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Liquid: The delightful and dangerous substances that flow through our lives

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This public event is a part of Grantham Centre Sustainability Lecture Series and is co-hosted by Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures and MSc Science Communication Programme. *Please arrive 15 minutes before the event starts to allow enough time for registration.*

We are excited to invite you to a guest lecture by Mark Miodownik MBE entitled 'Liquid: The delightful and dangerous substances that flow through our lives'.

Liquids are the alter-ego of dependable solid stuff. While solid materials are humanity’s faithful friend, taking on the permanent shapes of clothes, shoes, phones, cars, and indeed airports, liquids are fluid; they will take on any shape, but only while contained. When not contained, they are always on the move, seeping, corroding, dripping, and escaping our control. When we put a solid material somewhere it stays there, often doing something very useful, like holding up a building or supplying electricity for a whole community. Liquids on the other hand are anarchic; they have a knack for destroying things. This talk is a journey into the realms of the strange, disruptive, sometimes corrosive, sometimes delightful, sometimes toxic, but always interesting, liquids.

Mark is a materials engineer and Professor of Materials and Society at UCL where he teaches and runs a research group. Mark received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials scientist in the USA, Ireland and the UK. For more than ten years he has championed materials research that links the arts and humanities to medicine, engineering and materials science. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making where he is Director and runs the research programme. His current research interests are animate materials, innovative manufacturing, and sensoaesthetic materials.

Mark is a broadcaster and writer on science and engineering issues, and believes passionately that to engineer is human. He has written for The Observer, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. He regularly gives popular talks on engineering and materials science to tv, radio, festival, and school audiences. He gave the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and is a regular presenter of science and engineering BBC TV programmes. He wrote the New York Times best selling book Stuff Matters.


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