Previous Years' Programmes

For the lectures in the current season see the  Lecture Programme  page

This is a record of the lecture programme from previous years

Programme 2018-19

Date Subject Speaker
12 Sep
Applying Maths in Medical Imaging
Assisting the diagnosis of liver cancers from ultrasound videos
Dr Gordon Hunter
Kingston University
10 Oct Measuring the Earth from Space
- and being a woman in science
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting. Wine & nibbles after the talk.
Dr Emma Wooliams
National Physical Laboratory
24 Oct Climate Change: Science, Policy and Opinion
David Warrilow
Royal Meteorological Society
28 Nov Quantum Biology
- from animal migration to future cell therapies
Dr Alex Jones
National Physical Laboratory
19 Dec Scanning Probe Microscopy
Measurements in the nanoscale
(Christmas meeting with wine and nibbles)
Andrés Muñiz Piniella
16 Jan
NMR Spectroscopy
- a miscellany of molecular microscopy
Dr Paul Driscoll
The Francis Crick Institute
13 Feb
Things we have measured at the NPL Fiona Auty
National Physical Laboratory
13 Mar
Women in Zoology Ann Sylph
Zoological Society of London
10 Apr
Forensic Science - DNA Evidence Dr Georgina Meakin MCFSF FHEA
University College London
15 May
Deep Learning Professor James Orwell
Kingston University.

Programme 2017-18





13 Sep

How do we know anything? And how can we know things better?
Why measurement matters. The imminent redefinition of four SI units

Dr Michael de Podesta
National Physical Laboratory

11 Oct

South East Asian Geology
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting. Wine & nibbles after the talk.

Prof Robert Hall
Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University

25 Oct

Sopwith Biplanes

David Hassard
The Hawker Association

8 Nov

Aerodynamics of today's Megastructures

Stefano Cammelli
BMT Fluid Mechanics, Teddington

13 Dec

Forensic Microscopy - Tales from the past
(Christmas meeting with wine and nibbles)

Pam Hamer
Retired Forensic Scientist

17 Jan

The History of Anaesthesia

Dr Douglas Justins

14 Feb

The Geology of Italy
Plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, art and scenery

Dr Lidia Lonergan
Imperial College London

14 Mar


Simon Silvester
RSS member

11 Apr

Conservation of Photographic Materials

Jacquie Moon
The National Archives, Kew

9 May

Medieval Mottes and Prehistoric Mounds

Dr James Leary
Reading University

Programme 2016-17






7 Sep

Life on Mars

Prof Andrew Coates
Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London

5 Oct

The Plastic Ocean: a global pollution problem
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting. Wine & nibbles after the talk.

Ronan McAdam
Grantham Institute, Imperial College London [ICL]

26 Oct

Climate geo-engineering

Prof Joanna Haigh, Co-director,
Grantham Institute of Climate Change & Environment, ICL

23 Nov

The Curiosity Rover on Mars

Jerry Workman,
Hampstead Observatory

14 Dec

The selection of the right material: bottles to jet engines to brakes
(Christmas meeting with wine and nibbles)

Prof Rees Rawlings
Imperial College London

25 Jan

The importance of geology versus biology in Government marine policy

Prof Paul Leonard,
Visiting Professor at Brunel

22 Feb

Emerging Contaminants in the Environment:
implications for Human Health

Dr Nick Voulvoulis
Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London

22 Mar

4D Science:
how we use synchrotron x-ray glasses to see inside a volcano

Prof Peter D Lee
Acting Director, Research Complex at Harwell

12 Apr

Laser remote sensing of fugitive gas emissions

Dr Tom Gardiner
National Physical Laboratory

17 May

Spider silks and webs

Yue Jin Oh
Oxford Silk Group, Zoology Dept., Oxford University

Programme 2015-16




9 Sep

Fusion power - safe, clean, inexhaustible nuclear power: do we need it, and is it possible?

Dr Alan Costley

7 Oct

New Horizons: space-probe mission to Pluto
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting. Wine & Nibbles after the talk.

Dr Mike Goldsmith
Science writer

21 Oct

Cold atoms: from fundamental physics to precision measurements

Dr Vera Guarrera
National Physical Laboratory

11 Nov

Colour Perception

Bill Stevenson
Society of Dyers and Colourists

9 Dec

Non-native invasives in freshwater
(Christmas meeting with wine and nibbles)

Joe Pecorelli
Zoological Society, London

20 Jan

Future of wireless communications: higher frequencies, higher data rates, shorter distances

Prof Alwyn Seeds
University College London

17 Feb

Applied plasma physics: the new frontiers of space propulsion and medicine

Dr Thomas Harle
Fourth State Medicine

16 Mar

Lecture for National Science Week
Inter-stellar chemistry observed from the Herschel space observatory 2010

Prof Geoffrey Duxbury
University of Strathclyde

13 Apr

Electronic Music

Andrew Hanson
Outreach Manager, NPL

11 May

Sustainable livestock grazing systems

Jamie McFadzean
Rothamsted Research,
North Wyke and University of Exeter

 Earlier Programmes 2001-02 to 20014-15