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Scientific Adventures from Inside a Sphere

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Bush House Auditorium

44-46 Aldwych

KCL Strand Campus, Bush House

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This talk follows the life of a scientist who embraced adventure and inspired both comic and science-fiction characters. Auguste Piccard spent much of his career venturing into hostile environments, trusting his life in scientific principles and good engineering.

From floating high above the Earth’s surface to reaching the ocean floor, these scientific journeys were risky and exciting but provided a unique view into both the sky and the sea. Piccard counted Einstein amongst his friends, predicted a new isotope and even had stamps made in his honour.

This lecture flies from early manned science balloons to the inventions and experiments of Piccard. I will also share my own adventure of building a scientific space balloon as part of a team entry into the Global Space Balloon Challenge - including why a cereal box makes an ideal radar reflector!


Dr. Caroline Shenton-Taylor obtained her PhD in the field of Magnetic Compton Scattering in 2007 from the University of Warwick. Working with synchrotron X-rays, she explored a range of magnetic materials with applications including enhanced computer memory and innovative refrigeration. From 2007 to 2017 Caroline transitioned into the industry, leading a diverse portfolio of scientific research projects on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence and UK Home Office. Throughout this time Caroline was the Team and Technical Lead for an interdisciplinary research team, focused on the development of novel methods to detect the presence of illegal radiological and nuclear materials.

In May 2017, Caroline joined the University of Surrey as an Applied Nuclear Physics Lecturer, promoting academic research aligned to Nuclear Security and Nuclear Threat Reduction. Presently her interests include the use of smart materials to enhance radiation detection and the coupling of detectors with innovative deployment modes.

In her spare time, Caroline is passionate about the scientific exchange and is an active science blogger and speaker, chatting all things science at festivals, schools and community groups. Caroline was the winner of the 2014 UK Famelab competition and the following year used the prize money to launch a space balloon in honour of Auguste Piccard!

You can find out more on her personal website at http://cshentontaylor.com!

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