan 2022) Dr Julie Wall, UEL

Fundamental Particles and the Standard Model, Dr Nick Stapley (Dec 2021, with the AGM)

Neutrinos by Prof Ryan Nichol, UCL (Nov 2021)

Sustainable Materials for a Greener Future Dr Ana Sobrido, QMC (Oct 2021)

Interstellar Travel Prof Alan Aylward, UCL (Sept 2021)


ZOOM LECTURES - Starting May 2020


A series of lectures were held commencing May 2020 until May 2021 using the Zoom Video conferencing software


Who has done more for health: the doctor, the scientist or the engineer? Prof David Perrett, QMC (May 2021)

CRISPRcas9 Dr Susan Shorter University of Greenwich (April 2021)

The Hydrogen Economy Dr Paul Dodds, UCL (March 2021)

Alchemy in Art Mr Thomas Duggan, Thomas Duggan Studios (February 2021)

The Chemical Industry -Past, Present, and Future  Dr Ron Bennett (January 2021)  December was the AGM and no lecture or talks by members were given

What is Hyperloop & What is HYPED?:  Ewa Radzanowska, Edinburgh University (November 2020)

Exoplanets - Looking for Signs of Life: Prof Alan Aylward, UCL (October 2020)

Physical Computing and the SBC: Mr Alan O'Donovan, Crystal Palace Radio and Electronics Club (September 2020)

What is an Electron?: Mr Steve Pilkington (August 2020)

Laboratories, Accreditatation, and Coronavirus: Dr Tamora Heath (July 2020)

5G Mobile: Stephen Hearnden: former Chief Technology Officer Cellnet - now O2 (June 2020)

Plastics Recycling: Dr Ron Bennett, President BSS (May 2020)


2019 - 2020 Season - September 2019 to February 2020


THE COVID19 PANDEMIC PREVENTED THE COMPLETION OF THE SEASON AND NO LECTURES WERE HELD IN MARCH OR APRIL, BUT 'ZOOM LECTURES' BEGAN IN MAY 2020


The Electricity Distribution Network and Power Transformers:  Mr Paul Dyer, UK Power Networks (February 2020)

Earthquakes, Tremors, and Hydraulic Fracturing: Dr Paul Nathanail, MD LQM Ltd (January 2020) 

Talks by Members December 2019: Sorting Techniques in Computing (John Powell), Get More Light from a Candle (Richard J Buchanan), A Spiralarm Lamp (Alan Ashby)

Seeing with Atoms: Prof Paul Dastoor, Cavendish Laboratory (November 2019)

The Immune System; Chromatin Organisation and Cell Fate:  Dr Adrian Liston and Dr Clara Novo, Babraham Institute  (October 2019 - Two separate talks)

Changing Ocean Chemistry and the Impact of Global Warming: Dr Palavi Anand, The Open University (September 2019)

More write-ups can be found in our Archive here: The Archive