November 2014

November 2014

25 November 2014: Brainwaves - An Interview with Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Read the summary report of the interview with Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE on Brainwaves.

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell is a world-renowned astrophysicist and President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She is best known for discovering pulsars, one of the most significant scientific achievements of the twentieth century. In 2013, she was named in the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour ‘Power List’ of
the 100 most influential women in the UK.

The interview will also be broadcast on the BBC in January 2015.

27 November 2014: RSE Christmas Lecture 2014 - Meet the Frackers: a Geological Perspective on UK Shale Gas?

Read the summary report of Professor Stewarts Christmas Lecture on Meet the Frackers: a Geological Perspective on UK Shale Gas? or view the video recording of the event.

Speaker: Professor Iain Stewart, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth.

The exploration and extraction of UK shale gas is being touted by our politicians as a potential energy game changer and yet the prospect of its development here has met with widespread public concern and intense community hostility. Whether it be the central plains of Midlothian and the Scottish Borders, the upland spine of northern England, or the leafy commuter hinterland of London, a new energy frontier lurks beneath our feet. But is it a resource that we can or should exploit?

27 November 2014: Cormack Lecture: Further Adventures of the Curiosity Rover in Gale Crater, Mars

Speaker: Professor Sanjeev Gupta, Professor of Earth Science, Imperial College London

Read the summary report of Professor Gupta's lecture on Further Adventures of the Curiosity Rover in Gale Crater, Mars

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, touched down on the surface of Mars on August 5, 2012 in one of the most audacious planetary landings ever. This car-sized rover has been successfully exploring Gale crater since then. Built to conduct an investigation of modern and ancient environments on the surface of Mars, this talk will describe the rover’s explorations and adventures, and discuss the latest findings.

The aim of the mission is to search for evidence of ancient habitable environments as preserved in sedimentary rock formations on the surface of Mars. Extraordinary rock outcrops imaged by the rover provide a rich environmental history of early Mars. The talk not only outlined some of the exciting new evidence Curiosity has gathered on its journey, but also explained how scientsts and engineers make it all happen.

27 November 2014: SUPA Cormack Astronomy Meeting

The Cormack Bequest meeting has been a long-standing annual RSE event for the Scottish Astronomy community to gather and share, via talks and posters, some of the very wide range of astronomy research being conducted in Scotland. Each year, there is an invited talk on a hot astronomy topic.

24 November 2014: MacCormick European Lecture: Diversity and Interdependence in Science and Europe, Centuries of Enrichment and Struggle

Read summary report of Professor Bourguignon's talk on Diversity and Interdependence in Science and Europe: Centuries of Enrichment and Struggle

Speaker: Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council.

The MacCormick European Lecture is named in honour of the late Professor Sir Neil MacCormick FBA FRSE, in recognition of his contribution to Scottish and European politics and his international work for the RSE.

Previous speakers in the series have included Chris Patten (Lord Patten of Barnes), Sir John Kerr (Lord Kerr of Kinlochard), Sir John Grant, Commissioner Jan Figel and Former President of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese HonFRSE.

This year’s Lecture was delivered by Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council. Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was the Director of the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES) from 1994 until 2013. He was also the first ERC Panel Chair in Mathematics, for Starting Grants.

 

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