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Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis

LivWiSE, University of Liverpool

Thursday, 13 October 2016 from 17:30 to 19:30 (BST)

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LivWiSE is proud to welcome physicist and writer Laurie Winkless who will take us through a tour of the world of science and technology that keep a modern city working. Based on her book  ‘Science and the City The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis’ Laurie will explore how innovation and imaginative engineering have built the world we see today.

About Laurie

Laurie Winkless is a physicist and writer, currently based in London. Following a degree at Trinity College Dublin, a placement at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre, and a masters in Space Science at UCL, Laurie worked at the National Physical Laboratory, specialising in materials. Thermoelectric energy harvesting – where heat is captured and converted into electricity – was her bag, and remains a favourite topic of conversation.

Laurie has been communicating science to the public for more than a decade, working with schools and universities, the Royal Society, Forbes, and the Naked Scientists, amongst others. She's given TEDx talks, hung out with astronauts, and appeared in The Times magazine as a leading light in STEM. Science and the City is her first book.

About Science and the City

Cities are a big deal. More people now live in them than don't, and with a growing world population, the urban jungle is only going to get busier in the coming decades. But how often do we stop to think about what makes our cities work?

Cities are built using some of the most creative and revolutionary science and engineering ideas – from steel structures that scrape the sky to glass cables that help us communicate at the speed of light – but most of us are too busy to notice. Science and the City is your guidebook to that hidden world, helping you to uncover some of the remarkable technologies that keep the world's great metropolises moving.

Laurie Winkless takes us around cities in six continents to find out how they're dealing with the challenges of feeding, housing, powering and connecting more people than ever before. In this book, you'll meet urban pioneers from history, along with today's experts in everything from roads to time, and you will uncover the vital role science has played in shaping the city around you. But more than that, by exploring cutting-edge research from labs across the world, you'll build your own vision of the megacity of tomorrow, based on science fact rather than science fiction.

“Offers a unique insight into the revolutionary thinking that is shaping big cities around the world.” –   Sunday Times 

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Further Information

The venue may be in use until 6pm so we are working to the following times. If the venue is free we will open the doors earlier. We advise to arrive no later than 6pm:

  • Registration: 5:30-5:55pm (refreshment available)
  • Doors: 6:00pm
  • Expected Start: 6:10-6:15pm

The 45-60 minute lecture will be followed by a Q&A. 

You can follow LivWiSE on Twitter @LivUniWiSE and on Facebook/LiverpoolWISE or visit our website www.liv.ac.uk/livwise. To join our mailing list email livwise@liv.ac.uk, membership is open to everyone!


Large Groups

If you want to bring a large group such as a school class please contact us for booking arrangements. 


Disabled Access

If you have any access needs or reasonable adjustment requirements please contact livwise@liv.ac.uk at the earliest opportunity. For Access Information of the venue please see the Building Access Guide



There is limited pay on exit visitor car parking at the University. Visitor Car Parks are available on Peach Street (Car Park 13) (closest to venue, after 5:30pm only), off Mount Pleasant (Car Park 14), Cambridge Street (Car Park 8) and Pembroke Place (Car Park 28). See Campus Map

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Central Teaching Hub
Lecture Theatre A or B
University of Liverpool
Liverpool, L69 7BX

Thursday, 13 October 2016 from 17:30 to 19:30 (BST)

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LivWiSE, University of Liverpool

LivWiSE (Liverpool Women in Science and Engineering) is a University of Liverpool society that is raising the profile and interaction between women in Engineering & Science and offering opportunities for women and men to attend events to share information & inspiration.

For information visit http://www.liv.ac.uk/livwise or join us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/LiverpoolWISE for the latest news and events or follow us on www.twitter.com/LivUniWiSE


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