Hampstead Scientific Society Programme 2016-17
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Date Subject (Standard Info) Speaker
Thurs 15 Sept
8:15 pm
A Personal History of 62 Years of Bioengineering
A talk by Prof. Heinz Wolff. Best known as the presenter of The Great Egg Race and Young Scientist of the Year on television in the 1970's and 80's, he actually coined the term bioengineering in 1954 to describe the work he was doing at the interface of engineering and medicine, and founded and was the first director of the Brunel Institute for Bioengineering.
Prof. Emeritus Heinz Wolff
(Brunel University)
Thurs 20 Oct.
8:15 pm
Genetic Variation and Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease of the brain and spine which affects about 2.5 million people worldwide. It often strikes individuals between 20 and 40 years of age, and is the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults. MS is partly inherited, and in the past 10 years a wealth of studies has provided significant insight into the genetics of MS. In this talk Dr Davies will discuss the progression in our understanding of MS genetics, by firstly highlighting some key findings from these studies, and secondly talking about her own contribution to this field from her PhD at Cambridge and her current position as a postdoctoral scientist at Oxford University.
Dr Jessica Davies
(University of Oxford)
Thurs 17 Nov
8:15 pm
Gravitational Lensing
Bend it like Einstein – Gravitational lensing
Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts that light rays are bent by a massive body, to the point that it can behave like a magnifying glass. This talk will look into a range of gravitational lensing effects and their applications, from weighing the most massive objects in the Universe to proving the existence of dark matter to finding new earths. Discover the physics that made Einstein famous!
Dr Benjamin Joachimi
Thurs 08 Dec
8:15 pm
Non-Native Invasives in Fresh Water

The Zoological Society of London working with Citizen Scientists to improve the health of London's Rivers

Urban rivers today face many challenges; modifications for navigation and flood defence block the migration of fish, pollution degrades water quality and invasive non-native species impact the balance of ecosystems. This talk will present the work of The Zoological society of London, who work with a large team of volunteer citizen scientists across the region to gather evidence that drives improvements in our rivers.
Joe Pecorelli
(Zoological Society of London)
Thurs 19 Jan 2017
8:15 pm
Origin, Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs
*** CANCELLED *** and replaced by

Why Planet Earth is Habitable

The Earth has been inhabited by life for almost 90% of its 4.5 billion year existence. However, life requires very narrow climatic and chemical conditions. The implication therefore is that Earth has maintained such conditions necessary for life for billions of years. This cannot be a coincidence, which means that there must be active processes that keep Earth habitable, despite cataclysmic events such as meteorite impacts, volcanoes, continental drift and mass extinctions.
Prof Paul Barrett
(Natural History Museum)

Dr Philip Pogge Von Strandmann
(University College London)
Thurs 16 Feb
8:15 pm
The Acoustic Bubble: From Whales To Other Worlds.
Prof Timothy Leighton
(University of Southampton)
Thurs 16 Mar
8:15 pm
Diamond – More Than a Girl's Best Friend
The allure of diamond is unchanged over the ages. From ancient times diamond has been cherished as a sign of wealth and status. In this talk the properties of this material will be discussed as well as new and future high-tech applications. How can we make diamond? Can we tell the difference between natural and lab-grown diamond? What can we use it for? The journey of diamond from gemstone to quantum computer is an intriguing one, encompassing murder, wealth, dead pets and a little bit of chemistry...
Dr Katherine B Holt
(University College London)
Thurs 20 Apr
8:15 pm
Lost Worlds of the Solar System
Prof. Hilary Downes
(University College London)
Thurs 18 May
8:15 pm
The Medical Implications of Space Flight
In this talk, Dr Steven Cutts talks about the medical implications of space flight. How does the environment of deep space affect the human body? What are the implications for interplanetary travel and could people ever really survive and thrive in an extra terrestrial colony on Mars or the Moon?
Steven Cutts FRCS
(James Paget University Hospital)
Thurs 22 June
8:00 pm
AGM: Wine & Cheese £3 + scientific entertainment

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