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PROGRAMME  2017-2018

Sept 6th 2017

David Scaysbrick

Forensic Science
I joined the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory (Scotland Yard) in 1974 and in 2001 (my Welsh odyssey) transferred to the Home Office Forensic Science Service Lab in Chepstow. It closed in 2010 and following our redundancy my wife (a fellow forensic scientist) and I set up ‘S&T Forensics’, which runs as a freelance consultancy in the new privatised world of forensic science. I have since worked for most of the new forensic suppliers & many police forces.

Oct 4th 2017


Dr Tony Rex

Geologising in the Karakoram

The Karakoram mountains in north-east Pakistan are a mountain range to the north and west of the main Himalaya. The tectonic history of this mountain belt is associated with the India-Asia collision that resulted in the formation of the Himalayan mountain range and Tibetan Plateau. The mountain-building tectonics, geological history and geology of the Karakorum is presented based on an expedition to the area which the author was part of in the mid-1980’s. The geology, as well as the scenery, is awe-inspiring as the expedition follows the Baltoro Glacier through a wide variety of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous terrains. Some of the world’s highest peaks, including K2 and Nanga Parbat, are explored along the way in terms of their geology and the dynamic forces that created them.

Nov 1st 2017

Dr Annabel Cartwright

The Venus Hypothesis


The Cambrian Explosion, the sudden appearance on Earth of complex life, from 550 to 450 million years ago, is one of the great puzzles of Evolution. This period coincides with the violent resurfacing of Venus, our nearest neighbour, which is now a hostile and uninhabitable planet. Recent models show that Venus would have been habitable before this, and may have been the first inhabited planet in the Solar System. I will examine the hypothesis that complex life evolved on Venus and then travelled to Earth on ejecta from Venus’s surface. I will show that this hypothesis answers the many puzzles of the Cambrian explosion, and is also supported by the evidence of impact craters and curious geological features of the period.

Dec 6th 2017

David Fletcher

Transport in support of Antarctic Science Exploration


David in a break from his usual science based lecture will give an illustrated talk about the "backstage" element of Antarctic exploration. From icebreakers to skidoo's, Quadbikes or Hagglund ATV's (all terrain vehicles) to aeroplanes and helicopters and so on, even to dog teams. With 18 unpaved runways, some in winter are simply solid sea runways.

Each and every element is important to sustaining exploratory science in the field.


Jan 10th 2018

Note 2nd Wednesday in Jan

Peter King

Local Geology


Peter's career led to his interest in geology and his talk will centered around local geological features, mainly Worcestershire, and illustrated with pictures of local use of building stone, engineering works and landslip repairs, which provide some of the few opportunities to see what really lies beneath our feet!

Feb 14th 2018

Note 2nd Wednesday in Feb

Prof David Evans

The Physics Behind the Large Hadron Collider
The relativistic heavy-ion group at Birmingham uses the world's most powerful particle accelerators to study nuclear matter at extreme temperatures and pressures, mimicking the conditions of the early universe. The group harnesses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern using the ALICE detector, dedicated to making and characterising quark-gluon plasmas; a perfect liquid of 'free' quarks and gluons.

March 7th 2018



Dr Keith Moseley


Almost to the day, it is eleven years since Dr Moseley last gave a talk on the Outer Planets to Ross Science Society.

Knowledge has increased massively since then and in recent times Earth orbit satellites have increased our understanding of terrestrial geology and now, fly past space probes, orbiting telescopes and landers are enriching our understanding of our planets and moons in the solar system.

April 4th 2018

Mark Singleton

What is new in 21st Century Building Construction

Englands housing needs warrants a new Milton Keynes, building constuction and materials need new thinking, has Mark Singleton got an answer?

Mark has been involved in the development of a new structural building material, using fibreglass made by the pultrusion process. It has surprising properties. In 2012, it was used to build a three-storey house without steel or concrete, that is energy-efficient to Passivhaus standards. His latest invention is a lightweight fibreglass truss, joined without metal or adhesive. At 40% of the weight of steel that will support the same load, it reduces CO2 emissions by 80%.

Winner of the Travis Perkins Innovation Award 2016, its likely impact on construction will be discussed.


June 20th 2018

A morning visit to Nimbus Recording Studio at Wyastone

The Wyastone Business Park
Wyastone Leys
Monmouth NP25 3SR