5th October 2020 (Zoom 7pm) – How Our Genome Affects Our Health

Dr. Arijit Mukhopadhyay, Reader in Human Genetics, University of Salford will be talking about the relationship between our genome and our health.

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7th September 2020 (Zoom 7pm) – Geo-Thermal Energy

John Midgely, recently retired Technical Manager, UK Geoenergy Observatories, BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, will give a talk on the subject of Geo-Thermal Energy focussing on:

  • Subsurface activities re. decarbonisation and cover;
  • An update of UKGESO projects, including the Cheshire Energy Research Field Site (CERFS);
  • Recent projects on Geothermal energy
  • Risks and Challenges on working in the ‘dark zone’ (below aquifer, above hydrocarbons)
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2nd March 2020 – SecREEts Project

Georgia Macey and her team from the Prospex Institute will give a presentation on rare earths and the SecREEts project. This project is aimed at establishing a stable and secure supply of critical rare earth elements based on a sustainable extraction from European apatite sources used in fertiliser production.

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3rd February 2020 – Astronomy in Flatland

Dr Colin Steele, from the Manchester University School of Mathematics will talk to us about how a two dimensional universe – known as Flatland – would work. This is an extract from Dr Steele’s website:

“In 1885, Edwin Abbott published a book called ‘Flatland’ which was about a two-dimensional world. The ‘hero’ was Mr A Square and other inhabitants included triangles, hexagons etc. Other authors have produced different variations on a two-dimensional universe. Such universes can be extended to include astronomy and this talk considers what astronomy would be like in a 2-dimensional universe. One significant change is that gravity is not inverse-square but is instead simply inversely proportional to distance. The shapes of orbits are different as a result. This talk will consider many aspects of astronomy in a 2-dimensional universe including orbits, seasons, eclipses, meteors, aurora etc. The talk will conclude by considering universes with alternative numbers of dimensions, 4-dimensional, 1-dimensional and 0-dimensional. It can be concluded that, other that the 3-dimensional universe, the two-dimensional is most interesting.”

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6th January 2020 – Multisensory Perception and Synaesthesia

Dr Clare JonasDr 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.

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2nd December 2019 – The Pluto Story

Prof Ian RobsonOur 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.

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