This blog shows all our events, both future and past.
Our next meeting is on Monday 1st July 2019 at our usual venue, when Professor Krishna Persaud of the University of Manchester will give a talk around the theme of “Devices that sense odours”. The University is a partner in the ‘PlasticArmPit’ project which is looking at devices which will recognise odour with sensors so small and flexible that they can be integrated into almost anything. For more information, see here.
Please note that the start time will be 19.30 until announced otherwise. The entrance fee is £2 (free to students and under 21s).
We now have speakers booked for the rest of 2019, and are looking to sign up more for next year. We have had a lot of ideas from the membership, and are following many of those up, but more are always welcome, so keep them coming.
This question will be asked by Dr Matt Donnelly, Lead Data Scientist, UK Argo Programme. The oceans play a key role in the climate and provide a habitat for a wide range of marine life, but with an average depth of 3.7km and a surface area of 360 million km2, how on earth do you collect the data to understand its physical properties, how it moves, and how it supports life?
Find out about the robotic Argo floats used to sustain our observations of this dynamic underwater world.
Dr Donnelly is also the organizer of Kirkby SciBar.
Dr Clare Jonas has a PhD in psychology and used to be an academic who researched human perception. She is now a Science Communicator which she describes as “taking the complicated world of academic science and making it accessible to the general public.“
Our discussion will be led by Professor Ian Robson, now retired but previously a Professor of Astrophysics, President of the Society for Popular Astronomy and Technology Director of the Edinburgh Royal Observatory.
The revolutions in analytical science for the real time analysis of the human body
This talk will be given by Dr Tony Bristow (FRSC), AstraZeneca, Macclesfield
Analytical science has made an enormous impact on the understanding of the biological and chemical processes within the human body.
This has been achieved via the application of a vast range of techniques.
However, many of these approaches require off‐line analysis, where samples are taken from a subject, transported to a laboratory, prepared and then analysed.
A vision for the future would remove the need to take a sample and analysis would be carried out on an individual in real time, to provide an immediate measurement of the level of an analyte or analytes.
This presentation will describe some of the most exciting developments in real time measurement of the human body. From cancer diagnosis by mass spectrometry to real time monitoring of key clinical analytes using smart phone based devices, this incredibly exciting science will be described.
However, this does raise a final question. Will we be making everybody a home analytical scientist and what could be the implications?
Dr Jonathan Lageard, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies, Division of Geography & Environmental Management, Manchester Metropolitan University will tell us what has been discovered as peat bogs have been exploited.
Peatlands cover significant areas within the north-west and have suffered considerably through drainage and exploitation. One positive aspect of these interventions has been the uncovering of rich organic archive including bog oaks and bog bodies. Increasingly sophisticated scientific analyses of these archives have not only dated, but have also shed significant light on the nature of past environments and their human occupants.
Invasive Plant Species – Bogeyman or Ecological Disaster?
Dr Arthur Broadbent of the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester will lead the discussion.
“Novel weapons”, “Enemy Release” “Invasional Meltdown” – these are some of the more popular hypotheses proposed to explain the paradoxical success of invasive plants. But is this militaristic language justified? Are invasive plants really such a threat? And what does explain their unlikely prominence?
Dr Broadbent will present the evidence surrounding the underlying causes of plant invasions, and with a more nuanced take on their ecological impact.