Termcard Archive

Date Speaker Speaker background Talk Theme URL
ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021
HILARY  TERM 2020
Week 3 Professor Peter Atkins Lincoln College, University of Oxford “The origin of the laws of nature” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiDBcJff6PM&t=2s
Week 4 Professor Catherine Wilkins Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford “Career in a university Maths department”, co-hosted with The Oxford Invariants
Week 5 Professor Kieran Clarke Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford “On development and use of a ketone ester drink: panacea or snake oil?”
Week 7 Professor Roberto Steiner Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, King’s College London “Understanding cofactor-independent biological oxidation”
ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020
MICHAELMAS TERM 2019
Week 1 Professor Masaaki Miyazawa Kindai University, Japan “The arms race between retroviruses and mammals: Are we winning ?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEXUdGzRWSw
Week 2 Professor Peter Ratcliffe Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford University “Understanding cellular oxygen sensing mechanisms: implications for medicine” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPv5RoAUo-E
Week 3 Dr. Neil Ashton Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford “Turbulence and Aerodynamics – enabling a greener future” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttrtv2BkRzM
Week 4 Dr Michael J. Bojdys Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany “Homing in on the “Goldilocks Zone” of materials: Beyond graphene and Silicon”
Week 5 Dr. Keyun Ruan Chief Cloud Security, Google Cloud “Digital Asset Valuation and Cyber Risk Measurement: Economic Theories for Industry 4.0” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr2KwigZrCw
Week 6 Professor Chas Bountra Pro Vice-Chancellor for Innovation, Oxford University “Great leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs will solve the world’s greatest challenges” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B9it7qgJRE
Week 7 Professor Charlotte Deane Department of Statistics, Oxford University “The Protein Structure Universe: from Creation to Medicine” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQdFwUtn7eM
TRINITY TERM 2019:
Week 1 Brian Launder Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Manchester “Climate Engineering to avert dangerous global heating?”
Week 2 Bryn Roberts Global Head of Operations for Roche Pharmaceutical Research & Early Development, Switzerland “How Big Data and AI are Revolutionising Medicines R&D”
Week 3 Ben Davis Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford “The World Is Made Of Sugar And Dirt”
Week 4
Week 5 Dr Frank Haselbach, Global Head of System Design, Rolls Royce
Week 6 David Gann, Vice-President, Imperial college and Chair, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Week 7 BRIGHT International Oxford Chapter Presentation on NHS and Health Innovation
Week 8
HILARY  TERM 2019:
Week 1 Prof. Adrian Hill The Jenner Institute,University of Oxford Malaria Vaccines – an Oxford First
Week 2 Dr. Tom Crawford  Mathematical Institute Navier-Stokes Stripped
Week 3 Dr Katherine Wheelhouse  GSK Don’t Process Chemists Just Make Things Bigger?
Week 4 Dr Suzie Sheehy  University of Oxford Particle Accelerators: From Curiosity Driven Research To Life-Changing Technology
Week 5 Prof Elspeth Garman  University of Oxford 106 years of Crystallography: what has it taught us and where will it lead us?
Week 6  Bhavin Turakhia “Building a billion dollar tech business with zero funding – My story and lessons”
Week 7 Sion Philpott-Morgan NHS Digital: moving towards more tech-driven healthcare”
Week 9 Cambridge University Scientific Society Founder’s Dinner
15th March                                                London Day Trip: Cambridge x Oxford SciSoc
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
MICHAELMAS TERM 2018:
Week 1 Richard Dinan  Applied Fusion Systems Will Fusion Reactors Power Space Rockets?
Week 2 Prof J Doyne Farmer  Oxford Martin School Prediction in Economics and Elsewhere
Week 3 Richard Barker “Bioscience – Lost in Translation?”
Week 4 Science Social
Week 5 Prof Chris Fairburn  Oxford NHS Trust Developing Effective Psychological Treatments
Week 6 Dr Elsa Sotiriadis  The Biofuturist How Biology became the Next Great Software Revolution
Week 7 Prof Brad Gibson  University of Hull The Death of Planet Earth
Week 8 Prof Varinder Aggarwal  University of Bristol Organic Synthesis in the 21st Century, and why Fish is Always Served with a Slice of Lemon
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
TRINITY TERM 2018
Week 1 Liz Parrish  BioViva Sciences The woman who wants to genetically engineer you: Gene and Cell Therapies to Cure Ageing
Week 2 Prof Steve Goldup  Southampton University Nanoscale Machinery: From Molecular Machines to Molecular Asymmetry
Week 4 Dr Josh Mouland  Manchester University How Light affects our Internal Body Clocks
HILARY  TERM 2018
Week 1 Prof Fabrizio Schifano  University of Hertfordshire Recent Changes in Drug Scenarios and Cognitive Enhancers
Week 3 Dr Claire Patterson  AstraZeneca A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down?
Week 5 Dr Richard Smith  British Medical Journal The Many Defects in How We Publish Science: Time for Something Better
Week 5 TOAD Distillery Field Trip
Week 6 Prof Jane McKeating  Oxford University Combatting Viral Infections Early
Week 7 Libby Jackson  UK Space Agency Humans in Space: What’s Next?
Week 8 Prof Anders Sandberg  Oxford University Physical Eschatology: What Can We Say about the Far Future?
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
MICHAELMAS TERM 2017
Week 2 Prof Wade Allison  Oxford University Trust, Energy and the Environment: Nuclear, Please, 24/7!
Week 3 Prof Terezinha Nunes  Oxford University Using Mathematics to Understand the World
Week 4 Dr Colin Wright  Solipsys Ltd. Juggling: Theory and Practice
Week 8 Termly General Meeting and Committee Elections
ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016
HILARY  TERM 2015
Week 1 SciSoc social at Thirsty Meeples!
Week 2 Professor Artur Ekert ‘The Ultimate Physical Limits of Privacy’
Week 3 Dr Michael Clare ‘What lies beneath — exploring our deep seas and understanding the hazards’
Week 5 Dinner with Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE ‘Dinner with Patron ’
Week 6 Professor Alex Halliday FRS ‘The Origin of the Moon’
Week 7 Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FRS ‘Old Solvents: New Solutions?’
Week 8 Professor Russell Foster CBE FRS FMedSci ‘Light, clocks and sleep: keeping an eye on the time’
ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
MICHAELMAS TERM 2014
Week 1 Colin Bruce, author and physicist ‘Fusion: A New Dawn’
Week 2 Dr Tristam Wyatt, University of Oxford ‘Human pheromones: are we the scented ape?’
Week 4 Jamie Bartlett, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media ‘The Dark Net: what happens under the conditions of anonymity?’
Week 6 Georgina Ferry, Science Oxford ‘Choices and chances: Dorothy Hodgkin’s path to the Nobel Prize’
Week 7 Professor Adrian Hill, the Jenner Institute ‘Vaccines against Malaria and Ebola’
TRINITY TERM 2014
Week 1 Professor Doyne Farmer, Oxford Martin School ‘An evolutionary view of technological progress’
Week 2 Professor Sir Rory Collins, Oxford Medical Sciences Division ‘Statins: a simple story, so why the confusion?’
Week 3 Eric Lerner, LPPFusion ‘Crowdfunding Fusion—Focus Fusion as the Short Route to Fusion Power’
Week 4 Dr Stephen L. Hicks, University of Oxford ‘Enhancing Sight for Blind Individuals’
HILARY  TERM 2014
Week 1 Dr Eric Drexler “Remaking the 21st Century”
Week 2 Professor Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS  University of Oxford “Are we Seeing Signals from Before the Big Bang?”
Week 3 Dr Patricia Fara  University of Cambridge “Erasmus Darwin, evolution and slavery”
Week 4 Professor Sir Tim Hunt FRS  Cancer Research UK London Research Institute How to Win a Nobel Prize — The secret of cell division
Week 5 Professor Nicky Clayton FRS and Mr Clive Wilkins  University of Cambridge “The Door to Identity”
Week 6 Dr Chris Lintott  University of Oxford “Tales from Zooniverse: the role of citizen science in modern research”
Week 7 Dr Nick Lane  UCL (in conjunction with Oxford University Biological Society) The Improbable Origin of Complex Life
Week 8 Professor Dame Carol Robinson DBE FRS  University of Oxford “Finding the right balance — from rare gases to rotary motors”
ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-2014
MICHAELMAS TERM 2013
Week 1 Professor Sir Iain Chalmers “Reducing waste in deciding what research to do”
Week 2 Professor Sir John Ball FRS FRSE  University of Oxford “What can mathematics say about liquid crystals?”
Week 3 Dr Alex Richardson  University of Oxford “CHANGING DIETS, CHANGING MINDS: The Importance of Nutrition for Mental Health, Performance and Wellbeing”
Week 4 Dr Nick Greeves  University of Liverpool “Chemistry: Live and in 3D”
Week 5 Professor Martin Raff FRS  UCL “An outsider’s take on autism”
Week 6 Dr Christiane Timmel  University of Oxford “A bird’s eye view of the chemical compass — the chemistry of animal navigation in magnetic fields”
Week 7 Professor Lord May of Oxford FRS  University of Oxford “Stability and complexity in financial ecosystems”
Week 8 Professor James Binney FRS  University of Oxford “Foundations of Quantum Mechanics”
TRINITY TERM 2013
Week 1 Professor Chris Cooper  University of Essex “The Science behind Drugs and Doping in Sport”
Week 2 Professor Joe Sweeney  University of Huddersfield “Big Bad Pharma”
Week 3 Professor Lloyd Peck  British Antarctic Survey “Life in the Frozen State”
Week 5 Dr Eric Werner FLS  University of Oxford “Cancer’s Hidden Networks”
HILARY  TERM 2013
Week 1 Dr Jessica Richman “UBiome — Sequencing the Human Microbiome through Citizen Science (http://ubiome.com/)”
Week 2 Professor Steve Jones  University College London “The Joy of Sect; rewriting the bible as a scientific textbook” (co-talk with the Oxford BioSoc)
Week 3 Neuroskeptic “Getting the Brain Wrong: on misunderstandings of neuroscience”
Week 4 Dr Hugh Hunt  University of Cambridge “Boomerangs, Bouncing Balls and Spinny Things” — lecture with live demonstrations!
Week 6 Professor Robert Stockman  University of Nottingham “From Chemical Weapons to Chemotherapy: An Unexpected Journey”
Week 7 Gary Taubes author and journalist “A debate titled ‘Sloth, gluttony or hormones?’ “This House believes hormones, not Calories, make us fat.” “
Professor Philip James President of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Professor Sir Richard Peto Co-Director of the Clinical Trial Service Unit
Week 7 Professor Gero Miesenböck  University of Oxford “Reengineering a Brain”
Week 8 Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas  FRS, FREng, University of Cambridge “Unpredictability and Chance in Science and Technology”
ACADEMIC YEAR 2012-2013
MICHAELMAS TERM 2012
Week 1 Professor Kieran Clarke “A new food group to improve physical performance and cognitive function: Helping human health”
Week 2 Professor Ian Fleming “Short Cuts: Anecdotes from a Research Career”
Week 3 Mark Henderson, George Monbiot & Tracy Brown as a Panel Discussion “The Geek manifesto (a panel discussion)”
Week 4 Lord Ronald Oxburgh “Energy for all—but from where?”
Week 5 Dr Mark Oxborrow “MASER (microwave LASER) working at room temperature—for the first time”
Week 6 Dr Harry Witchel “Reading the body language of engagement”
Week 7 Professor Sir David Baulcombe “Small RNA—the dark matter of genetics”
Week 8 Professor Lloyd Peck “Life in the frozen state”
TRINITY TERM 2012
Week 1 The Debate of the Ages: Dr Aubrey de Grey and Prof. Colin Blakemore  moderated by Prof. Sir Richard Peto “THIS HOUSE WANTS TO DEFEAT AGEING ENTIRELY”
Week 2 Dr Alison Foster  Oxford University Botanic Garden “The Botanic Garden — Your Modern Medicine Cabinet”
Week 3 Prof. Marian Dawkins  University of Oxford “Optical Flow, Collective Behaviour, and Animal Welfare”
Week 4 Dr Andrew Hanson  National Physical Laboratory “Confounding Colour Curiosities: the Science of Seeing Colour”
Week 5 Prof. David Nutt  Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs “How the Current Drug Laws Hold Back Science”
HILARY  TERM 2012
Week 1 Professor Steve Jones “Incest and Folk Dancing: Two Things to Avoid”
Week 2 Dr Michael de Podesta  National Physical Lab “How do you really know what the temperature is?”
Week 3 Dr Peter Wothers  University of Cambridge “Gods, Devils and Alcohol—their influence in chemical nomenclature”
Week 4 Dr Susanne Shultz  University of Oxford “Primate social evolution: new perspectives on an old question”
Week 5 Professor Alison Smith  University of Cambridge “Green (and brown and red) energy—prospects for algal biofuels”
Week 6 Dr Susan Ozanne  Univeristy of Cambridge “You are what your mother ate: the developmental origins of type 2 diabetes”
Week 7 Professor Kevin Warwick  University of Reading “Human Enhancement: A User’s Guide”
Week 8 Dr Mark Briffa  University of Plymouth “Personality and a bit of aggression in marine invertebrates”
ACADEMIC YEAR 2011-2012
MICHAELMAS TERM 2011
Summer Michael Nielsen  author and advocate of open science “Open Science: The Promise and the Challenge”
Week 1 Dr Andrew Pontzen  University of Oxford “What is Cold Dark Matter? And is it heating up?”
Week 2 Dr Chris Faulkes  Queen Mary University of London “Biodiversity and sociality in African mole rats: an evolutionary perspective”
Week 3 Laurie Winkless  National Physical Laboratory “Raiders of the Lost Amp”
Week 4 The Reverend Ron Lancaster  Kimbolton Fireworks “Fireworks: Principles and Practice”
Week 5 Prof. Wade Allison  University of Oxford “What have we learnt from Fukushima?”
Week 6 Prof. Steve Jones  University College London “Incest and Folk Dancing: Two Things to Avoid”
*EVENT CANCELLED
Week 7 Mark Lynas  popular science author “Why scientists should take over the world”
Week 8 Dame Prof. Jocelyn Bell Burnell  University of Oxford “Will the world end in 2012? The astronomical evidence”
TRINITY TERM 2011
Week 1 Dr Len Fisher  Popular Science Author and Presenter “Science and Prediction: How Reliably Can We See the Future?”
Week 2 Prof. Robin Dunbar  University of Oxford “Why Humans Aren’t Just Great Apes”
Week 3 Cory Doctorow “A Little Bit Pregnant: Why It’s a Bad Idea to Regulate Computers the Way We Regulate Radios, Guns, Uranium and Other Special-Purpose Tools”
Week 4 Dr. Roi Cohen Kadosh  University of Oxford “Searching for the Mathematical Brain”
HILARY  TERM 2011
Week 1 Professor Stephen Curry  Imperial College London “Foot-and-mouth and foot-in-mouth: science and talking about science”
Week 2 David McCandless “Information Is Beautiful” (joint event with Oxford Invariants)
Week 3 Dr Nick Lane  UCL Energetics and the evolution of complex life (joint event with Oxford Biological Society)
Week 4
Week 5 Professor David Sims  Plymouth “Lévy flights and the search behaviour of marine predators” (joint event with Oxford Biological Society)
Week 6 Professor David Fell  Oxford Brookes University “Modeling Biochemical Networks: from DNA to Cellular Function”
Week 7 Dr Adrian Jenkins  British Antarctic Survey “Ocean forcing of ice sheet change in West Antarctica” (joint event with Oxford Geology Group)
Week 8 Professor Sonia Contera  University of Oxford “Nanotechnology: From Single Molecule Biophysics to Biology and Nanomedicine” (joint event with Oxford Transhumanists)
Ninth Week
ACADEMIC YEAR 2010-2011
MICHAELMAS TERM 2010
Week 1 Professor Chris Boshoff  University College London Viral Oncology
Week 2 Film Night The Age of Stupid
Week 3 Dr Michael Chappell  University of Oxford Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Week 4 Dr Waljit Dhillo  Imperial College London Kisspeptin (novel hormone)
Week 5 Professor Dame Athene Donald  University of Cambridge Females in Science (In association with Women’s Initiative, Oxford Union)
Week 6 Professor Jean-Pierre Allain  University of Cambridge Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)
Week 7 Dr Elspeth Graham  University of St Andrews CHAMPSEA
Week 8 Dr Anders Sandberg, James Martin research fellow  University of Oxford ”What does a computational neuroscientist do in the philosophy department?”
TRINITY TERM 2010
Week 1 Professor Monica Grady  the Open University Astronomy by Microscope
Week 2 Professor Charles Godfray FRS  University of Oxford Malaria, Mosquitoes, and Models
Week 3 Professor Enrico Cohen  John Innes Centre, Norwich The Snapdragon’s Tale: How Genes Control Shape (Co-hosted with The Oxford Biological Society)
Week 3 Punting (members only) Meet at the punt house
Week 4 Professor David Pyle  University of Oxford Volcanic Eruptions: Causes and Consequences
HILARY  TERM 2010
Week 1 Professor Stuart Warren  Cambridge University Inventing Chemistry and Writing Textbooks
Week 2 Professor Amanda Cooper-Sarkar  Oxford University What are we really looking for at the Large Hadron Collider?
Week 3 Joint observation session Joint observation session with OUSAS (Oxford University Space and Astronomical Society)
Week 4 Professor Sir Richard Friend  University of Cambridge Plastic Electronics: Carbon-based semiconductors—new science, new engineering and new applications
Week 5 Professor Christopher French  Goldsmiths college  University of London The Psychology of Anomalous Experiences
Week 6 Professor Peter McOwan  Queen Mary college  University of London The Magic of Computer Science: Are You Watching Closely?
Week 7 Professor Sir Martin Evans  Cardiff University Co-hosted with Oxford University Biochemical Society
Week 8 Professor Vincent Cunliffe  University of Sheffield Fishing for clues: how zebrafish are making a big splash in biochemical research
ACADEMIC YEAR 2009-2010  (The Open University
MICHAELMAS TERM 2009
Week 1 Dr Aubrey de Grey  SENS Foundation Applying Regenerative Medicine to the Problem of Ageing
Week 2 Dr Edmund Harriss The Open University How do Shapes Fill Space?
Week 3 Dr David Watkin University of Oxford So, what does Vitamin C Look Like?
Week 4 Professor Julia Yeomans University of Oxford Nature’s Raincoats
Week 5 Professor Andrew deMello Imperial College London The Lilliput Laboratory: is Size Important?
Week 6 Professor Nicola Clayton University of Cambridge Comparative Cognition: Lessons from Corvids and Children
Week 7 Black Tie Christmas Dinner
Week 7 Professor Carlos Frenk University of Durham The Great Cosmic Gamble: Making Galaxies from Nothing
Week 8 Professor Andrew Abbott University of Leicester Plastic from Potatoes and Rubber from Rice
TRINITY TERM 2009
Week 1 Professor Lynn Margulis  University of Massachusetts Amherst Early Evolution of Earth’s Life
Week 4 Professor Simon Baron-Cohen  University of Cambridge Prenatal Testosterone in Mind
*CANCELLED
Week 4 Professor Sir David King  University of Oxford 21st Century Challenges
Week 5 Professor Peter Atkins  University of Oxford The Nature of Energy
HILARY  TERM 2009
Week 1 Susie Sheehy and Andrew Steele Accelerate! Physics Show
Week 2 Nick Lane—Popular Science Author From the Origin of Life to the Origin of Complexity
Week 3 Prof Dennis Noble  Oxford The Music of Life: How to Put Humpty-Dumpty Back Together Again
Week 4 Dr Jim Bennett  Museum of the History of Science What is the (Museum of the) History of Science for?
Week 5 Prof Simon Conway-Morris  University of Cambridge Darwin’s Compass: How Evolution Discovers the Song of Creation
Week 6 Prof Joyce Tait  University of Edinburgh Science and Technology Foresight—Can we do it?
*CANCELLED
Week 7 Prof Peter Donnelly The Genetics of Common Human Diseases
Week 8 Sir Peter Mansfield  Nottingham Snap-shot MRI and Beyond
Week 8 Prof Andrew de Mello  Imperial College London Chemical Nanoscience
*CANCELLED
ACADEMIC YEAR 2008-2009
MICHAELMAS TERM 2008
Week 1 Welcome drinks
Week 2 Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys  Royal Society Genetic Fingerprinting and Beyond
Week 3 Prof Tim Hunt Getting in and out of mitosis
Week 4 Dr Fumiko Esashi Old and new role of CDKs in the maintenance of genome integrity
Week 5 Sir Peter Mansfield Snap-shot MRI and Beyond
*CANCELLED
Week 6 Prof John Walker Oxygen, Energy Conversion, Life and Health
Week 7 Prof Jean Beggs TBA
*CANCELLED
Week 8 Prof Colin Blakemore Vision Impossible
TRINITY TERM 2008
Week 1 Dr Paul JA Howarth  Director of Research,  Dalton Nuclear Institute  Manchester University Future Energy Policy – The Role of Nuclear
Week 2 John E Walker  Medical Research Council Dunn Human Nutrition Unit,  Cambridge Oxygen, Energy Conversion, Life and Health
Week 3 Professor Richard Crowther  Head of Space Technology, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory The Outlook For Near-Earth Space Exploration
Week 4 Jacob Klein Israeli Medical Developments: Saving Lives Worldwide
Week 4 EFDA-JET  Culham Science Centre OUSS Visit to the Joint European Torus (JET)
Week 8 Susan Greenfield ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century
HILARY  TERM 2008
Week 2 Professor Andrew Briggs  Department of Materials, University of Oxford The Emerging Discipline of Quantum Nanoscience
Week 3 Professor Brian Ford  Broadcaster and writer, Leicester The Intelligence of Cells
Week 4 Professor Graham Richards  Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford Molecules by the Million – the use of computers in drug discovery
Week 6 Professor Philip Maini  Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford Mathematical Modelling of Solid Cancer Growth
Week 8 Mr Kamil Fadel  Palais de la découverte, Paris Lucky Life & Magic Furnace
ACADEMIC YEAR 2007-2008
MICHAELMAS TERM 2007
Week 1 Welcome Drinks
Week 2 Dr Aubrey de Grey Chairman and Chief Science Officer of the Methuselah Foundation, Cambridge Prospects for extending healthy life – a lot
Week 3 Mr Andrew Lound UK Regional Coordinator for The Planetary Society To see the beginning of Time
Week 4 Sir Richard Peto Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology Halving premature death
Week 5 Professor Alan Baddeley Professor of Psychology, York Developing the concept of working memory
Week 6 Professor Wade Allison Professor of Physics, Oxford Nuclear without fear
Week 7 Professor Jonathan Hodgkin Professor of Genetics, Oxford Studying bacterial warfare using a tiny nematode worm
Week 7 Black Tie Dinner
Week 8 Professor Heinz Wolff Emeritus Professor of Bioengineering, Brunel Science, Society, Education and the Future. Have we got it all wrong?
Week 8 Tour of Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
TRINITY TERM 2007
Week 1 Dr Eric Werner University of Oxford and Cellnomica Inc What do genes mean?
Week 2 Professor Andrew Briggs Professor of nanomaterials, University of Oxford The emerging discipline of quantum nanoscience
Week 3 Professor Elizabeth Warrington UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience The organization of knowledge systems in the brain
Week 4 Professor Bryan Sykes To be announced
HILARY  TERM 2007
Week 1 Dr Chris Lintott Co-presenter of The Sky at Night The 1st Stars
Week 2 Dr Nick Lane Honorary Senior Research Fellow, UCL Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life
Week 2 Career Services Alternatives for Scientists
Week 3 Elaine Baxter Topsat Operations Manager, QinetiQ TopSat – low cost imagery from space
Week 3 Accenture Career Event: What is Management Consultancy?
Week 4 Professor Peter Smith Special Professor of Sustainable Energy, University of Nottingham Beware the Tipping Point: A Scenario for Renewables
Week 5 Professor John Wood FREng Cheif Executive, Council for the Central Laboratories of the Research Councils Big Science and Materials: Opportunities, Breakthroughs and the Future
Week 5 High Profile Speaker Animals in Medical Research: Magic or Tragic?
Week 7 Tour of the MINI Factory Plant
Week 6 Professor Chris Leaver Head of the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford GM Crops: Food for Thought
Week 7 Reverend Professor Alister McGrath Professor of Theology, Oxford University Has Science Disproved God? Richard Dawkins on the ‘God Delusion’
Week 8 Dr Phil Donoghue Department of Earth Sciences, Bristol University Paleontology, Particle Physics and Penis Worms
ACADEMIC YEAR 2006-2007
MICHAELMAS TERM 2006
Week 1 Welcome drinks
Week 2 Dr A Fitzgibbon Microsoft Research Centre Computer Vision and the Geometry of Nature
Week 3 Reverend Ron Lancaster MBE Kimbolton Fireworks Fireworks: Principles and Practice
Week 3 Tour of the Oxford Museum of the History of Science
Week 4 Mr Jay Tate Spaceguard UK Avoiding Armageddon
Week 5 Elaine Baxter Topsat Operations Manager, QinetiQ Topsat: low cost imagery from space
Week 5 Professor Steven Jones Professor of Genetics at University College London Why intelligent design is for stupid people
Week 6 Professor Sir Roger Penrose Oxford University Before the Big Bang: A radical solution to a profound cosmological mystery
Week 6 Trip to Didcot Power Station
Week 7 Mr Peter Head Director of ARUP The Dontang Eco-City Project
Week 7 OU Scientific Society Black Tie Dinner
Week 8 Professor Peter Edwards Oxford University Hydrogen: Key to a sustainable energy future?
TRINITY TERM 2006
Week 1 Dr Martin Westwell Institution of the Future of the Mind The future of the mind
Week 2 Professor Patrick Grant Cookson Professor of Materials The manufacture of new materials for industrial applications using droplets
Week 3 Professor Frank Close Professor of Particle Physics The Particle Odyssey
Week 4 Professor Chris Schofield Chemical Research Laboratory The chemistry of natural oxygen sensing
HILARY  TERM 2006
Week 1 Careers Careers Service Event
Week 2 Dr Shamita Das Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford Earthquakes
Week 4 Dr. Sarah Rowland-Jones Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford Towards an HIV vaccine
Week 5 Frazer Pearce School of Physics and Astronomy, Nottingham University Exoplanets: are we alone?
Week 6 Professor George G Brownlee, FRS Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford The bird flu threat
Week 7 Professor Nevill and Professor Greg Whyte University of Wolverhampton and English Institute of Sport Are there limits to running world-records?
Week 8 Vikram Patel London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Achieving the Millennium Development Goals
ACADEMIC YEAR 2005-2006
MICHAELMAS TERM 2005
Week 2 Professor Jim Horne Sleep Research Laboratory, Loughborough University Why Sleep?
Week 3 Dr. Sarah Rowland-Jones Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford Towards an HIV vaccine? Lessons from Africa
Week 4 Dr. John Emsley Department of Chemistry, Cambridge Elements of Murder: The Dark Side of the Periodic Table
Week 6 Dr Cyril Isenberg Department of Physical Sciences, University of Kent at Canterbury The Magic of Soap Bubbles
Week 7 Prof C. Wickramasinghe Department of Mathematics, Cardiff University The Continuing Search for our Cosmic Ancestry
Week 8 Professor Igor Aleksander Imperial College Machines with Minds: Hype or Sensible Science?
TRINITY TERM 2005
Week 1 Professor Alan Windle FRS Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge Carbon Nanotubes: a new science, a new benefit?
Week 2 Professor John Brooke Department of Theology, University of Oxford Famous myths in the history of science
Week 3 Professor Les Iversen Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford Medical Marijuana
Week 4 Professor Malcolm Haines Department of Physics, Imperial College London Controlled Fusion: a broad approach
HILARY  TERM 2005
Week 2 Dr. John Stein Department of Physiology, University of Oxford Eyes, Ears, Families and Fish – The Magnocellular Hypothesis of Developmental Dyslexia
Week 4 Dr. P Barham Department of Physics, Bristol University The Physics of Ice Cream
Week 5 Dr. J Young Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine – Imperial College, London Newton and the Nature of Electronic Editions ~ An Introduction to the Isaac Newton Manuscript Project
Week 7 Dr. Armand Leroi Department of Biological Sciences – Imperial College, London The Genes that make us Human
Week 8 Chris Luebkeman Director and leader of Arup’s global Foresight and Innovation initiative Can you imagine…?
ACADEMIC YEAR 2004-2005
MICHAELMAS TERM 2004
Week 2 Dr. Hans Kraus Department of Physics, University of Oxford Dark Matter in the Universe
Week 4 Prof Peter Atkins Department of Chemistry, Oxford University Galileo’s Finger: The ten great ideas of science
Week 5 Professor Robert McNeill Alexander School of Biology, University of Leeds How animals do the (apparently) impossible.
Week 6 Professor Giles Davies School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds Squeezing more out of the electromagnetic spectrum: terahertz science and technology
Week 6 Visit to JET Joint European Torus
Week 7 Professor Mitch Dowsett Head of Biochemistry, Institute of Cancer Research Science increases incidence but reduces mortality from breast cancer
Week 8 Professor Paul Coleman Department of Physics, University of Bath Probing Matter with Antimatter
TRINITY TERM 2004
Week 2 Professor Emeritus Richard Langton Gregory Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol Phenomenal Phenomena – the nature of perception
Week 3 Dr. Vlatko Vedral Centre for Quantum Computation, Imperial College, University of London Keeping It Real: Untangling Entanglement
Week 4 Dr Philippe Blondel Department of Physics, University of Bath From Bath to the Ocean: Seabed mapping, the past and the future
HILARY  TERM 2004
Week 2 Dr. John Tippetts Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield Fluidics
Week 3 Professor Frank Close Professor of Particle Physics Lucifer’s Legacy
Week 7 Adrian Hon The Queen’s College, Oxford University The Human Mission to Mars
Week 8 Professor Julia Slingo Centre for Global Atmospheric Modelling, Reading University Climate in a Changing World
Week 6 Visit
ACADEMIC YEAR 2003-2004
MICHAELMAS TERM 2003
Week 1 Welcome BBQ
Week 2 Professor Alan Cooper Henry Wellcome Ancient Biomolecules Centre, Oxford University Ancient DNA Studies of Humans and Animals
Week 3 Timothy Walker Botanic Gardens, Oxford University The Healing Power of Plants
Week 5 Visit to The Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Week 6 Professor A. Peter Willmore School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Birmingham Gamma Ray Bursts
Week 7 Professor W. Graham Richards Chairman of Chemistry, University of Oxford The Screensaver, Lifesaver Project
Week 8 Reverend Ron Lancaster MBE Kimbolton Fireworks Fireworks!!
TRINITY TERM 2003
Week 1 Sir Brian K. Follett Department of Zoology, University of Oxford The Marriage Of Animal Behaviour To Molecular Biology
Week 1 Clubbing at The Bridge
Week 2 Colin Jack Author Smarter Ways to Space Travel
Week 3 Professor Chris Leaver Head of the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford Food for Thought
Week 4 Movie Night – X-Men Members only
The Eden Project
HILARY  TERM 2003
Week 1 Professor Tom Kirkwood University of Newcastle Ageing, Sex and Death
Week 2 Visit to Body Worlds Exhibition, London
Week 3 Dr. Alan Penny Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Looking for Life on Extra-Solar Planets
Week 4 Dr Sara Russell Natural History Museum Meteorites
Week 5 Dr Mark Rodger University of Warwick Molecular Simulation
Week 7 Professor Horace Barlow University of Cambridge Seeing Motion
Week 8 Professor Robert Donovan University of Edinburgh Laser Spectroscopy
Week 8 Marc Abrahams editor and co-founder of Annals of Improbable Research Ig Nobel Prize Tour
ACADEMIC YEAR 2002-2003
MICHAELMAS TERM 2002
Week 1 Professor Jim Horne Sleep Research Laboratory, Loughborough University Why Sleep?
Week 2 Alex Griffiths BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol Filming Mammals for the BBC Natural History Unit
Week 3 Dr Ian I. Kogan Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford Modification of Gravity at large Scale: Telescope for the Microworld
Week 3 Trip to JET – Joint European Torus
Week 4 Professor Chris Calladine Structural Mechanics, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge Construction and operation of bacterial flagella
Week 5 Professor William D.Grant Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Leicester From Soda Lakes to Salt Mines
Week 6 Professor Peter Andrews Chairman, Dept. Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield From teratocarcinoma to embryonic stem cells: Tools for human embryology and re-generative medicine
Week 7 Professor Peter Cargill Space and Atmospheric Physics, The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College Cosmic Storms
Week 7 Black Tie dinner
TRINITY TERM 2002
Week 1 Professor Paul J. Davis Visiting Professor of Applied Immunology, University of Kent at Canterbury Much ado about infection
Week 2 Mr Doug Dadswell Babtie Group, Allot and Lomax design and Construction of the London Eye
Week 3 Professor Steven Jones Professor of Genetics at University College London The Descent of man
Week 4 Professor Peter Lillford Visiting Professor, University of Nottingham, Visiting Chair, University of York Don’t talk with your mouth full – The Physics of Eating
Week 4 Visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester, email for details
HILARY  TERM 2002
Week 3 Professor Peter I. P. Kalmus Emeritus Professor, Queen Mary’s College, University of London The Forces of Nature
Week 4 Professor Richard Gardner Department of Zoology, University of Oxford Harnessing Embryonic Stem Cells and Cloning: How and Why
Week 7 Professor Lewis Wolpert Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, University College London The Unnatural Nature of Science
Week 8 Dr Elspeth Garman University of Oxford Curing Mankind’s Biggest Killer – The Common Flu
Simon Singh Author and Journalist The Science of Secrecy a joint event with BlackwellsCafe Scientifique.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2001-2002
MICHAELMAS TERM 2001
Week 1 Dr Cyril Isenberg Department of Physical Sciences, University of Kent at Canterbury The Magic of Soap Bubbles
Week 2 Professor Tom Mullin Manchester Center for Non-linear dynamics Patterns in the sand
Week 3 Dr. Alan Penny Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Signs of Life on Other Earths
Week 4 Dr Hugh Cartwright Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Oxford Instinctive Science: Can Machines Out-Think Scientists?
Week 5 Dr Adam Baker Space Department, QinetiQ Free QinetiQ Careers Presentation
Week 5 Dr Roy Lehrle School of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham Forensics: Fakes and Failures
Week 6 Professor David Widdowson Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London Chemistry Against The Clock: From Atom to Drug in Just One Hour
Week 7 Dr Alan Chapman Department of Modern History, Oxford University The Canon, the Chemist and the Dinosaurs: Oxford and the Origins of Fossil Geology
Week 8 Movie Night – Galaxy Quest Members Only
TRINITY TERM 2001
Week 1 Prof Kevin Warwick Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading A Cyborg Life For Me!
Week 2 Dr Mark S Leeson School of Engineering, University of Warwick The Future of Optical and Wireless Communications
Week 3 Trip to Bletchley Park
Week 3 Prof Artur Ekert Centre for Quantum Computation Quantum Cryptography
Week 4 Dr Dick Parry Dept of Engineering, Universityof Cambridge Pyramid Power and The Secrets Of Stonehenge
HILARY  TERM 2001
Week 3 Dr. Susan Blackmore Department of Psychology, University of the West of England Memes and Minds
Week 4 Major Jonathan Tate Director of Spaceguard UK Cometary impacts – Can we protect our planet?
Week 5 Dr. John Emsley Department of Chemistry, Cambridge Perfumes, pampers, nicotine patches – is it really chemistry
Week 6 Dr. John Tippetts Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield Watts, Bits and Fluid Mechanics
Week 7 Dr. Vlatko Vedral Centre for Quantum Computation, Imperial College, University of London Heat and Computation – The Science of Forgetting
Week 8 Tour of the Oxford Museum of the History of Science
Week 8 Dr. Sarah Rowland-Jones Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford Towards and HIV vaccine, Lessons from Africa
ACADEMIC YEAR 2000-2001
MICHAELMAS TERM 2000
Week 2 Dr. P Barham Department of Physics, Bristol University The Physics of Ice Cream
Week 4 Prof. R Eccles Common Cold Centre, Cardiff University The common cold – some unexplained mysteries
Week 3 Bodleian Tour
Week 5 A. Hart-Davis BBC TV presenter and author Local Heroes
Week 6 Video Night – Contact starring Jodie Foster
Week 7 Video Night or Quiz ight, TBA
Week 8 Prof C. Wickramasinghe Department of Mathematics, Cardiff University Evidence that life is a cosmic phenomenon
TRINITY TERM 2000
Week 2 Prof Colin Blakemore FRS Oxford University Nature and nurture in the building of the brain
Week 3 Alexsander How to build a mind – the Hype and the Reality
Week 4 Professor Vernon Reynolds Oxford University Clever but nasty: Chimpanzees and Human Evolution
Week 5 Professor Frank Close Professor of Particle Physics Lucifer’s Legacy – the meaning of assymmetry
HILARY  TERM 2000
Week 2 Dr Matt Ridley Genome: Autobiography of a Species
Week 3 Prof J.M.R. Graham Alternative Energies: Wind and Wave
Week 4 Guided tour of the Bodleian
Week 5 Dr Monica Grady Natural History Museum Can Meteorites Show there was Life on Mars?
Week 6 Dr Sunil Shaunak Why and how does HIV continue to replicate despite HAART
Week 7 Dr David Deutsch http://www.qubit.org/people/david/David.html The Multiverse and Quantum Computers
Week 8 Dr. J Young Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine – Imperial College, London Children and Television Advertising
ACADEMIC YEAR 1999-2000
MICHAELMAS TERM 1999
Week 3 Professor Tom Mullin Manchester Center for Non-linear dynamics From Chaos to the Indian Rope Trick
Week 5 Revd Ron Lancaster Kimbolton Fireworks Fireworks!
Week 6 Dr Leo Kinlen Childhood Cancer Research Group, Oxford University Population Mixing, Infection & Childhood Leukaemia
Week 7 Prof Douglas Gough Institute of Astrophysics, Cambridge University Listen to the Sun Shine
Week 8 Rupert Sheldrake Freelance Scientist Telepathy and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals
TRINITY TERM 1999
Week 1 Prof Colin Webb FRS Professor of Laser Physics, University of Oxford Making Light Work: Application of High Powered Lasers
Week 2 Guided tour of the Bodleian
Week 2 Professor W. Graham Richards Chairman of Chemistry, University of Oxford The Creation of Oxford Molecular Group
Week 3 Prof Susan Greenfield Department of Pharmacology, Oxford University The Brain of the Future
Week 4 Prof Brian Goodwin Schumacher College, Devon From Control to Participation in Science
Week 5 Dr Robert Sim Dept of Biochemistry, University of Oxford Innate Immunity in the Lung
HILARY  TERM 1999
Week 3 Prof Kevin Warwick Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading Super Intelligent Machines or Cyborgs – Who will rule the world in the future…?
Week 4 Dr Ian Saunders Department of Physics, Lancaster University The Uncommon Sense of Relativity
Week 6 Prof Robin Dunbar Department of Psychology, Liverpool University The Evolution of the Social Brain – Why do we spend such a large part of our conversations on social gossip…?
Week 7 Prof Peter Atkins Department of Chemistry, Oxford University The book, the disk and the future… – A speculation about the impact of multimedia on textbooks
Week 8 Prof Andrew Mills & Dr Peter Douglas Dept. Chemistry, University of Wales, Swansea Chemistry and Light – Photochemistry in Action: A Demonstration Lecture
ACADEMIC YEAR 1998-1999
MICHAELMAS TERM 1998
Week 3 Prof Herbert Huppert Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge Did the Earth Move for You?
Week 4
Week 4 Dr John Salthouse Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester Son et Lumiere
Week 5 Prof Kay-Tee Khaw Department of Clinical Gerontology, Addenbrookes’ Hospital, Cambridge Is There an Anti-Ageing Diet?
Week 6 Dr Chris Solomon Applied Optics Group, University of Kent at Canterbury My Face is My Password
Week 7
Week 7 Dr Chris Howe Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge Evolution – from Cells to Chaucer
Week 8 Dr Richard Wiseman Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal Investigating Claims of the Paranormal
TRINITY TERM 1998
Week 1 Dr Kim Plunkett Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford Mechanisms of Word Learning
Week 2 Guided tour of the Bodleian
Week 2 Prof Edith Sim Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford Genes & Environment – Partners in Causing Disease?
Week 3 Revd Ron Lancaster Kimbolton Fireworks Fireworks: Principles and Practice
Week 4 Sharp UK
Week 5 Professor W. Graham Richards Chairman of Chemistry, University of Oxford The Origins of Oxford Molecular Group
HILARY  TERM 1998
Week 3 Wilmut Cloning Dolly the Sheep (cancelled)
Week 4 Rutherford Appleton labs
Week 4 Dr Hugh Cartwright Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Oxford Artificial Intelligence
Week 5 Irvine Special Effects and Future Fantastic
Week 6 Bagnall The Physics of Skiing
Week 7 Colin Jack Author The Impossible Paradox – One World or Many?
Week 8
Week 8 JET
ACADEMIC YEAR 1997-1998
MICHAELMAS TERM 1997
Week 6 O’Leary The Paradigms of Science
Week 7 Professor Sir Roger Penrose Oxford University Science and the Mind
Week 8
Week 8 Sharp Laboratories
Week 8 SciSoc end-of-term pub crawl
TRINITY TERM 1997
Week 2 Prof Kevin Warwick Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading March of the Machines
Week 3 Kroto C60 : Buckminsterfullerene
Week 3 Rutherford Appleton laboratory
Week 4
Week 4 Dunkley Sir Norman Lockyer, his life and works
Week 4 Punt Party
Week 5 Walton The Paranormal – Science or Fiction
Week 5 Oxford Instruments
Week 6 Professor Steven Jones Professor of Genetics at University College London What Sex Really Means
Week 7
HILARY  TERM 1997
Week 2 Say it with frozen flowers
Week 3 Dr John Salthouse Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester Son et Lumiere
Week 4
Week 4 Foetal pain – does it exist?
Week 5 JET
Week 6 DNA-based technology – a step too far?
Week 7 the Bodleian
Week 7
ACADEMIC YEAR 1996-1997
MICHAELMAS TERM 1996
Week 2 Lacey The BSE Cover-up Uncovered
Week 3 Nowak The Evolution of Cooperation
Week 4
Week 4 The Pig Improvement Company
Week 4 Keeley Forensic Science
Week 5 Deliyanakis Bringing Fusion Power Down to Earth
Week 6 Maynard-Smith Animal Signals and Human Language
Week 6 Battle with the Invariants
Week 7 The Rover Plant, Cowley
Week 7

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