Hampstead Scientific Society Programme 2018-19
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Date Subject (Standard Info) Speaker
Thurs 20 Sept
8:15 pm
The Story of Water on Mars
Mars is currently a hyperarid, cold desert, but since the 1970s, we have seen evidence for past liquid water. Today, we are in a golden era of Mars exploration – a combination of satellites, landers, and rovers provide us with a plethora of evidence for both past and present water on Mars. This talk will discuss some of that evidence and present the case that rivers, lakes, and seas covered the Red Planet billions of years ago.
Dr Joel Davis
(Natural History Museum)
Thurs 18 Oct.
8:15 pm
The Hampstead Storm 1975
During the late afternoon of the 14th of August 1975 north London was struck by a severe thunderstorm which caused flash flooding in the Hampstead and Highgate area and resulted in the death of one person, injuries to several others and damage to properties and infrastructure. Actual precipitation totals have been estimated as being up to 250 mm, much of which fell in 2-3 hours. This event has become known simply as “The Hampstead Storm”. This talk will summarise what is known about the event and the meteorology of the near stationary convective storm and its mechanism and causes. Progress in our scientific understanding of such storms and our ability to predict them will be briefly reviewed.
David Smart
(University College London)
Thurs 15 Nov
8:15 pm
Space Missions to Giant Planets
We are living in a unique era from the point of view of planetary exploration. The Cassini mission orbiting Saturn came to and end in September, 2017, leaving a legacy of important discoveries concerning Saturn and its magnetic environment. In addition, there is the Juno mission currently orbiting Jupiter, investigating the planet’s atmosphere and aurorae. Finally, the JUICE (JUpiter ICy moon Explorer) mission will revisit the Jovian system (launch planned 2022) in particular to remotely ‘sense’ the subsurface ocean of the moon Ganymede. In this talk, we introduce planetary magnetospheres, look at some of the Cassini discoveries and describe some of the plans for JUICE.
Prof. Nicholas Achilleos
(University College London)
Thurs 13 Dec
8:15 pm
How Energy Flow Shapes the Evolution of Life
Prof. Nick Lane
(University College London)
Thurs 17 Jan 2019
8:15 pm
Forensic Science – DNA Evidence
Dr Georgina Meakin MCSFS FHEA
(University College London)
Thurs 21 Feb
8:15 pm
101 Theories of Dinosaur Extinction
Mike Howgate
(Amateur Geological Society)
Thurs 21 Mar
8:15 pm
The Roman Water Pump
Dr. Richard Stein
(Hampstead Scientific Society)
Thurs 11 Apr
8:15 pm
Human Colour Vision
Prof. Andrew Stockman
(University College London)
Thurs 16 May
8:15 pm
Brain Oscillations and Mental Health
Dr. Elizabeth Liddle
(University of Nottingham)
Thurs 20 June
8:00 pm
AGM: Wine & Cheese £zzz + scientific entertainment

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