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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

 

David, well known for his many talks on north and south polar regions will give his lecture amongst the traditional Ross Science Society merryment of its December mince pie and mulled wine meeting.
2018

Jan 10th 2018

Note 2nd Wednesday in Jan


Peter King

Local Geology

 


The talk centres around local geology, mainly Worcestershire, and is 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


TBA

March 7th 2018

 

TBC

 



TBA


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