Scientists from Stoke to San Diego are coming to talk forensics, DNA, genealogy and the global human family, climate change, space exploration, CGI and sci-fi. We'll be understanding how Darwins' theory of evolution can explain hospital deaths and looking at the pitfalls of genetic material as an evidentiary tool in law.
There will be answers to questions you didn't even know existed, like why do we swear? How do you make a virus? Isn't that playing God? Just how do you digitise George Clooney? Why do we gamble when the game's rigged against us? Oh yes, NASA have been invited and there’s free beer. Interested?
Mitchell Arts Centre
Monday 3rd July, 19:00-22:00
From research positions in Poitiers and California, Alistair came to Manchester to
research computational fluid dynamics: the tool F1 engineers use to design cars.
He now applies these ideas to understanding blood flow inside the human body.
Cornell-educated, Justin is an evolutionary biologist who wants to know how viruses
can evolve enough to jump species. What DNA changes allow small viruses to make
such huge jumps? He exploits ideas from DNA engineering to understand how evolution
Richard a psychologist, author of popular psychology book `Black Sheep: The Hidden Benefits of Being Bad' and winner of the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014.
You can read his theories on swearing here.
Former Head of Mathematics at Imperial College, Emma is a statistician who has worked
on improving traffic flow and how economic deprivation can affect road casualties among children.
She works closely with the Royal Institution to promote the joys of statistics among young learners.
Sabine researches robots, both big and small. She has worked in university labs from
Switzerland to Boston seeking improvements to cancer treatments using nanobots.
Her website showcases
a diverse range of engineering topics and advocates public and scientists alike to engage more
with the world of Artifical Intelligence.
An Oxford-educated microbiologist who recently appeared on BBC4's "Michael Mosley
v. The Superbugs", Jessica uses tools from computational biology to understand how
fast drug-resistance evolution can occur in patients suffering from sepsis, a potentially
lethal response of the body to infection.
David is Managing Director of Living DNA, a DNA-analysis company with a passion for
showing individuals just how connected each of us is to everyone else in the world - showing,
in essence, that we humans are really just one big family.
Michael Mansfield QC
Keele University-educated, Michael is one of Britains foremost legal minds and political campaigners of the last three decades who (noting the Wellcome Trust recently created a database of 100,000 human genomes) opposes government-controlled databases of human DNA. Many articles online describe his work, here is one.
An Ozzie and recent awardee of a £2M European research award said to identify those in the Champions League of European science, Stoke-based Melissa researches high resolution 3d imaging for medical purposes at Stoke University Hospital. She works with the UK's engineering
research council to identify electrical and acoustic properties of tissue to be used in the design of
new diagnostic devices for human diseases.
A research chemist, Paul used to work at Keele University before moving to Loughborough
University to engineer materials with novel properties that can be used to control biology.
His work provided some of the images used as part of the publicity for this event and more
of his stunning research images can be seen here.
Kate Bergel (@GirlWhoCodes) is a Framestore RnD developer who studied Computer Science
and Mathematics at the University of York who now brings films like The Martian and
Gravity to cinema screens.
Kate will be in Hanley talking about her work in the film industry, what is needed to get
into a career in CGI and what does it look and feel like when you get there?