Wednesday 24 May 6.30


Professor Lynn Gladden
The ‘magnetic eye’: Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to send medicine and engineering

Lynn Gladden qualified by study Chemical Physics at the University of Bristol ahead of training as a schoolteacher, and at another time did a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. Lynn heads up the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in the University, in which place she is a Professor of Chemical Engineering. She was besides Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Cambridge 2010-2016.

Monday 29 May 6.30
Preceded ~ dint of. a Children’s Lecture at 4.30


Lord Robert Winston
‘What makes us bright?’

What led to French speculator Michel de Montaigne thanking fortune towards the pain he suffered? Or why did Mahler apparently stop composing subsequently his meeting in Holland with Sigmund Freud? Why was Alfred J Prufrock in T S Eliot’s piece of poetry so chronically depressed and suffering in the way that much lack of self-esteem? Shall we till doomsday really understand what makes us light-hearted?

To some extent, the ability to subsist happy is inherited, but social scientists consider emphasized that various environmental influences – freedom from disease, a stable society, economic advantages, gambler a major role. Professor Winston examines the role of brain imaging, hormone study, sexuality, nursling development, pharmacology and psychological research in intellectual faculties how science may help us be happier. Happy people tend to live longer, and latter research suggests we tend to procreate happier as we get older. Is this plainly because we become more forgetful? Can we put in order ourselves happier and if so, be disposed knowledge of brain function and in what way we might manipulate it give us further fulfilled lives?

Lord Winston is Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London. In the 1970s he developed gynaecological surgical techniques that improved plenteousness treatments. He later pioneered new treatments to improve in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and developed pre-implantation diagnosis. This allowed embryos to subsist screened for genetic diseases and has allowed parents carrying faulty genes to have children free of illnesses in the same state as cystic fibrosis. He now runs a careful search programme at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at Imperial College that aims to improve human transplantation. Robert Winston has above the top 300 scientific publications about human representation and the early stages of pregnancy. Robert Winston is furthermore Chairman of the Genesis Research Trust – a gift which raised over £13 million to establish the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology and what one. now funds high quality research into women’s freedom from disease and babies. He is passionate respecting the communication of science to persons of all ages and has written books on the side of children, adults and presented numerous documentaries and radio programs.

Monday 5 June 6.30


Dr Emily Shuckburgh
Might Ely become an island once more? A coming world of rising seas and changing meteorological character.

Polar Explorer and Oceanographer, Dr Emily Shuckburgh is a meteorological character scientist and is deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team at the British Antarctic Survey, that is focused on understanding the role of the polar oceans in the global climate system. She holds a number of positions at the University of Cambridge (peer of Darwin College, member of the Faculty of Mathematics, keep company of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research, comrade fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, subordinate part of the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment and member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership). She is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and co-seat of authority of their Climate Science Communications Group, a fiduciary of the Campaign for Science and Engineering and a branch of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute towards Mathematical Sciences. She has also acted because an advisor to the UK Government put ~ behalf of the Natural Envrionment Research Council.

Wednesday 7 June 6.30


Dr David Summers
‘What Darwin didn’t know…’

Charles Darwin published ‘On the cradle of Species’ in 1859. This germinal text changed science for ever and completely changed our comprehension of the natural world. But there are some things Darwin didn’t understand or understand at the time which are potentially even more earth shattering. David Summers takes us attached a journey through the history of genetics.

David Summers did his undergraduate space in Cambridge where, despite an at the beginning intention to become a chemist, he form in a mould himself specialising in genetics. After graduation he moved to Oxford to undertake a D. Phil studying the plasmids of Staph aureus and at another time to Glasgow University where he switched to his whole-time favourite bacterium, E. coli, in opposition to his post-doctoral work. After six years north of the border he returned to Cambridge University where he has remained ever since. For well besides a decade his research interests remained confirmed in plasmid biology but more lately this has morphed into an touch in bacterial signalling, including control of the bacterial simplest organism cycle and antibiotic resistance. David served at the same time that Head of the Department of Genetics from 2004-9 and has been Director of Studies in Biology at Gonville and Caius College since 1991. He chairs the Cambridge University Faculty Board of Biology.

Monday 12 June 6.30


Dr Carolin Crawford
Exploring the Solar System

Carolin is Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy in the University of Cambridge and Admissions Tutor, College Lecturer and Fellow of Emmanuel College . Carolin is some observational astronomer with many years of stirring research experience, carried out alongside – and later eclipsed ~ the agency of – a growing role in the public communication of science. This was recognised ~ means of her appointment as the Professor of Astronomy notwithstanding Gresham College 2011 – 2015. She is the Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy, in what place she runs an active public outreach plan. She can often be found discussing astronomical matters with a variety of audiences, including steady both national and local radio.

Wednesday 14 June 6.30


Dr Gina Radford
The Health of the Nation – Challenges and opportunities in the place of the 21st Century

Gina is Deputy Chief Medical Officer toward England, a post she took up in January 2015. Her mighty area of responsibility is the non-communicable sickness aspect of public health. Prior to her current role she has held a numerate of roles in public health, at local and regional level. Most recently she was considered in the state of Centre Director for Anglia and Essex notwithstanding Public Health England, and helped allure nationally on the public health replication to Ebola. She was until recently Chair of one of the NICE Public Health Advisory Committees. She has before worked on a number of general projects, including leading the Department of Health’s replication to the Shipman Enquiry, undertaking a re-survey of specialist public health for CMO Scotland, chairing a public short life working group looking at the termination of making difficult decisions in NHS Scotland, and enterprise the evaluation of the first guide (regional bowel cancer detection pilot) because of the Be Clear on Cancer National Awareness and Early Diagnosis (NAEDI) campaign, attached behalf of the Department of Health and Cancer Research UK. Outside toil, Gina is an ordained Minister in the Church of England. She enjoys riding, walking the ageing dog, public recital, and is the village duck keeper!

Sunday 18 June 6.30


Professor Sarah Coakley
‘Is in that place a Future for “Natural Theology”? Evolution, Cooperation and the Question of God’

Sarah Coakley is Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge and some honorary canon of Ely Cathedral. In this reproof she introduces the heart of the proof of her recent Gifford Lectures ~ward evolutionary cooperation, but extends it in a just discovered way to reflect on what virtue ‘natural theology’ can or should be seized of in contemporary culture and spiritual exercise .

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