Hampstead Scientific Society Programme 2023-24
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Lecture Meetings will be held at The Crypt Room, St John's Church, Church Row, Hampstead, London NW3.
UNLESS otherwise notified.
All meetings are on THURSDAYS at 8:15pm. Coffee and biscuits will be available during the evening for a small charge.
Members of the public are invited.

Date Subject (Standard Info) Speaker
Thurs 21 Sept 2023
8:15 pm
The Future of Tall Buildings
This lecture will explore the technologies that make tall buildings possible. With the current climate crisis in mind, what is the carbon footprint of a building, and how can it be reduced? Finally, the lecturer will present some recent projects by Foster + Partners, and set out his vision for the future of tall buildings, the new technologies that are improving them, and the benefits they offer to society.
Roger Ridsdill Smith
(Foster + Partners)
Thurs 19 Oct.
8:15 pm
Cancer Immunotherapies: Using the Body to Fight Cancer
This lecture will describe the science behind a new class of drugs that are undeniably having a huge impact on cancer treatment and are changing lives of patients with cancer. These drugs do not target the tumour directly but enable the patient's immune system to fight tumours. The discussion will include a review of relevant immunology and focus on the mechanisms of several types of immunotherapies.
Prof. Lauren Pecorino
(University of Greenwich)
Thurs 16 Nov
8:15 pm
Two Years In: The Work of the James Webb Space Telescope
On the 25th December 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope launched heading for an orbit four times further than the Moon. The largest and most advanced space telescope ever built, it intended to produce some of the most detailed and distant views of the Universe ever seen. In this talk, Dr Greg Brown of the Royal Observatory Greenwich will reveal some of Webb's most impressive images collected over the last two years and show how the telescope has exceeded all expectations.
Gregory Brown
(Royal Museums Greenwich)
Thurs 14 Dec
8:15 pm
New Chemical Insights into the Origin of Life
Dr Kevin Devine
(HSS and London Metropolitan University)
Thurs 18 Jan 2024
8:15 pm
Possible Volcanic Activity on the Plains of Mars
The Elysium planitia is a young region with very early active volcanism through fissures and volcanic vents. With surfaces being as young as 11Ma, the cratered region is a clear example of an early Amazonian lava flow. By observing and mapping each individual flow, this presentation will aim to highlight these flows around the cratered region and give a satisfying justification towards active volcanism.
Joshua Darkwa
(Hampstead Scientific Society)
Thurs 15 Feb
8:15 pm
London's Industrial Archaeology
London may lack Dark Satanic Mills but London's Industrial heritage precedes Henry VIII. The Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society has been studying and recording the Capital's Industry for over 50 years. That period saw the loss of the Docks, change to our Victorian railway infrastructure and gasworks but other sites have been preserved. This talk will dip into the archive and knowledge that GLIAS has accumulated.
Prof David Perrett
(The Association for Industrial Archaeology)
Thurs 21 Mar
8:15 pm
Patents in the UK
This talk will focus on the process of obtaining UK Patents, together with the important issues facing someone considering filing a patent application. Database searching and problems with patenting software will be touched on. Frederick Lupton has wide experience in the Electronics, Comms and IT Industries, as well as working with firms of Solicitors and Patent Attorneys.
Melvyn Rees
(Hampstead Scientific Society)
Replaced by
Frederick Lupton
(Chartered Patent Attorney)
Thurs 18 Apr
8:15 pm
Cognitive Neuroscience Insights from Imaging and Stimulating the Brain
What are the mental processes that underlie human behaviour, and more interestingly (in this scientist's humble opinion!) how does the brain perform the necessary computations? This is what cognitive neuroscience is concerned with – explaining behaviour through the brain – but it's not an easy task. To help us, we have a variety of very sophisticated instruments, machines, analysis techniques, and so on. Dr Eva Feredoes will be introducing some of these, explaining how they work, and more interestingly, what they can and can't tell us about the brain and behaviour.
Dr Eva Feredoes
(University of Reading)
Thurs 16 May
8:15 pm
Impact Cratering: From Microstructures to Mass Extinction
Impacts have shaped our world and the Solar System. These collisions gave birth to the Moon, caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, and delivered the essential ingredients for life on Earth. Studying impact cratering is challenging because the Earth's impact record has been severely affected by other geological processes. While on other planetary bodies, the study of impact processes is limited to remote sensing or small sample volumes. Furthermore, all of the processes in an impact cratering event cannot be simultaneously reproduced by experiments in the laboratory. In this talk, Auriol Rae will demonstrate how observational geology, experimental methods, and numerical modelling can be combined to understand the process and consequences of impact cratering. This talk will particularly focus on the formation of the Chicxulub impact structure, widely known for its role in the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period.
Dr. Auriol Rae
(University of Cambridge)
Thurs 20 June
8:00 pm
AGM: Wine & Cheese £zzz + scientific entertainment

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