Events

Speakers

Dr B. B. Cael


National Oceanography Centre – Ocean Biogeosciences

Dr Cael will give a concise overview of how the ocean works, how it influences our weather and climate, and how we study it. This includes not only the physics of ocean currents but also the chemistry of ocean carbon storage and the biology of life in the ocean. He will then also give a demo of the miniboats program that National Oceanography Centre will be running in the school next year and how that ties in with the ways that we study the ocean.

Dr Cael writes:

I grew up in Rhode Island, USA and got my PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Joint Program in Oceanography, studying how plankton transport carbon from the atmosphere into the deep ocean. I then moved to Hawai’i to be a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where I studied the same topic but by making measurements at sea rather than using existing global datasets. I then moved to the National Oceanography Centre, where I am currently a Senior Research Scientist, and am studying a range of topics from improving projections of climate change to running a citizen science program where volunteers collect images of plankton around the UK.

Dr Matt Pritchard

Surprising Science
The show is packed with science tricks, stunts and puzzles. Matt challenges the audience to discover the sneaky scientific secrets behind the surprising illusions. This is not just an awe & wonder show but one that encourages scientific enquiry and critical thinking skills. Along the way the audience will be taught a host of science tricks using everyday household objects that they can go away and try later; extending the learning and providing teachers with lots of follow up opportunities. During the show Matt will share his background and love of science.

Dr Matt Pritchard is a science magician and Curator of Wonder. Previously Matt conducted atomic physics research at Durham University. He subsequently went on to work within the Education department at Thinktank Science Museum before setting up his own company 8 years ago. In addition to this experience, he has spent the last 18 years working as a professional magician and is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle - one of only 300 people in the world to hold this distinction. He is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association. In 2015 he was a finalist in the national Speaker Factor competition.

Alex Potter

'How to design a guitar' - providing an overview of the process and considerations of designing an acoustic guitar, covering things like size and air volume resonance, material selection and ways that design choices can be used to control the sound of an instrument, with a brief overview of the points but not getting too stuck into any of the science in too great a detail. I will also give a brief section on using these decision making techniques to reverse engineer the sound of historic musical instruments.

'Acoustics and Guitar design' - I will bring two instruments with me that are tuned the same but have a very different sound and aim to get the group thinking about what makes them sound different in spite of the fact that they have strings vibrating at the same frequency. This should cover the harmonic motion of the strings in slightly more detail than covered in class, resonance and sympathetic resonance, the vibration of plates and the concept of the source-filter model as applied to guitars, as well as materials and other practical aspects of guitar making.

About myself -

I am a designer and maker of musical instruments. I studied musical instrument design to undergraduate and masters level at London Metropolitan university - at the time offering a world-leading course on musical instrument construction - earning a first class honours followed by a pass with distinction for my work on subjects such as the analysis of historic tuning systems and the reconstruction of lost musical instruments. I have recently spent time working on adaptive guitars for players with special physical requirements and I am currently working on a project to design and produce guitars and other musical instruments made entirely from trees growing in the New Forest national park, with a view to improving sustainability and reducing my industry's reliance on timbers harvested from tropical rainforests. When not working on specific projects I build custom acoustic guitars as well as teaching guitar making from my workshop.

Dr Greg Dickens

Talk: Want to be a vet? Want to know what “Be a vet” even means nowadays? Come along, find out the challenges, rewards, and miscellaneous jump-scares that have characterised ‘being a vet’ for Dr Greg Dickens, who’s been trying to figure it out for 11 years now.

About Greg:

Greg graduated from vet school in 2010, worked in small-animal (pet) practice in Cambridgeshire and Hampshire, before joining the National Cycling squad in Manchester and then Glasgow. Becoming disillusioned with cycling around wooden tracks, Greg took over veterinary leadership of a primate sanctuary in West Africa, and looked after the health and welfare of monkeys, chimps, and gorillas until he was forced out by Ebola. Returning to the UK in 2015, Greg has taken veterinary medicine to industry and now uses his veterinary skills to invent new medical and surgical tools for J&J, Pfizer, etc.

Prof. Tom Anderson

Title of talk: Why we should trust the projections of global warming by climate models

Synopsis: Global warming threatens the very future of humankind. Earth System Models (ESMs) run on supercomputers lie at the heart of climate science in that it is they that are used to make projections of how much warming will occur during the 21st century, in response to different CO2 emission scenarios. As with all models, ESMs have uncertainties in their underlying equations and parameterisation. I will address these uncertainties and, delving into the history of climate science, will make the case that projections of global warming by ESMs are fundamentally trustworthy.

About Professor Anderson:

Prof. Tom Anderson is a senior research scientist in the Marine Systems Modelling group at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. He is primarily a marine ecosystem modeller studying biogeochemical cycles in the ocean, but has a wide range of interests including climate science, complexity science, and the history and philosophy of science. He did a degree in Ecological Science at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a PhD “Modelling Agroforestry Systems” at the same institution, then switched to oceanography and have been modelling “bugs in the sea” ever since.

Nick Arnolds

Author of the ‘Horrible Science’ Series Nick Arnold presenting ‘My Horrible Life’-

Nick Arnold is the world's bestselling children's Science author. He has presented successful school’s events in many countries around the world and we are thrilled to have him joining us as part of the KES Science Festival.

Nick will be joining us via Zoom to talk about how his interest in writing and Science developed and how he writes creatively whilst maintaining accurate scientific research. The show promotes reading, non-fiction writing and Science with the aim of inspiring our students to think about some scientific writing of their own.

Professor David Read

Chemistry: Solving the World’s Problems –

This interactive talk outlines the central role played by chemistry in tackling some of the most pressing problems of our time. In order to reduce the impacts of climate change, we need to develop sustainable sources of energy, and chemistry lies at the heart of many potential solutions. In medicine, chemistry holds the key to designing and producing drugs that will enable us to meet the challenge of beating diseases and improving our quality of life in the future. You’ll be able to respond to questions throughout the talk through in-session voting, so have your phone handy, and you’ll be able to share your thoughts and questions via the chat. David was previously a schoolteacher and now has a number of roles at the University of Southampton, including teaching chemistry on the Science Foundation Year and being admissions tutor for the programme, as well as being Director of Outreach in Chemistry.

Craig Leff

Title: ExoMars 2022, PanCam, and Roving on Mars

Craig Leff works at University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory (UCL/MSSL), where he is the operations lead for ExoMars PanCam, a colour stereo camera on the ExoMars 2022 rover. Previously, Craig worked for nearly 20 years at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he was involved in several planetary missions, including the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Project, and mapping Venus with the Magellan Mission. He spent five years on MER working on both development and operational phases of the mission, including more than 900 sols (Martian days) of surface operations. Before joining MSSL, Craig also worked in Madrid on the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS), the meteorology instrument on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), aka Curiosity.

In this talk, Craig will talk about the science and exploration that the ExoMars mission plans to accomplish, PanCam’s role in that exploration, and how one drives a rover on another planet.