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Talking Science at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)
Talking Science at RAL is a series of fascinating and FREE monthly scientific lectures by invited speakers that takes place at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory every month between September and June. Booking is currently open for our Winter talks. More information about these talks can be found on our website: www.stfc.ac.uk/rltalkingscience.
Mysteries of the Solar System
Dr Chris North, Cardiff University
Friday 7 October 2016, 1:30pm/7pm, audience 7+
We have a large number of spacecraft exploring the Solar System, constantly answering questions about the planets and their formation. From the ongoing search for life on Mars, to the nitrogen glaciers of Pluto, there is barely a month goes without us revealing some new insight into the Solar System. But for every question that is answered, more are raised. In this talk, I'll give a whistle-stop tour of our understanding of the Solar System, how our knowledge is expanding, and what questions we still have to answer.
The evening talk "Mysteries of the Solar System" is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Jack the Ripper to Malaria: Geographic Profiling in Biology
Dr Steven Le Comber, Queen Mary University of London
Friday 18 November 2016, 1:30pm/7pm, audience: all ages
Mathematical biologist Steve Le Comber will demonstrate how geographic profiling – a statistical technique originally developed in criminology to prioritise large lists of suspects in cases of serial murder – can be used to find the sources of infectious disease. Geographic profiling is routinely used by investigative agencies including the FBI and Metropolitan Police, and uses the locations of the crimes to make inferences about the criminal's 'anchor point' – usually a home or a workplace. More recently, the Le Comber Group at Queen Mary has shown how it can also be applied to biology, including animal foraging and epidemiology.
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STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)
Operated by STFC and located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory provides a thriving and collaborative environment for research in:
- particle physics
- space science
- photon science
- computational and e-science
Approximately 1,200 staff at RAL support the work of more than 10,000 scientists and engineers, chiefly from the university research community. RAL’s pioneering research in areas such as energy, security, healthcare and the environment addresses important challenges facing society.