20th July – Cosmological and Biological Evolution – Andrew Planet

Evolution has become a byword ever since its inception into the scientific paradigm after Charles Darwin informed us of the concept through his phrase “descent with modification” when in 1859 he published On the Origin of Species. That entails biological evolution through natural selection on our home planet.  All life on Earth, the Earth itself Read more about 20th July – Cosmological and Biological Evolution – Andrew Planet[…]

18th May – Did The Universe Really Start With A Big Bang? – Kieran Finn

WHY ARE WE HERE? This question has been argued about by people in pubs throughout history. But now, thanks to cutting-edge telescopes, we can start to address it in a rigorous, scientific way. In this talk Kieran Finn from the University of Manchester will discuss the Big Bang Theory, which is the leading scientific theory Read more about 18th May – Did The Universe Really Start With A Big Bang? – Kieran Finn[…]

20th April – How Do You Observe 1.33 Billion Km3 of Ocean? – Dr Matt Donnelly

This question will be asked by Dr Matt Donnelly, Lead Data Scientist, UK Argo Programme. The oceans play a key role in the climate and provide a habitat for a wide range of marine life, but with an average depth of 3.7km and a surface area of 360 million km2, how on earth do you collect the Read more about 20th April – How Do You Observe 1.33 Billion Km3 of Ocean? – Dr Matt Donnelly[…]

16th March – Upgrading Technically Challenging Grass Clippings for Power Generation through Additives Addition – Mubashra Latif

Approximately one third of the world`s population still lacks access to electricity due to the unavailability of fossil fuels locally, the rise in their costs on the international market and the lack of a suitable infrastructure. The utilisation of small-scale biomass downdraft gasification CHP units which are relatively cheap and portable seems a viable option Read more about 16th March – Upgrading Technically Challenging Grass Clippings for Power Generation through Additives Addition – Mubashra Latif[…]

17th February – Is It A Crime To Love Contrails? – Dr Vladimir Jankovic

What happens when contrails – airplane condensation trails – appear in the works of art? What happens when artists paint or photograph contrails and how does this act affect the status of contrails as environmental phenomena? Do contrails count as aesthetic phenomena in the same way as ‘other’ clouds? Can we enjoy the sight of Read more about 17th February – Is It A Crime To Love Contrails? – Dr Vladimir Jankovic[…]

20th January – Weaponising the Immune System in the Battle Against Cancer – Prof Richard Edmondson & Caitlin Waddell

It’s often talked about as the “battle against cancer” but how does the body actually fight back against this disease and more importantly how can we help it do better. At last we understand at least part of this process and so, as we engage in major clinical trials of immunotherapy in Greater Manchester and Read more about 20th January – Weaponising the Immune System in the Battle Against Cancer – Prof Richard Edmondson & Caitlin Waddell[…]

16th December – The behaviour, biology, ecology, and conservation of Pelagic thresher sharks in the Philippines – Dr. Simon Oliver

Pelagic sharks are poorly understood because of limitations inherent in studying them in situ.  Knowledge that pelagic thresher sharks (Alopias pelagicus) regularly visit specific locations in the Philippines presented an unique opportunity to study new aspects of their behaviour and biology, and promote their conservation in the region.  Post-mortem examinations were conducted on 11 dead Read more about 16th December – The behaviour, biology, ecology, and conservation of Pelagic thresher sharks in the Philippines – Dr. Simon Oliver[…]

18th November – Now You’re Talking – Prof. Trevor Cox

Talking and singing comes naturally to most of us so it is easy to overlook how truly remarkable the voice is. Mixing biology, physics and psychology, Trevor will explore the workings of the voice looking at accents and different singing styles. The human voice has always been in flux, but over the last hundred years Read more about 18th November – Now You’re Talking – Prof. Trevor Cox[…]

21st October – The Changing Arctic And It’s Global Consequences – Prof. Terry Callaghan

The Arctic is changing very quickly because of climate change and globalisation. Increasingly, the two aspects are linked and changes in the Arctic’s environment are accelerating. Climate warming in the Arctic is twice as fast as the global average rate and its consequences are having profound impacts on the frozen parts of the Arctic, its Read more about 21st October – The Changing Arctic And It’s Global Consequences – Prof. Terry Callaghan[…]

16th September – Discovering New Ways to Tackle Dementia – Prof. David Brough

Our immune system protects us against infection and promotes repair. However, during disease our immune system can also turn against us and make disease worse. This is true in Alzheimer’s disease. My lab at the University of Manchester aims to understand damaging immune responses and how we can block them during disease. Ultimately the research Read more about 16th September – Discovering New Ways to Tackle Dementia – Prof. David Brough[…]