Talks & Courses

Maritime Lecture Series: Putting the World on your Plate

What do ships have to do with food? Well, more than just naval rations. Throughout the Tudor and Stuart eras the ships of the British Isles explored the globe to bring back the exotics of the world to the plates of diners at home. Food Historian Marc Meltonville will take us through the tables of wealthy diners to examine the history of nutmeg, chocolate and even the fork in this comprehensive overview of how the changing face of the globe affected food, drink and dining.

Flamsteed Lecture: The Search for Life on Mars by Dr Peter Grindrod

In essence, studies of water and the habitability of Mars will drive and constrain the search for life in the coming decade and beyond. There is compelling evidence that the atmosphere and climate of Mars have affected the global distribution and chemistry of water, ultimately controlling the habitability of the planet. Martian stratigraphy provides a rich record of the paleoclimate and paleohydrology of the planet, revealing changes in the surface environment over a range of timescales. The current paradigm presents a Mars that has become less habitable with time.

Edmond Halley; astronomer, geophysicist, adventurer and Astronomer Royal

His career spanned celestial cartography, an Oxford Professorship, a daring explorer-captaincy in the Royal Navy, service as a diplomat, and Astronomer Royal.  Meteorology, geology, and the ancient, pre-human history of the earth were early subjects of original research for him.  And he possessed great charm, humour, and a love of fun. I suspect that he was excellent company as well.

Flamsteed Lecture: The Volatile Universe

To the casual observer, the heavens may seem rather unchanging: the steady procession of the constellations as the Earth spins on its path around the Sun, punctuated by the wandering of the planets, the regular cycle of the Moon and the occasional spectacular appearance of a comet. To the more discerning observer though, the sky is far from steady. Indeed with the advantage of modern technology, the Universe is remarkably volatile. In this talk, Tim will discuss some current examples of how the Universe continues to surprise us on timescales ranging from years to fractions of a second.

Universe Unseen

After giving a short primer talk on each of their topics (including the hunt for dark matter, the detection of gravitational waves and using light our eyes can't detect to study galaxies), the panel will assemble to discuss how you can make the invisible, visible and what the challenges and rewards are in doing this. All in all there is definitely more to this event than meets the eye!

Age 14+

Speakers: Dr. Tessa Baker (University of Oxford), Joanna Ramasawmy (University of Hertfordshire), Prof. Jocelyn Monroe (Royal Holloway)

Think Space lectures

This series of talks provides a rare opportunity for students to hear scientists from around the UK talk about the latest research in the fields of astronomy, physics, planetary geology and space exploration. It includes the opportunity to ask these experts questions about their research and the wider field of astronomy.
These talks are aimed at students between the ages of 13-18 but there are limited spaces for the public too. University students must provide valid student ID and all free student tickets must be booked in advance. 


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