Having highlighted some of the major scientific achievements of the past 50 years in our last lecture series, we now look ahead to the coming decades with this panel discussion and Q&A session. Experts from a range of fields will share their thoughts on the significant developments in science and technology we might expect to see in the near future, in response to questions and comments from the audience.
Come along and find out what the future might look like!
The Futures Forum will be held in Lecture Theatre 4, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, on Tuesday 6 November at 7.00pm.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Branch, our public lecture series last year looked back at key developments over those 50 years. This year’s programme continues the anniversary including a public discussion event which will look ahead to science and technology developments we may see over the next 50 years, and a lecture on a topic proposed by our audience.
Our opening lecture on 3 October 2018 will be Cardiovascular Disease: Go with the Flow by Professor Faisel Khan from Ninewells Hospital and Medical School – Disease of the heart and blood vessels can begin early in life, well before the development of clinical signs, such as a heart attack or stroke. Prevention of cardiovascular disease is of great importance and a major challenge in achieving this is our understanding of the underlying biology involved in development of the disease.
This lecture will be held in our new regular venue – University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building, Lecture Theatre 4, starting at 7pm.
We’ve now reached the final public lecture in our special 50th Anniversary series, which has been taking us through the most significant scientific discoveries and developments of the last five decades. Having traveled from the early days of planetary exploration in the 1970s to the sequencing of the human genome in the 2000s, what better way to celebrate the decade of the 2010s than the discovery of the Higgs boson and the new window on the Universe this has opened up?
Our speaker will be Professor Aidan Robson from the School of Physics and Astronomy at Glasgow University, and the lecture is titled The Matter of Matter: the Large Hadron Collider, the Higgs boson, and Beyond. The lecture starts at 7.00pm, and will be held in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre in the Tower Building of Dundee University. Admission, as always, is free.
As part of the Tayside and Fife Branch’s 50th Anniversary special events, and in conjunction with British Science Week 2018, we will be holding a public Science Quiz at Discovery Point, Dundee on the evening of Wednesday 14 March.
The quiz is open to all, so get your team of four together and test your knowledge of science and technology! The quiz will consist of rounds based on the themes of our five lectures that have celebrated the past 50 years of scientific discovery and invention – space exploration, the environment, computing, biology & genetics and physics – along with questions on science fiction.
There will be an entry fee of £10 per team, which will go towards prizes for the first, second and third teams. There will also be a cash bar to help get those brain cells working!
The quiz starts at 7.00pm.
To register your team, visit our Eventbrite page: bsa-science-quiz.eventbrite.co.uk
We look forward to seeing you there!
Our next free public lecture is on Thursday 18 January 2018, when Josie Goodale, Senior Manager at CISCO Systems Inc, will be speaking on ‘From Microprocessors to the Internet of Things: How the Digital Revolution was Unleashed’.
Computer technology has developed rapidly in the last 50 years, radically changing how we work, live, play and learn. This talk will showcase the major network, hardware and software innovations in each era, and the life-changing impacts they have had. It will conclude by outlining some current areas of digital innovation and speculate where they might lead us over the next 50 years.
Please note that this lecture will be held in the Kydd Building of Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee. The lecture starts at 7.00pm, and admission is free and open to all.
In partnership with the British Science Association’s Future Debates programme, the University of St Andrews is hosting a panel discussion event at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews on Friday 17th November 2017 at 6.00 pm.
Should the public fund science? Are we worried if the military does? Or the oil industry? Or the church? Together with experts from the University of St Andrews with different funding backgrounds, the event will explore the question “Does it Matter Who Funds Science?”
The panel discussion is open to everyone and no prior knowledge is required. It is free to attend and tickets can be booked here.
We’re delighted to welcome meteorologist and former BBC weather presenter Peter Gibbs as our speaker for the next free public lecture in our 50th Anniversary series.
Peter worked as a meteorologist in the Antarctic in the 1980s, and recently returned to the remote Halley research station for BBC2’s Horizon programme, to see how Antarctic science is helping us understand the magnitude of rapid climate change.
Peter’s lecture Antarctica: Heartbeat of the Planet will show how the annual change in ice cover in the seas surrounding the Antarctic continent drives atmospheric and oceanic circulations right around our planet, and will look at how things are now changing – the Antarctic peninsula is experiencing some of the most rapidly rising temperatures on Earth, and scientists are finding worrying evidence that even the huge kilometres-thick polar ice cap is showing signs of strain.
Join us at the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee on Wednesday 8 November at 7.00pm to hear Peter’s lecture.
Admission is free.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Branch, our public lecture series this year will highlight five key developments in science and technology for each decade of the past 50 years, covering space exploration, climate change, computing, genetics and particle physics.
Our opening lecture on 4 October 2017 – the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 and the start of the Space Age – will be ‘New Horizons in the Solar System’, with Dr John Davies of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh.
John will present updates and science highlights from newly explored objects in the solar system: the main belt asteroid/dwarf planet Ceres which is being orbited by the Dawn spacecraft, the Rosetta/Philae mission to comet Cheryumov-Gerasimenko and the flyby of the Pluto-Charon system by NASA’s New Horizons mission. These will be constrasted with the state of the art for such missions when the Tayside and Fife Branch was formed some 50 years ago.
John’s career has has encompassed engineering on high performance aircraft and various astronomy missions, operations at the UK Infrared Telescope in Hawaii and co-ordinating a large EU astronomy grant. His scientific interests are in comets and asteroids, including the Trans-Neptunian objects. Asteroid 9064 is named Johndavies to mark his contributions to this field of science.
The diversity of the 3,400 planets already identified outside our solar system is far larger than we expected, such as gas giants orbiting close to the host star where storms rage. This talk will explain how we think these storms form and why many extrasolar planets may be covered in sparkling mineral clouds and filled with crackling of lightning.
Sparkling Clouds and Crackling Lightning in Extrasolar Planets will be held on Thursday 16th March 2017 at 7 pm in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee.
This public lecture is suitable for all ages and is free (no tickets required) – we look forward to seeing you there.
The Branch thanks the Institue of Physics in Scotland for their support for this lecture.