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The Power of...

A series of free science and technology talks in Lancaster this autumn, delivered by Lancaster University academics.

Following the success of Lancaster University's 'Making Waves' physics lectures last autumn, this year's talks take the theme of power in science and technology.

The seven talks cover the latest science and technology research at Lancaster, from psychology to chemistry, to the new wonder material graphene and the future of cloud computing.

The weekly lecture series at Lancaster's Storey Institute starts on Tuesday 22 October. The talks are completely free, though you will need to book online.

List of talks

*FULLY BOOKED* Graphene: Small But Mighty

*FULLY BOOKED* Graphene: Small But Mighty

Dr Edward McCann, Department of Physics, Lancaster University

Tuesday 22 October 2013, 1900-2000
The Storey Institute, Lancaster

What is the thinnest material in the world? Paper? Cling-film? What about tissue paper? They are all incredibly thick when compared to graphene, which is as thin as a single atom. Despite its size, graphene has amazing properties: stronger than steel, but still bendy; transparent and able to conduct electricity better than copper. Dr Edward McCann explores the origins of graphene, its properties and possible uses, and its connection to the North of England. And perhaps, the most remarkable:...

*FULLY BOOKED* The Power of Tides: Generating Predictable Energy

*FULLY BOOKED* The Power of Tides: Generating Predictable Energy

Dr Stephen Quayle, Department of Engineering, Lancaster University

Tuesday 29 October 2013, 1900-2000
The Storey Institute, Lancaster

As the Earth and Moon pirouette a dance around the Sun, they generate a huge potential of tidal energy. Mankind has been exploiting this for centuries, however in recent times finite amounts of hydrocarbon energy resources, concerns over energy security and international agreements to go green, have launched a new wave of interest in using tidal power. Dr Stephen Quayle will talk through some of the technical solutions being offered and prospects for a predictable energy future.

The Power of Plants: Feeding the World Without Trashing the Planet

The Power of Plants: Feeding the World Without Trashing the Planet

Professor William Davies, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

Tuesday 05 November 2013, 1900-2000
The Storey Institute, Lancaster

How will we feed an extra two billion people by the middle of the next century? Focussing on supply chains for the UK and other, less-developed parts of the world, we will see that, while everyone would agree that 'food security' is 'a good thing', ideas about what it means in practice and how it should be achieved vary tremendously.

What's the Matter with Antimatter?

What's the Matter with Antimatter?

Professor Roger Jones, Department of Physics, Lancaster University

Tuesday 12 November 2013, 1900-2000
The Storey Institute, Lancaster

One of the biggest open questions in science to explain how we came to live in a world made up of ordinary matter when the fundamental physics processes we know so far predict that matter and antimatter should have been produced in almost exactly equal amounts. This talk will discuss the idea of antimatter, touch on some of its practical applications and will discuss measurements the Lancaster group is making at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to try to understand this mystery.

The Power of Parents Knowing What Their Toddlers Can Do

The Power of Parents Knowing What Their Toddlers Can Do

Dr Katie Alcock, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University

Tuesday 19 November 2013, 1900-2000
The Storey Institute, Lancaster

Toddlers are notoriously uncooperative - it goes with the territory. Developmental psychologists need to know what they can do. Dr Katie Alcock will be talking about how we use parents as reliable informants about their toddlers' and young children's abilities in language, movement, and thinking. We will also look into when parents are NOT very reliable in telling us about their children's abilities. When might it be risky to rely on parents' knowledge?

The Power of Plastics: Polymers Past, Present and Future

The Power of Plastics: Polymers Past, Present and Future

Dr Rachel Platel, Department of Chemistry, Lancaster University

Tuesday 26 November 2013, 1900-2000
The Storey Institute, Lancaster

Plastics are all around us. They are extremely versatile materials that can be manufactured to have a range of different properties. This allows us to use them for almost any application. Dr Rachel Platel explores the history of plastics and how they came to play a central role in our lives; reveals the science behind some of the unique properties of plastics and looks at current research into developing the smart polymers of the future.

The Power of the Cloud: Cloud Computing Supporting Big Science

The Power of the Cloud: Cloud Computing Supporting Big Science

Professor Gordon Blair, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University

Tuesday 03 December 2013, 1900-2000
The Storey Institute, Lancaster

Cloud computing is one of the most significant developments in computing in the last decade. Most attention has been focussed on areas such as open data and its support for eGovernment or data analytics in eCommerce. This talk will provide an introduction to cloud computing and why it is so significant.

Security Lancaster Seminar

Mr Nick Coleman, Global Head Cyber Intelligence, IBM

Thursday 06 March 2014, 1300-1400
Engineering Training Suite

Title: Cloud Security - evolving security for new environments.