Our first lecture of 2016 is ‘Mathematics – the Framework of Life‘ by Dr Fordyce Davidson, Head of the Division of Mathematics at the University of Dundee.
It’s a common perception that mathematics has been designed purely to torture school pupils and has no relevance to “the real world”. In fact, as this lecture will demonstrate, we interact with mathematics throughout our daily lives, and mathematical tools are being used to address some of the most fundamental challenges facing mankind today.
The lecture, which is free and open to all, will be held in the Kydd Building of Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee, at 7.00 pm on Thursday 28th January 2016.
The next lecture in our series will be held on Tuesday 10 November, when Dr Mark Read of the University of Birmingham will speak on ‘Chemistry and Energy: From Steam to Nuclear Power’. The lecture starts at 7.00pm in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre at the Tower Building of the University of Dundee.
Our 2015-16 Public Lecture Series gets underway on Wednesday 7th October with Rob Richardson of Leeds University telling us about his team’s robotic survey of the interior of the Great Pyramid at Giza. Come along and hear his fascinating tale of engineering, archaeology and Egyptology!
The full programme details for the 2015-16 public lecture series are now available on the website. We have a wonderfully varied and thought-provoking selection of lectures this session; remember, all lectures are free and open to anyone interested in finding out more about science and technology and they role they play on our everyday lives.
We look forward to seeing you!
We’re now putting the final touches to our forthcoming public lecture series which starts in October, and the full details will be available on the ‘Public Lectures’ page of the website very soon. In the meantime, we can promise you a fascinating and diverse range of topics!
We’ll be taking a robotic journey into the Great Pyramid of Giza, and finding out how maths can help us solve some of the fundamental problems facing us today; looking at the role of chemistry in the production and harnessing of energy, and discovering how plants may hold the answer to food and fuel security in the future; and investigating sight and the visual centres of the brain.
We hope you can join us for another season of cutting-edge science and technology!
We are pleased to be supporting one of the workshop activities at the Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival at Cambo House near St Andrews, which runs from 10.00 am to 7.30 pm on Friday 10 July.
Amazing Drawing Machines! will be led by kinetic sculpture artist Lara Greene, giving participants the opportunity to create beautiful& curious drawings using machines powered by pendulums. There will also be the chance to have a go at creating your own unique drawing machines, learning how simple combinations of levers & link rods can move in surprising ways!
Also on hand will be David Bradley, an engineer who has worked on the design of complex systems such as robots. David will explain the technical processes & introduce other aspects of engineering design including structures, machines & numbers.
The workshops are aimed at ages 8 and over, and the 1-hour long sessions will begin at 10.30 am, 12.00 noon, 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm. Further details of the workshops and all the other activities running as part of the Festival can be found here.
The next public lecture, and the last of our 2014-15 lecture season, will be given by Professor Carol Mackintosh of the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, on Thursday 19 March 2015.
Titled ‘Who Do You Think You Are? The 500-million-years-ago Edition’, Carol will show how an evolutionary leap in our ancient ancestry boosted communication systems, with the result that the cells in our bodies are better at sorting multiple messages than even the smartest of smartphones. She will also explain how genetic mutations in cancers cause the information flow through these networks to be misdirected, suggesting new anti-cancer strategies.
The lecture, which is free, will be held in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee, starting at 7.00pm.
The lecture is presented as part of the 2015 Dundee Women in Science Festival, and is supported by BioDundee.
Our next public lecture on Wednesday 25 February at 7.00 pm is by Mr Sean Donaldson, Babcock International Group, Rosyth, who will be telling us about the the construction and assembly of HMS Queen Elizabeth at Rosyth on the River Forth. This huge engineering project is on a scale that few can imagine, and in the lecture you can see how this magnificent new warship has being assembled. Sections of the hull and the two control towers have been built in six shipyards and the sections moved to Rosyth to be assembled.
The lecture will be held in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, Dundee University, and the lecture is free and open to all.
We are grateful to the Babcock International Group who are supporting this lecture.
The next in series of free public lectures is by Dr George Weir of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde.
This lecture will examine the growth in wireless communication, which hints at a future in which familiar home appliances will interconnect to enable information exchange and decision-making based on data from multiple devices. While this may offer a Utopia of radical automation including domestic management, healthcare and just-in-time production, can we actually achieve a robust and reliable interconnected world free from tampering and service breakdown?
The lecture will be held in the Kydd Building of the University of Abertay, Bell Street, Dundee starting at 7.00pm.
We are very grateful to BCS who have generously supported this lecture.
The next in our series of free public lectures is given by Mr Ghulam Nabi, Senior Clinical Lecture in Surgical Uro-Oncology at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
Titled “When a Man’s Best Friend Turns Against Him: The Truth About Prostate Cancer”, the lecture will explain why men in their later years are vulnerable to this cancer, which kills more than 800 people in Scotland annually. While it has always been difficult to predict the life expectancy of those diagnosed with prostate cancer, new diagnostic methods and treatments are greatly increasing the chances of survival, much to the relief of patients and their families.
This important and timely lecture is supported by Prostate Scotland, and delivered as part of the Dundee Science Festival.
The lecture, which is free, will be held in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee at 7pm on Thursday 13 November.