Bumblebees: Behaviour, Ecology, and Conservation

Bees, Pesticides & Politics

The June talk will be given by Prof. Dave Goulson of the University of Sussex. There is considerable controversy surrounding the harm that neonicotinoid insecticides may be doing to bee populations. We are in the middle of a 2 year EU moratorium on their use, but the UK Government and NFU are strongly opposed to
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A Forest by Alias 0591

Forest Science and The Environment

The February talk will be given by Prof. Julian Evans OBE, BSc, PhD, DSc, FICFor, President of the U.K.’s professional forestry body The Institute of Chartered Foresters and chair of The Forestry Commission’s Expert Committee on Forest Science. Forests cover more than a quarter of the world’s land surface, but how sustainable are they? Can
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Trees on flooded meadows by Massmo Relsig

Après le déluge: how might we live with flooding?

The January talk will be given by Dr Hadrian Cook who lives in Salisbury and teaches Sustainable Development at Kingston University. He has a background in earth sciences and hydrology, and interests in catchment management and environmental history. January 2014 saw dreadful flooding across much of England, and not for the first time in recent
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Sense about Science

Your Cafe Sci needs you! Sense about Science open discussion

For the December talk next month on Sense about Science, the speaker, Dr Chris Peters, will give an introduction then discussion will be opened to the floor. So, if you have any myths you would like debunking or need an unbiased account of the scientific evidence surrounding a topic, then please send in your questions.
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Running Bumblebee by William Warby

The Life Scientific – Dave Goulson

One of our upcoming speakers for next year, Prof. Dave Goulson, is featured on Prof. Jim Al-Khalili‘s Radio 4 science programme The Life Scientific. You can catch the programme here on iPlayer.

The Butterfly Isles by Patrick Barkham

Thomas Hardye School Community Lectures 2014-15

The Thomas Hardye School Community Lecture series has some great talks this year: The full programme of events through to April 2015 is now on the calendar here. Venue: All lectures will take place in the School Theatre Time: All lectures start at 7.00pm Admission: Free of Charge, tickets available from school reception from 9.00
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Illustrations of self-assembled colloidal structures. (a) Highly ordered regions with hexagonal symmetry extending over assembled from functionalized (patchy) colloidal silica particles. The colloidal structure exhibits a photonic band gap in the visible light range. (b) Regions showing co-existing hexagonal and square symmetry, from [13]. (c, d) Confocal microscope images illustrating highly-ordered self-assembled structures in 'ionic' colloidal crystals of oppositely charged particles assembled from positive (red, ) and negative (green, ) polymethylmethacrylate spheres. (e, f) Electric field induced structures in the same system: stationary bands perpendicular to the field directions (e) and lanes of oppositely moving particles parallel to the field direction, emerging for larger amplitudes of the applied electric field (f).

Institute of Physics lectures in Salisbury; Making small machines, from millimetres to molecules – Dr Jack Cohen

The South West Branch of the Institute of Physics regularly have events in Salisbury. The next one will be in November (18th) with Dr Jack Cohen of the University of Warwick talking about his research on very, very small machines. In this talk I will give a broad consideration of methods and examples of making
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Wiltshire Countryside

Wessex-BESS survey on the benefits of Wiltshire green places

Wessex BESS are undertaking a community survey to gather information regarding outdoor places and the benefits you get from your local countryside. They need your help! The research is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and results will contribute towards future land management in the county. It is studying different ways that biodiversity
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LCD Screen by Dome Poon

Autumn Season starts tomorrow evening – Tuesday 2nd September

The new season of talks for 2014-15 begins tomorrow evening with a humdinger from Prof. David Dunmur on Liquid Crystals: the fourth state of matter and today’s flat-screen displays. His Oxford University Press book is also on promotion at present; David will have some copies with him, so it can be snapped up for the
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Festival of Learning 2014

Festival of Learning 2014

This week at Bournemouth University, there are over 150 free events taking place as part of the Festival of Learning – which is open to the public. Fancy going on a kitchen safari to see what bacteria lurk in your food? How about unleashing your inner monkey, uncovering the history that lies beneath Hengistbury Head,
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