Lecture Programme

FRIDAY LECTURES AT 7.45pm on the THIRD FRIDAY of every month from September to May, unless otherwise indicated

Visitors are welcome at all meetings, and are requested to donate £3 to the Society.


2018-2019 Season

We are currently putting together our programme for the next season running from September 18 to May 19 inclusive.  Lecture titles may change, as may the lectures themselves.  Updated information will appear here as we have it.

January 18th 2019: The Recovery of the Tidal Thames and its Fisheries: Steve Colclough FIFM, C.Env.

February 15th 2019: Process Intensification in the Chemical Industry: Prof. Asterios Gavriilidis, University College London

Historically most chemical reactions have been performed in large reactors or in large continuous plants. Micro-reactors are a recent development where the reaction takes place in a very small reactive zone
allowing precise temperature control, excellent mixing, high pressures and substantial reducing of risk for highly exothermic reactions. The design of such reactions is a chemical engineering challenge requiring new fabrication techniques and a thorough understanding of fluid mechanics. 

March 15th 2019: More Alike than unlike - Studying Biology Across Kingdoms: Dr Elinor Thompson, University of Greenwich

Some aspects of cell biology are seen in all organisms.  The talk will highlight some discoveries and techniques that are relevant in biomedicine from work mostly based on studies in plants and microbes.

April 19th 2019: Bio-inspired Technologies - Dr Joseph Fabian, Imperial College

In the natural world there are unique products and technologies that can be used directly or slightly modified to benefit mankind.  Some of these discoveries will be discussed including the 'strain-gauges present in dragonfly wings' which allow superb manoeuverability, and the adhesive produced by a frog that adheres strongly to wet surfaces and could find applications in medicine

May 17th 2019: Gut Bacteria: Dr Lindsay J Hall, Quadram Institute Bioscience, Norwich Research Park

There are more bacteria than cells in the human body and these live primarily in the digestive system.  They provide a critical role in digestion, the immune function and weight regulation.  Their role and mechanisms will be presented in this talk.

PLEASE NOTE THAT the programme can change so be sure to check closer to the date, if there is a particular lecture of interest to you.  Also note that the titles of talks are provisional, and can change.  Again, check closer to the date.