Calendar

For information about attending a Salisbury Cafe Scientifique event, see the Attending an Event section; there is also more general information in the Frequently Asked Questions section and help on making the most of this calendar in the Calendar Help section. If you fancy a night of science outside but close to Salisbury, there is also this filtered list of nearby events.

Jul
22
Mon
2019
Seminars by the candidates for the Harding Lectureships – Candidates for the Harding Lectureships
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 2:15 pm

|09:00 – 09:35| _”Quantum simulations for sustainable materials”_ Dr Andrea Cepellotti, Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences||
|09:40 – 10:15| _”Ultra-fast spintronics for greener IT”_ Dr Chiara Ciccarelli, RSURF and Winton Advanced Research Fellow, Cavendish Laboratory||
|10:20 – 10:55| _”Data-driven discovery of physical principles and materials to realise a sustainable future”_ Dr Alpha Lee, Winton Advanced Research Fellow, Cavendish Laboratory||
|10:55 – 11:10| Break||
|11:10 – 11:45| _“Modelling room temperature materials”_
Dr Bartomeu Monserrat Sanchez, Winton Advanced Research Fellow, Cavendish Laboratory||
|11:50 – 12:25| _”Title to be confirmed”_, Dr Akshay Rao, EPSRC Early Career Fellow and Winton Advanced Research Fellow, Cavendish Laboratory||
|12:25 – 13:00| Break||
|13:00 – 13:35| _”Optical control of quantum materials.”_ Dr Edbert Sie, Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University||
|13:40 – 14:15| _”Life reinvented: Engineering synthetic cells from synthetic parts”_ Dr Kirstin Goepfrich, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, MPI for Medical Research, Stuttgart|

Exterior Shape Calculus – Ralf Hiptmair (ETH Zürich)
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Exterior Shape Calculus – Ralf Hiptmair (ETH Zürich)
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jul
23
Tue
2019
Dual complexes and mortaring for regular approximations of electromagnetic fields – Annalisa Buffa (EPFL – Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche (IMATI))
Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dual complexes and mortaring for regular approximations of electromagnetic fields – Annalisa Buffa (EPFL – Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche (IMATI))
Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jul
24
Wed
2019
A new wave-to-wire wave-energy model: from variational principle to compatible space-time discretisation – Onno Bokhove (University of Leeds)
Jul 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Amplification phenomena in a so-called bore-soliton-splash have led us to develop a novel wave-energy device with wave amplification in a contraction used to enhance wave-activated buoy motion and magnetically-induced energy generation. An experimental proof-of-principle shows that our wave-energy device works. Most importantly, we develop a novel wave-to-wire mathematical model of the combined wave hydrodynamics, wave-activated buoy motion and electric power generation by magnetic induction, from first principles, satisfying one grand variational principle in its conservative limit. Wave and buoy dynamics are coupled via a Lagrange multiplier, which boundary value at the waterline is subtly solved explicitly by imposing incompressibility in a weak sense. Dissipative features, such as electrical wire resistance and nonlinear LED-loads, are added a posteriori. New is also the intricate and compatible (finite-element) space-time discretisation of the linearised dynamics, guaranteeing numerical stability and the correct energy transfer between the three subsystems. Preliminary simulations of our simplified and linearised wave-energy model are encouraging, yet suboptimal, and involve a first study of the resonant behaviour and parameter dependence of the device.

A new wave-to-wire wave-energy model: from variational principle to compatible space-time discretisation – Onno Bokhove (University of Leeds)
Jul 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Amplification phenomena in a so-called bore-soliton-splash have led us to develop a novel wave-energy device with wave amplification in a contraction used to enhance wave-activated buoy motion and magnetically-induced energy generation. An experimental proof-of-principle shows that our wave-energy device works. Most importantly, we develop a novel wave-to-wire mathematical model of the combined wave hydrodynamics, wave-activated buoy motion and electric power generation by magnetic induction, from first principles, satisfying one grand variational principle in its conservative limit. Wave and buoy dynamics are coupled via a Lagrange multiplier, which boundary value at the waterline is subtly solved explicitly by imposing incompressibility in a weak sense. Dissipative features, such as electrical wire resistance and nonlinear LED-loads, are added a posteriori. New is also the intricate and compatible (finite-element) space-time discretisation of the linearised dynamics, guaranteeing numerical stability and the correct energy transfer between the three subsystems. Preliminary simulations of our simplified and linearised wave-energy model are encouraging, yet suboptimal, and involve a first study of the resonant behaviour and parameter dependence of the device.

Jul
25
Thu
2019
MicroRNAs as circulating biomarkers in cancer – Dr Matthew Murray – Academic Consultant Paediatric Oncologist @ Clinical School Lecture Theatre 2
Jul 25 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Abstract not available

Starting a research project at the Clinical School – Ethics and other considerations – Carolyn Read – Research Governance Officer, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge
Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Abstract not available

Hot science: a peak into the living brain – Nisha Ramakrishnan
Jul 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Nisha Kuzhuppilly Ramakrishnan of the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre will talk about the new Mediso nanoScan PET-CT scanner and its prospects for imaging small animal models of dementia.

For related methods please see below:

Papers using this scanner –

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0217515

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6288068/

Multi-bed option –

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/602391v2.full

Jul
26
Fri
2019
Seminars by the candidates for the Harding Lectureships – Speaker to be confirmed
Jul 26 @ 9:15 am – 10:20 am

|09:15 am |_”Probing quantum materials on atomic length scales and femtosecond timescales”_ Prof. Dr Simon Wall, Group Leader and ICFO Professor, ICFO, Spain|

Beacon Salon # 15 Meno, by Plato: Can Excellence be Taught? – Eric Rees, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Jul 26 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The seminars are open to all, and research students at CEB and MedImmune are especially invited to attend. The talks will be about 30-45 minutes long, and questions are encouraged which open up new avenues for discussion. Tea and biscuits will be provided.

In Greek philosophy, ‘virtue’ or ‘excellence’ is an underlying trait which leads some people to achieve success in life. The question of whether this excellence can be taught is still very important to us, at university, today – because an essential reason for studying (or teaching) a university degree course is precisely the belief that we can be trained in excellence, not just in some specific technical skills but more general ‘transferrable’ excellence. Anyone who has ever spent a day (and, presumably, some money) attending a management or leadership skills course will probably have wondered to themselves whether there was any point to it. Is there actually a way to learn excellence, or is the whole business a waste of time? This timeless question is addressed by the legendary Greek Philosopher, Plato, in a story featuring the protagonist Socrates, and his less brilliant friend, Meno.

For anyone who wishes to skim Plato’s Meno in advance, my somewhat fanciful audiobook version of the dialogue is available for free on Youtube.

My audiobook version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwJNs7mU6dw

Jul
31
Wed
2019
Welcome from David Abrahams (Isaac Newton Institute) –
Jul 31 @ 9:20 am – 9:30 am
Welcome from David Abrahams (Isaac Newton Institute) –
Jul 31 @ 9:20 am – 9:30 am
Introduction to the Workshop and Programme – Paula Harrison (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)
Jul 31 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Introduction to the Workshop and Programme – Paula Harrison (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)
Jul 31 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
– Jenny Hodgson (University of Liverpool)
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
– Jenny Hodgson (University of Liverpool)
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
tbc –
Jul 31 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
tbc –
Jul 31 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Panel discussion on “Decision-making in the face of uncertainty” –
Jul 31 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Panel discussion on “Decision-making in the face of uncertainty” –
Jul 31 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
– Laura  Graham (University of Southampton)
Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
– Laura  Graham (University of Southampton)
Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
tbc –
Jul 31 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
tbc –
Jul 31 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Using reason and evidence to do the most good – Eve McCormick – Effective Altruism Cambridge & Olly Crook – University of Cambridge
Jul 31 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Charitable giving exceeds $400 Billion dollars a year, yet 783 million people still live in extreme poverty. Where does all this money go? How can we make sure our money ensures effective outcomes? How can we do good, better? Eve and Olly from Effective Altruism Cambridge explain the importance and power of effective giving through a set of 4 guiding principles and apply these principles to show the need to think hard about charitable giving. We hope that you can attend and that together we can use our heads and our hearts to make the world a better place.

Panel discussion on “Spatial/temporal scaling” –
Jul 31 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Panel discussion on “Spatial/temporal scaling” –
Jul 31 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
– James Bullock  (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)
Jul 31 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm