Termcard

All Oxford University Scientific Society events are open to the general public. All talks begin at 18:30.

Michaelmas Term 2018:

Week 1 Wed 10/10 Richard Dinan, Applied Fusion Systems
Will Fusion Reactors Power Space Rockets?
Week 2 Wed 17/10 Prof J Doyne Farmer, Oxford Martin School
Prediction in Economics and Elsewhere
Week 3 Wed 24/10 Richard Barker
“Bioscience – Lost in Translation?”
Week 4 Wed 31/10 Science Social
Week 5 Wed 07/11 Prof Chris Fairburn, Oxford NHS Trust
Developing Effective Psychological Treatments
Week 6 Wed 14/11 Dr Elsa Sotiriadis, The Biofuturist
How Biology became the Next Great Software Revolution
Week 7 Wed 21/11 Prof Brad Gibson, University of Hull
The Death of Planet Earth
Week 8 Wed 28/11 Prof Varinder Aggarwal, University of Bristol
Organic Synthesis in the 21st Century, and why Fish is Always Served with a Slice of Lemon

NOTE: Events are £2 for non-members of OUSS, and free for members. Membership can be bought on the door (£10 for one year or £20 for life).

Events:
Week 1: Richard Dinan, Applied Fusion Systems
Will Fusion Reactors Power Space Rockets?
Venue
: Quaker Meeting House, 43 St Giles
Richard Dinan is the founder of Applied Fusion Systems, a private manufacturer of nuclear fusion reactors in the UK. He has also published a book on the subject; ‘The Fusion Age’ – Modern Nuclear Reactors. Richard retains an interest in a number of other technology businesses. His companies have built and designed rapid prototyping facilities for European Defence and Aerospace companies including Airbus, Jaguar-Range Rover and the Dubai Space Agency. His robotics and prototyping innovations have been endorsed and showcased by the British Government and have been used to represent British innovation by David Cameron in Germany in 2014.


Week 2: Prof J Doyne Farmer, Oxford Martin School
Prediction in economics and elsewhere
Venue:
The Mitre, High Street

What is a prediction?  What is a model?  And how might we make better economic predictions than those we make now?  I will discuss these fundamental questions with illustrations from my own career, including beating roulette, beating the stock market and my current quest to make better economic models.

Week 3: Richard Barker
“Bioscience – Lost in Translation?”
Venue:
Medieval Kitchen, Brasenose College, Radcliffe Square, OX1 4AJ

The translation of exciting bioscience breakthroughs into real patient benefit is one of mankind’s least productive activities – and it’s getting worse over time. The talk will highlight the problem, diagnose some of the ‘gaps in translation’ that causes it, and prescribe the key changes to the life science ecosystem that are necessary – many of them based on recent advances in precision medicine.


Week 4: Science Social
Venue: TBA


Week 5: Prof Chris Fairburn, Oxford NHS Trust
Developing Effective Psychological Treatments: Tales from a 30-year Wellcome Programme
Venue: 
Stocker Room, Brasenose College, Radcliffe Square, OX1 4AJ

Prof Chris Fairburn has been supported by Wellcome since 1984, allowing him to pursue a programme of work directed at the treatment of eating disorders (anorexia nervosa and related states). This has resulted in the development of the most effective interventions for these illnesses, all of which are strongly endorsed by NICE and in use worldwide. In addition, he has pioneered the use of the Internet to disseminate psychological treatments. In this presentation, Prof Fairburn will highlight the challenges he has faced and how he addressed them.


Week 6: Dr Elsa Sotiriadis, The Biofuturist
How Biology became the Next Great Software Revolution
Venue:
Stocker room, Brasenose College

Elsa Sotiriadis is a globetrotting synthetic biologist, technologist and futurist with a background in bioengineering, startups, venture capital and emerging technologies.

She has helped build 25 ground-breaking deep tech startups as an early-stage VC, founded a “cancer moonshot” to develop programmable DNA nanostructures for her PhD at Imperial College London and helped F500 companies capitalize on disruptive innovation technologies as managment consultant.
​Elsa biohacked her hand with a chip live on stage. She now has the tech superpower to trigger a genetic orchestra just by handswipe.


Week 7: Prof Brad Gibson, University of Hull
 The Death of Planet Earth
Venue:
Stocker room, Brasenose College

Planet Earth has existed for five billion years, but what about the next five billion? Strap yourself in for a whirlwind exploration of Planet Earth’s future.

Prof Brad Gibson is the Head of Physics and Director of the EA Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull. He was the first to identify the locations in the Milky Way most likely to harbour complex biological life, for which his work was named by National Geographic magazine as one of the top 10 news stories of the year. Brad’s work has been acknowledged by his peers 20,000 times, making him one of the top few most cited academics globally. His outreach efforts have led to him opening for Brian Cox and Lucy Hawking at European AstroFest.


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
Venue:
Stocker room, Brasenose College

Prof Aggarwal is one of the most notable organic chemists in the UK, specializing in enantioselective synthesis. He has pioneered lithiation-borylation chemistry to tailor molecules with exquisite stereocontrol. Prof Aggarwal studied chemistry at Cambridge University and received his PhD in the group of Dr Stuart Warren, before moving to Columbia University for postdoctoral work with Gilbert Stork. Since 2000, he has worked at Bristol University, where he holds the Chair in Synthetic Chemistry. Prof Aggarwal has been awarded the Corday-Morgan and Organic Stereochemistry Prizes from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and was elected FRS in 2012.


NOTE: Events are £2 for non-members of OUSS, and free for members. Membership can be bought on the door (£10 for one year or £20 for life).