Science and Technology Public Lecture Series 2019

Free Public Lecture Series

5th November - 10th December 2019

Every autumn, the Faculty of Science and Technology presents a series of free public lectures, held at The Storey in Lancaster city centre. This year’s theme is Citizen Science.

Citizen Science is your chance to get involved in research or learn about research that you can take home to make a positive impact on your life.

Our fascinating talks, delivered by academics from across science and technology at Lancaster University cover a range of topics from the discovery of night sky phenomenon ‘STEVE’ to looking at how you can help combat the threat to the bee population.

Canapés and refreshments will be served.

For specific timings and to book your free place, please register using the link below each talk.

When Citizen Scientists met

When Citizen Scientists met "STEVE"

Date Tuesday 5th November 2019 Time 7.00-8.00pm Speaker Dr Nathan Case To Book When Citizen Scientists met "STEVE"

In this talk, Nathan will explore how citizen science led to the formal discovery of the night sky phenomenon “STEVE” and other opportunities for the public to be involved in contributing to research through AuroraWatch UK and Aurorasaurus. Dr Nathan Case is a Senior Research Associate who specialises in Space Physics.

Taking Lithium to London and Hydrogen to Heysham

Taking Lithium to London and Hydrogen to Heysham

Date Tuesday 12th November 2019 Time 7.00-8.00pm Speaker Professor Harry Hoster To Book Taking Lithium to London and Hydrogen to Heysham

This talk will highlight how battery technology knowledge creates new products at the London insurance market. It will further explore the role of hydrogen for large-scale energy storage and clean transport. This will include opportunities for the local region and how the public can be involved. Professor Harry Hoster is a Professor of Physical Chemistry and the Director of Energy Lancaster at Lancaster University.

There is no Planet B

There is no Planet B

Date Tuesday 19th November 2019 Time 7.00-8.30pm Speaker Professor Mike Berners-Lee To Book There is no Planet B

Mike Berners-Lee is a Professor in the Lancaster Environment Centre and Founder of Small World Consulting. Mike is an expert in greenhouse gas footprinting and recently appeared with Sir David Attenborough in “Climate Change: The Facts”.

This talk explores the environmental and economic challenges we face and the changes we can all make to help save our only planet!

Mike is considered an expert on carbon footprints and has published best sellers on the topic, including How Bad are Bananas: The Carbon Footprint of Everything and The Burning Question. Following the talk Mike will be happy to sign copies of his new book 'There is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years'.

Black Holes, Exoplanets and Hurricanes: The next generation of discoveries

Black Holes, Exoplanets and Hurricanes: The next generation of discoveries

Date Tuesday 26th November 2019 Time 7.00pm-8.00pm Speaker Dr Brooke Simmons To Book Black Holes, Exoplanets and Hurricanes

Dr Brooke Simmons is a Lecturer in Astrophysics at Lancaster University. Brooke's astrophysical research focuses on galaxy evolution and the co-evolution of supermassive black holes with their host galaxies.

Brooke is the Deputy Project Scientist for Galaxy Zoo and Principal Investigator of The Planetary Response Network. She works as part of the Zooniverse team to design and run citizen science projects based on research, and will be sharing details on how you can all get involved in Astrophysics and beyond!

Before joining Lancaster, Brooke was an Einstein Fellow at UC San Diego's Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences and the Henry Skynner Junior Research Fellow in Astrophysics at Balliol College, Oxford.

“Bee-ing” more friendly will help save our pollinators

“Bee-ing” more friendly will help save our pollinators

Date Tuesday 3rd December 2019 Time 7.00pm-8.00pm Speaker Dr Philip Donkersley To Book "Bee-ing" more friendly will help save our pollinators

Dr Philip Donkersley is a Senior Research Associate in the Lancaster Environment Centre. Philip is a specialist in the evolutionary and microbial ecology of insects.

His talk will explore how the public can directly help to combat the severe threat to the bee population through small scale interventions.

NEWtritional Year's Resolutions

NEWtritional Year's Resolutions

Date Tuesday 10th December 2019 Time 7.00pm-8.00pm Speaker Professor Sandra Sünram-Lea To Book NEWtritional Year's Resolutions

Sandra Sünram-Lea is a Professor of Psychology and is an expert on the effects of carbohydrates and nutrition in general on human cognition.

This talk will explore the effects of different dietary choices on our health and the New Year’s Resolutions you can make to start 2020 off as a healthy year for your body and brain!

Find Us

All events take place at the The Storey Institute, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH