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Past Talks

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May 20th, 2024

Why do we eat what we eat?

Dr Mark Chapman

March 18th, 2024

The mineral resources of Australia; a personal tour

Chris Law

February 19th, 2024

Cameos from Medical History

Patrick J Pead

  • Anna Wessels Williams - an American microbiologist

  • "The Glow Girls"

January 15th 2024

Havant Thicket reservoir and our water supply

Stephen Cox MSc, C.WEM

20th November 2023

How Truly Rational is the Brain?

Paul Devonshire

16th October 2023

Slides for Listening for better hearing

Video of talk

Dr Kate Hough

18th September 2023

Lowering our Carbon footprint

Kevin Brown MBE FInstP CPhys

17th July 2023

Astronomy and the Telescope.

Part 1: Stardust

Chris Law

19th June 2023 

Vascular Surgery: Servicing the body’s plumbing

Simon Fraser MD FRCS

15th May 2023 

Mighty Hunter - Reflections of a RAF Nimrod Pilot in the final years of the Cold War

Mike Onley

20th March 2023

NATS – Air Traffic Control

Andrew Burke

More information here

20th February 2023

Aerial drones to deliver medical and essential supplies
Prof Tom Cherrett

16th January 2023 

What is the James Webb Telescope, and where is it?
Bob Hornby

21st November 2022 

Learning from accidents: an introduction to railway signalling in the UK
Dr Robin Wilson

17th October 2022 

The Science of Bats
Nik Knight

19th September 2022 

The Salt Routes
Anthony Poulton-Smith

20th June 2022

Using data to improve patient care

Prof Jim Briggs, Director, Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics (CHMI)University of Portsmouth

30th May 2022 

MR guided Radiotherapy

Kevin Brown, Distinguished Scientist, Elekta

21st March 2022 

Our Black Hole

Professor Daniel Thomas, Head of the School of Mathematics & Physics, University of Portsmouth 

21st February 2022

Fusion: Something for nothing?
Dr John Allen


Jan 17th 2022

The Importance of our Kelp Forests  Dr Ian Hendy, Dept Marine Biology Portsmouth University. Watch Sir David Attenborough's video here Video. Further information at Sussex Kelp.

Nov 15th 2021

Victims of Computer Misuse Prof Mark Button, Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies, Portsmouth University. Further information at centre for counter fraud studies

Oct 18th 2021

Future Rail Power Options David Shirres, Retired Network Rail engineer and Rail  Engineer magazine editor

Sept 27th 2021

The Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease. Katie Guzzetta, PhD Candidate at APC Microbiome Ireland, University College Cork 

Jul 19th 2021

Banking the World's Seeds Rachael Davies,Germination Specialist, Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Adopt a Seed:  link at the end of the presentation

Jun 21st 2021

Southsea Coastal Scheme - Designing Sea Defences   Rupert Teesdale, Project Manager, Coastal Defences and Thomas Green, Sceintist with Royal HaskonigDHV


May 17th2021

Fungal Neuroscience  Dr Prof Andrew Adamatsky, Professor in Unconventional Computing, UWE, Bristol

Apr 19th 2021

Monitoring the Environment from Space   Dr Robin Wilson; who works freelance on novel applications of geospatial data

Mar 15th 2021

Development of a Deep Geological Disposal Facility for Nuclear Waste in the UK, Mark Kirkbride, Member on the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM)


Jan 18th 2021

Fibre Optics can Save the World.   Dr M Patridge, Southamptopn University

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Nov 16th 2020

An Introduction to the World of Offshore Wind   Anne-marie Coyle, Sales Director, GE Renewable Energy

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Oct 26th 2020

Every breath you take: how the lung defends itself  Dr K Staples, Southampton University 

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Sept 21st 2020

Was Einstein Right that he was Wrong? Prof D Thomas, Portsmouth University

Feb 17th 2020

Cancer Immunology Dr Edd James, Southampton University


Jan 20th 2020

Social coordination in great apes and human children  Dr Sophie Milward, Portsmouth University

Nov 18th 2019

Preparations for the new Aircraft Carrier in Portsmouth Dockyard. Capt I Greenlees MOD Portdmouth

Oct 21st 019

Extreme Environments. The impact of extreme environments on humans Prof Mike Tipton, Portsmouth University


Sept 16th 2019

Printed Semiconductors and the future of Electronics Dr Sebastian Wood, National Physical Laboratory, London

July 15th 2019

Take Back your Online Privacy  Hugh Cull,  IT Educational Trainer, Highbury College, Portsmouth

May 20th 2019

The death of the internal combustion engine: what comes next?  Dr Gareth Hinds, National Physcial Laboratory, London

Mar 18th 2019

From Chernobyl to Fukushima: environmental impacts  Prof Jim Smith, Portsmouth University

Feb 18th 2019

How Groups deal with Complexity Capt Jonathan Huxley , Royal Fleet Auxillary

Jan 21st 2019

Precious Metals  Mr Alastair Alexander, Reitred CEO Engelhard Group

Nov 19th 2018

Fighting Crime with Ion Beams  Dr Melanie Bailey, Surrey University


Oct 15th 2018

Ground water in Asian Deltas: the Good, the Bad, and the Awkward. Dr Mo Hoque, Portsmouth University

Sept 17th 2018

Antibiotic Resistance - a new threat?  Dr S Fouch, Portsmouth University

July 16th 2018

Forensic DNA Fingerprinting  Prof P Goldfarb, Surrey University

June 18th 2018

Medical Detection Dogs. Mr T Dawes, Medical Detection Dogs, Milton Keynes


May 21st 2018

The Rise of Ransomware. Mr Bruce McGavin, BetaPlus Cub, West Ashling

April 16th 2018

Managing water resources in a complex world. Dr Julia Brown, Portsmouth University

March 19th 2018

On a wild goose chase for the world's highest flying bird. Dr Lucy Hawkes, Exeter University

February 19th 2018

A changing climate and landscape: visions of a future Britain  Dr Mark Hardiman, Dept Geography, Portsmouth University

January 15th 2018

Universe Matters  Prof Daniel Thomas, Dept Astrophysics, Portsmouth University

November 20th 2017

The Wonderful World of Natural Navigation Tristan Gooley, Natural Navigator

October 16th 2017

Water, water everywhere, but is it fit to drink? Prof Graham Mills, Portsmouth University


September 18th 2017

Beekeeping Discoveries  Stuart Smith, Vice Chair, Chichester Beekeeping Association


July 17th 2017

Dust, Oil and Elephants. Dr Mike Fowler, Reader in Geochemistry, Portsmouth University


June 19th 2017

The UK Electricity Supply Network. David Harris, Retired Engineer


March 20th 2017

Biomaterials and Nanotechnology Dr. Eugen Barbu, Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Portsmouth University

February 20th 2017

Underutilised crops in an over-utilised world  Dr. Mark A. Chapman, Biological Sciences Dept, University of Southampton

January 16th 2017

Energy policy and security in the 21st Century  Dr Ed Stoddard, Lecturer, Portsmouth University


November 21st 2016      CANCELLED. Rebooked for October 2017

Water, water everywhere-but is it fit to drink? Dr Graham Mills

October 17th  2016

The Science of Bats: echolocation, flight and thermal regulation Mr Nik Knight


September 19th  2016

Confessions of a Weather Man Mr Ian Hurst

July 18th 2016

Technology in Bank Notes Mr Paul Chapman

June 20th 2016

The Diamond Light Source: a research facility delving into the secrets of atoms Laura Holland, Public Engagement manager, Diamond Light Source

May 16th 2016

Preventing Blindness in the Bolivian Amazon Mr Dave Goldsmith, Medical Scientist Andean Medical Mission

April 18th 2016

Public Service or Private Profit? – Nineteenth Century Civil Engineers and Public Health Reform. Dr Bob Otter, Retired Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Portsmouth University


March 21st 2016

Please don’t buy an electric car! Professor Averil Macdonald, OBE; Director of STEM at Highbury College, Portsmouth and Professor Emerita of Science Engagement at the University of Reading

January 18th 2016

Like infant, like dog? Dogs understanding of human forms of communication Dr Juliane Kaminski  Senior Lecturer in Comparative Cognition, Portsmouth University

November 16th 2015

Science in the service of Henry VIII: conserving a Tudor warship  Eleanor Schofield, Conservation Manager, Mary Rose Trust


October 19th 2015

Coastal change past and present   Peter Murphy, retired archeological consultant, English Heritage


September 21st 2015

Resource Efficiency for Crop Production.  Prof Peter Gregory, Chief Executive, East Malling Research, Kent

July 20th 2015

Public Service or Private Profit? – Nineteenth Century Civil Engineers and Public Health Reform. Dr Bob Otter, Retired Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Portsmouth University

June 15th 2015

A Walk in Tropical Forests. Professor E.B. Gareth Jones, Department of Botany and Microbiology, King Saud University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

May 18th 2015

Food Allergies.  Prof Tara Dean, Department of health Sciences, Portsmouth University.


April 20th 2015

Materials in Action. Dr Diane Aston, Training and Education Executive, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining , Grantham


March 16th 2015

Sex and the Planet",  is this the most dangerous human activity, for all life on earth?  Prof J Guillebaud Professor of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, University College London

January 19th 2015

Development of Clock Making  Mr Malcolm Archer, Clockmaker and Tutor West Dean College, Chichester




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