Feb
27
Mon
Exile and Innocence w/@JamieCatto
Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm
Exile and Innocence w/@JamieCatto @ Book and Kitchen | England | United Kingdom

TESTIMONIALS

“…a polite warning; prolonged exposure to Jamie Catto could blow your mind…” – The Daily Telegraph

“Jamie Catto is kind, wise, open, boundlessly energetic, optimistic and passionate. I adore him.” – Stephen Fry

“Jamie Catto is a human icebreaker with a prow of determination and a motor of love, slicing through the frozen seas around us.” – Tom Robbins

Come and gather round the fireplace with Jamie Catto, creative catalyst and mischief maker (Faithless, 1 Giant Leap) and let’s chat about anything and everything that’s going on in your life and in the World.Jamie will be ready to answer any questions and delve into any subjects you feel are LIVE right now. Come and share space with Jamie and other lovely characters from all cover the world as we enjoy community and enquiry together.

The evening will run for 2 hours and Jamie will respond to questions and wonderings either sent in advance at jamie@jamiecatto.com or posted into the LIVE CHAT stream while we’re all Online together.

A kind of fireside Satsang for sharing and asking. Sound good? Join us at the Book and Kitchen and let’s explore anything with me that you like.

Turbulent times ahead for air travel?
Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Turbulent times ahead for air travel? @ The Royal Society, London | England | United Kingdom

Scientists are now discovering that climate change and air travel could be having huge impacts on each other.

Air travel emissions contribute to climate change, but in return rising sea levels threaten coastal airports and extreme weather causes flight delays. Warmer air makes take-off more difficult, flights are more likely to run into clear-air turbulence and a changing jet stream could cost millions in fuel as transatlantic flights are slowed.

Come along to discover more about how climate change might affect your future flights.

This Café Scientifique event is friendly and open to all, no prior knowledge required. Bring a curious mind and put your questions to the expert. Free entry, no registration required.

Plato’s Symposium and Diotima’s path of love
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Plato's Symposium and Diotima's path of love @ Cecil Sharp House | England | United Kingdom

What is Love, and what part does it play in the world and in human aspiration?

Platonic philosophy takes the serious seeker of beauty and truth beyond the merely rational – as useful as reason is – and in his Phaedrus Plato calls the inspiration of Eros the “best of all enthusiasms.”

Plato’s Symposium is a series of speeches in praise of Eros made by the cultured men of classical Athens – but to this party Socrates conjures the presence of the mysterious priestess Diotima who outlines a “ladder of love” which, she says, we should climb. She explores the relationship of Desire-love to beauty, of lover to beloved, of philosopher to wisdom, and of soul to virtue; and in so doing she acts as an initiator in the “mysteries of Love.” After a brief introduction to what has preceded her speech in the dialogue, we will read passages from it and discuss the ideas she puts forward.

No previous experience of formal philosophy is required.

Entrance in free, but donations between £3-5 will be welcomed.

A PDF download of the extract we will be reading is available on our website together with further details of this and other Prometheus Trust’s activities: www.prometheustrust.co.uk (the PDF is on the “London Monday Evenings” page.)

Feb
28
Tue
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 8/10
Feb 28 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 8/10 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

In this series of 10 lectures, Nicole Mezey will examine how no single theme has so preoccupied the western artist as has Christianity. It is the only one of the world’s great monotheistic faiths to allow, indeed to encourage, representation, and the history, narratives and practice of the Faith are richly reflected in its art. Cherubim and chasubles, Passion and pilgrimages, Samson and St. Lucy – this course explores a range of Christian themes, some of the devotional and other forms in which they were expressed, and the experiences and ideas which inspired them.

PRAYER AND PRACTICE 

In this lecture we will see how the artefacts of the church, from vestments to altarpieces, are linked to the practices of devotion, whether in the cycles of the year or the key moments of human life. These trappings have, over the centuries, exercised the greatest talents of painters, metalworkers and embroiderers to inspire a coherent and powerful legacy.

 

Empire of the Eye
Feb 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Empire of the Eye @ Hunterian Museum | England | United Kingdom

Empire of the Eye: Indian oculists, British surgeons and the trans-imperial development of Victorian cataract surgery

Speaker – Kristin Hussey
Before the bombing in 1941, the Royal College of Surgeons boasted an impressive collection of eye specimens, including over a hundred globes sent from India by surgeon Robert Henry Elliot. These eyes showed the trauma caused by couching, a method of removing cataracts used by indigenous Indian practitioners. Yet this technique was not limited to the Raj, with itinerant oculists plying their trade in the imperial metropolis of London. Kristin will discuss how we can see the eye, and eye surgery, as a unique crystallization point in medical ideas travelling from East to West and back again.

Lunchtime lectures last approximately 45 minutes plus time for questions.
All lunchtime lectures are supported with live Speech-to-text delivered by Stagetext for D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.

Tickets: £4 – booking essential on 020 7869 6568

Haunted data, weird science and archives of the future
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Haunted data, weird science and archives of the future @ Lecture Theatre LG01, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths, University of London | England | United Kingdom

Weird Science includes all kinds of phenomena, entities and practices, which present puzzling anomalies and challenges to conventional thinking. In some cases phenomena are associated with the occult or supernatural, as well as forming the focus of anomalistic psychology and cognitive science. In recent years the area of weird science has also become of interest to media and cultural studies scholars interested in contagion, suggestion and imitation, within the context of the ‘turn to affect’. In this talk Lisa will explore some of these productive interchanges and intersections and invite an opening to some of the submerged narratives and displaced actors and agencies that govern the field. She will present material from her new book, Haunted Data: Transmedia, Affect, Weird Science and Archives of the Future. The book explores the relationship between science and storytelling and argues that science is always governed by more stories than can be told at any particular moment. These stories re-surface and are re-moved (that is put back into circulation) in relation to two contemporary controversies in the area of weird science that gained a reach and traction across social media within the context of post-publication-peer-review. These controversies (John Bargh priming controversy and Daryl Bem Feeling the Future) will form the subject of the talk. Lisa will invite the audience to suspend their disbelief and open to what it might mean to experiment with the improbable and the impossible.

Biography
Lisa Blackman works at the intersection of body studies, critical psychology and media and cultural theory and is particularly interested in subjectivity, affect, the body and embodiment. She has published four books in this area. The most recent is Immaterial Bodies: Affect, Embodiment, Mediation (2012, Sage). Her work in the area of embodiment and voice hearing has been recognized and commended for its innovative approach to mental health research and it has been acclaimed by the Hearing Voices Network, Intervoice, and has been taken up in professional psychiatric contexts. This includes her book, Hearing Voices: Embodiment and Experience (Free Association Books, 2001). She has just completed a manuscript Haunted Data: Transmedia, Affect, Weird Science and Archives of the Future. She is currently the co-Head of the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Temporality & Painting
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm
Temporality & Painting @ Gallery Elena Shchukina | England | United Kingdom

Elena Shchukina invites you to an exclusive talk on temporality and painting from artist and curator Dr. Anne Robinson, to accompany our current exhibition, Sensitive Water Mapping by Amélie Ducommun.

Living Knowledge: The British Library Today
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Living Knowledge: The British Library Today @ The British Library | England | United Kingdom

British Library Chief Executive Roly Keating reflects on the work of libraries

In a special event to open our season in celebration of libraries, British Library Chief Executive Roly Keating reflects on the work, role and riches of the British Library. From ancient manuscripts and websites to maps and sounds, the Library preserves and makes available to all an astounding range of material. Roly talks to Gaby Wood, Head of Books for The Daily Telegraph about the joys and challenges of stewarding one of the world’s great collections

Mar
1
Wed
The Course, Creation (Sea and Sky) 3/15
Mar 1 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, Creation (Sea and Sky) 3/15 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

This inspirationally compelling new course creates strength and variety from the vastness of its subject: the Creation of the World and everything in it as encountered by artists and writers throughout the centuries. Now we can read, look at, see what they saw from hill-top, valley-side, shore-line, doorway and windowsill across land, sea and sky: the Earth, and human life in all its glory and diversity. Each week’s programme names just some of the featured artists and writers.

Sea and Sky

Their kindred blues and greys make us yearn towards the mirage of their meeting, often hidden by cloud, storm, the towering swell. Elgar’s Sea Pictures poems; Coleridge, Masefield, Hardy, Tolstoy, Whitman, Blake, Katherine Mansfield, Edna St Vincent Millay, C S Lewis, Keats, Clare; Friedrich, Burne-Jones, Watts, Monet, di Cosimo, Raphael, Courbet, Landseer, Hopper, Renoir, Dali, Seurat, Rubens, van Ruisdael, Turner, Constable, Church, van Gogh, Tiepolo, Gauguin, Hiroshige, Titian, O’Keefe.

                       

Inside the Engine: from Chemistry to Human Health
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Inside the Engine: from Chemistry to Human Health @ The Royal Society of Chemistry | England | United Kingdom

This one-day symposium organised by the Environmental Chemistry Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry explores the chemistry of diesel engines emissions, emissions policy, and how it’s affecting human health.

The 2017 ECG Distinguished Guest Lecture will be provided by Professor Frank Kelly from King’s College London.

Traffic pollution and health in London, Umea and Beijing

In cities across the globe, road transport remains an important source of air pollutants that are linked with acute and chronic health effects. In the last 20 years my group have investigated these associations in human challenge chamber studies in Umea, Sweden; real-world exposure scenarios in London and recently the link between traffic emissions and health in the megacity Beijing, China. In this talk I’ll review our findings and those from other groups to hopefully convince you that we need to advance beyond a fossil fuel based road transport system.

Professor Frank J Kelly BSc, PhD, FRSB

Professor Kelly holds the chair in Environmental Health at King’s College London, where he is Director of the Environmental Research Group, Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit on Environmental Hazards and Deputy Director of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment & Health.
Prof Kelly leads a substantial research activity which spans all aspects of air pollution research from toxicology to science policy. He has led studies of the urban airshed within London including the impact of the introduction of London’s Congestion Charging Zone and Low Emission Zone. Other work examines the toxicity of PM associated metals and quinones, diesel and biodiesel exhaust emissions, wood smoke and the identification of biomarkers of traffic exposure.

Prof Kelly has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers as well as many conference papers and books (as author or editor) on the toxicology and health effects of ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particulate pollution. In addition to his academic work Prof Kelly is past President of the European Society for Free Radical Research and past Chairman of the British Association for Lung Research. He provides policy support to the WHO on air pollution issues and he is Chairman of COMEAP the Department of Health’s Expert Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants.

Discovering People: @ShappiKhorsandi
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Discovering People: @ShappiKhorsandi @ Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) | England | United Kingdom

Join us for this conversation with comedian, broadcaster and author Shappi Khorsandi as she explores how geography has shaped her thoughts and influenced her life. Shappi will share significant events and reflect on turning points in her life, providing an insight into some of the issues – gender, political correctness, religion, family, freedom and multicultural society – she addresses in her literary and stage work.

Shappi will be interviewed by Martine Croxall (BBC).

About Shappi Khorsandi

Born in Tehran, Shappi was brought up in West London following the publication of a poem composed by her satirist father Hadi Khorsandi, which was seen as critical of the revolutionary regime in Iran. The family fled in exile, death threats ensued and, unable to return, the family gained asylum, with London becoming their unexpected permanent home.

Shappi’s bestselling literary debut A beginner’s guide to acting English describes her experiences on coming to England; it received the prestigious James Joyce award from Dublin University. Published in 2016, her first novel Nina is not OK tackles heavy issues, including addiction, and explores coming-of-age, the power of social media and the fragility of friendships.

Shappi started her comedy career in 1997 and describes feeling like she’d “walked on the moon” following her first gig. She has taken part in BBC comedy shows Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s comedy roadshow, Quote… unquote and Just a minute. Her solo stand-up shows include Asylum speaker, Distracted activist and Oh my country, which she describes as “reclaiming patriotism” and “a love letter to her adopted land.”

She has also contributed to several factual programmes for BBC television and radio, including Question Time, QI and Shappi talk, which explored growing up in a multi-cultural family.

As current President of the British Humanist Association, Shappi comments that “morals, principles, ideas and philosophies are not exclusive to believers”.

Deceivers, Doppelgangers and Degenerates
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm
Deceivers, Doppelgangers and Degenerates @ Old King's Head | England | United Kingdom

Animals are dazzlingly diverse, yet we know next to nothing about them, from how many species there are to how they live. Why is this? In this talk, Dr Ross Piper, zoologist, entomologist and explorer, answers this question

Mar
2
Thu
Ageing with autism spectrum disorder and autism traits: What don’t we know?
Mar 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ageing with autism spectrum disorder and autism traits: What don’t we know? @ RHB 110 (Cinema), Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London | England | United Kingdom

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) were first identified in the 1940s and was not included in diagnostic manuals until 1980. To date most research on ASD has been conducted on children, therefore we know very little about how individuals with ASD change as they age. Individuals with ASD may be at risk for steeper than typical age-related decline, or they may have developed strategies that protect against the effects of ageing. I will provide an overview of what we do and do not know about ageing with ASD; and describe recent studies from the Goldage lab examining ASD across the lifespan and in the broad autism phenotype.

Biography
Dr Rebecca Charlton joined the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, in January 2013. Dr Charlton’s primary interest is in ageing, specifically the relationship between changes in the brain and cognitive abilities, including executive functions and social abilities. Dr Charlton is particularly interested in the impact of vascular health on cognition in both typical and atypical ageing and lifespan development. She has examined cognitive difficulties associated with late-life depression and low mood in otherwise healthy older adults. Recently Dr. Charlton has been examining cognitive ageing in autism spectrum disorders and those with autism traits. Prior to moving to Goldsmiths, she worked at the University of Illinois at Chicago, St George’s University of London, and the Institute of Psychiatry in London. Dr Charlton completed her PhD at St George’s University of London in 2006 on the impact of vascular changes in the brain on cognitive ageing. Prior to that she completed a Master’s degree (Lancaster University) and her undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology (University of Central Lancashire).

Wall Street and Main Street: Dilemmas for management strategy
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Wall Street and Main Street: Dilemmas for management strategy @ The British Academy | England | United Kingdom

Financial actors have increasingly influenced business strategy, and in turn, the organisation of work and human resource management. By sharpening a focus on short-term shareholder returns, they encourage the outsourcing of work, substitution of technology for labour, and minimisation of long-term employment relations. This approach undermines organisational capabilities and investments in human capital designed to produce innovation, sustainable advantage, and employment stability. This paper explores a range of alternatives designed to rebuild patient capital and create a longer term strategy for organisational innovation and competitiveness – one that can balance the needs of many stakeholders while building sustainable economies.

Speaker: Professor Rosemary Batt, Cornell University
Chaired by: Professor Colin Mayer CBE FBA, University of Oxford

About the speaker:
Rosemary Batt is the Alice Hanson Cook Professor of Women and Work at the ILR School, Cornell University. She received her BA from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from MIT. Her current research focuses on financialization and globalization and their impact on firm behavior, HR management, and employment relations.

FREE. Registration not required. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis

Computing for the future of the planet
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Digital technology is becoming an indispensable and crucial component of our lives, society, and the physical environment.

A challenge is how to use the power of computing to deal with the problems facing the world. In his talk, Professor Andy Hopper will present a framework for the role of computing in dealing with sustainability of the planet. The framework has a number of goals: an optimal digital infrastructure; sensing and optimising the use of resources in the physical world; guaranteeing the performance of indispensable systems; and digital alternatives to physical activities.

Join us to hear Professor Hopper discuss practical industrial examples alongside research goals and societal challenges and dilemmas.

Attending the event:

Free to attend
No registration required
Doors open from 18:00 and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
British Sign Language interpretation is available on request. Please let the Events Team know at least two weeks prior to the event

Epigenetics: Better Living Through (New Frontiers in Medicinal) Chemistry
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm
Epigenetics: Better Living Through (New Frontiers in Medicinal) Chemistry @ Royal Society of Chemistry | United Kingdom

While the iconic double helix structure of DNA encoding the blueprint of life is a familiar idea, and the genetic code well established, the epigenetic code is a much newer and more controversial concept. Epigenetics refers to heritable changes characteristics that can be influences by the environment, but which do not result from changes in the genetic code. Meaning literally “above genetics”, epigenetics is an area of intense interest in medicinal chemistry, biology, and medicine.

Professor Stuart Conway will introduce current understanding of the molecular basis of epigenetic processes, and explain how these findings are being exploited in medicinal chemistry to develop medicines with innovative new mechanisms of action.

The Compatibility Gene w/@dandavishello
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm
The Compatibility Gene w/@dandavishello @ Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus  | England | United Kingdom

A tiny cluster of our 25,000 genes are disproportionately involved in defining who we are: how we fight disease, how our brains are wired and perhaps even how compatible we are with other people. This is the remarkable 60 year story of the discovery of these genes and traces the revolution in our understanding of our health, our relationships and our individuality.

There are around 25,000 human genes. We each have a similar set of these genes but those that vary the most from person to person are: our compatibility genes.

These few genes, argues Daniel M. Davis, influence which diseases we are susceptible and resistant to, whether our tissue and organs can be used in transplantation, what our chances of successful reproduction are, how our brains are wired, and perhaps even how compatible we are with one another.

In exploring the history of these genes’ discovery, and the unfolding of their secrets, Daniel M. Davis seeks an answer to questions of how genetic compatibility affects our relationships, reproduction, medical research and ethics – and, looking to the future, considers the startling possibilities of what our knowledge of these genes might mean for you and me.

Mar
3
Fri
Attorney-General of Her Majesty’s Lunatics
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

John Perceval, son of the murdered Prime Minister, spent three years in asylums after becoming unwell at the age of 27. Following his recovery he became a campaigner for reform of the lunacy laws and better treatment of asylum patients, once referring to himself as ‘the attorney general of Her Majesty’s lunatics’. Robin Holtom, art therapist and writer, introduces Perceval’s religion, politics and mental health advocacy.

Biased science
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Biased science @ Royal Institution | England | United Kingdom

We can’t always control what our brains do and, unconsciously, many of us are racist, sexist and biased without meaning to be. Join sociologist Louise Archer, business psychologist Binna Kandola, astrophysicist Emma Chapman and the IOP’s Gender Balance Manager pre-19 Jessica Rowson as they explore the biased world of science.

Louise Archer is Professor of Sociology of Education at King’s College London. She is the Principal Investigator of the ASPIRES and ASPIRES2 projects, a long-term study of children’s science aspirations and career choices.

Emma Chapman is a Royal Astronomical Society fellow based at Imperial College London and studies the early Universe. She is the winner of the 2014 Very Early Career Woman Physicist of the Year award.

Binna Kandola is a business psychologist and diversity, assessment and development specialist. He is the author of two books on unconscious bias in organisations: ‘The Invention of Difference: The story of gender bias at work’ and ‘The Value of Difference: Eliminating bias in organisations

Jessica Rowson is the Gender Balance manager pre-19 for the Institute of Physics. The 2015 Opening Doors report by the IOP recommended ways to counter gender stereotyping in schools and the Institution has since been working with students and teachers about how their unconscious biases could impact the classroom environment.

Mar
4
Sat
Release Your Inner Optimist
Mar 4 @ 11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Release Your Inner Optimist @ Dalston CLR James Library | England | United Kingdom

Free talk organised by Inner Space, Covent Garden.

We all have an inner optimist! It’s always upbeat, hopeful and finding the silver linings.

Research has found that optimists are genuinely happier, healthier and wealthier. And because they choose to focus on possibilities and opportunities in every situation – they give themselves a better chance for success.

Join us to understand how to release your inner optimist and stay optimistic, no matter what.

Mar
5
Sun
Taking Control of Anger
Mar 5 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Taking Control of Anger @ Pirate Castle | England | United Kingdom

Free talk organised by Inner Space, Covent Garden.

We all get angry, but getting angry isn’t the problem. The problem happens when we let anger get under our skin, and let it overtake our perspective and reasoning. This just creates more problems.

Whether expressed or suppressed, anger doesn’t feel good or look good, and it’s also not good for our relationships, health or emotional wellbeing. So, how about taking control of anger before it controls you!

Join us for tips on how to:
– discover how anger affects you
– uncover what triggers your anger
– stop turning anger inwards
– defuse and release your anger

Take control of anger, and you can transform it into something positive. Turn furious into curious, irritation into inspiration, and frustration into positive action.

Mar
6
Mon
Future Health
Mar 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Future Health @ Aviva Digital Garage | England | United Kingdom

Science is going through a revolution.

The world of tech, startups, makers, innovators and collaborators are beginning to be welcomed in to the scientific ecosystem in a way never seen before.

Science: Disrupt brings together the innovators, iconoclasts and entrepreneurs intent on creating change in science.

Join us at Aviva’s Digital Garage for our 5th Science: Disrupt London Session where we return to the theme of FUTURE HEALTH. We’ll be talking Surgical Robotics, Regenerative Medicine, HealthTech Innovation, and of course anything else you want to add in our Q&A panel!

Neuroscience Myths in Education w/@edujdw
Mar 6 @ 7:30 pm
Neuroscience Myths in Education w/@edujdw @ The Monarch | England | United Kingdom

One of the most persistent edumyths is learning styles – the idea that there are a number of styles of learning, such as visual, aural or kinaesthetic – and that certain children respond better if teaching is directed towards their preferred learning style. Another used to be ‘brain gym’ – the idea that rubbing key parts of your body could wake your brain up or drinking water gives you energy.

Lots of other edumyths abound – but why do people believe them? Why have we rejected Father Christmas but cling on to the idea that we only use 10% of our brains? In this talk we begin to explore what we believe, why we believe and how sometimes even direct evidence isn’t enough.

James Williams graduated in Geology and trained as a science teacher at the University of London. He then taught science in London and Surrey. He is now a lecturer in education at the University of Sussex.

In 2006 he filmed a six-part TV history/reality series for Channel 4 called ‘That’ll teach ’em’, taking the role of the deputy head and housemaster in the fictional Charles Darwin school teaching 30 teenagers 1950s style.

His research interests currently revolve around teachers and their knowledge and understanding of the nature of science’ and the scientific method. This leads to work on a better understanding of the ‘Working Scientifically’ approach in the new National Curriculum and public examinations. He also researches the teaching of evolution and the issues surrounding creationism in schools.

Mar
7
Tue
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 9/10
Mar 7 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
The Course, The Arts of Christianity 9/10 @ The Course at The University Women's Club | London | England | United Kingdom

Founded in 1994, THE COURSE offers art history lectures, opera and literature courses, guided museum visits and London walks.

In this series of 10 lectures, Nicole Mezey will examine how no single theme has so preoccupied the western artist as has Christianity. It is the only one of the world’s great monotheistic faiths to allow, indeed to encourage, representation, and the history, narratives and practice of the Faith are richly reflected in its art. Cherubim and chasubles, Passion and pilgrimages, Samson and St. Lucy – this course explores a range of Christian themes, some of the devotional and other forms in which they were expressed, and the experiences and ideas which inspired them.

PILGRIMAGE

This lecture will look at Pilgrimage – one of the defining experiences of the medieval world, crossing the social divide, as Chaucer described. Pilgrims were a familiar sight on the roads of Europe, frequently represented, and the major trails were marked by distinctive buildings and artistic treasures funded by the passing hordes of the faithful.

The Design of Advanced Steels
Mar 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Steels represent the most complex of materials known to man, with countless ways in which the variety of atoms within can be arranged to achieve impressive properties. This complexity makes design interesting because like any good design problem, there will exist many solutions that satisfy the final goal.

The design process can be costly, both in terms of time and monetary resources, so the trend is to exploit mathematical modelling based on a deep understanding of the subject to lubricate the process. However, mathematical models are not a panacea in the study or design of steels. This is because we simply do not understand many aspects of physical metallurgy, nor can we express all that is known into a quantitative framework. There is no `theory of everything’ in any subject.

In this lecture I will demonstrate how entirely new classes of iron alloys can be created to fulfill the tasks of extreme engineering, and which can be produced on a massive scale. Principles that help make judgements on whether a material can ever be successful in structural applications will be described, in the context of claims that certain materials can be hundreds of times stronger than steel.

This lecture is free to attend, book your place today and we look forward to welcoming you in March.