Reconstructing Ancient Conflagration: The Interface Between Archaeology and Forensic Fire Investigation
Dr Karl Harrison
7th October 2015
Burnt buildings are ubiquitous in the archaeological record and have been for as long as humans have built structures; they also permeate ancient history and literature, from Troy to Rome. Only recently have archaeologists attempted to understand the nature of these fires by using forensic investigation techniques to attempt to unpick the accidental from the deliberate from the malicious. This presentation will present the research as it stands currently.
Studying the Earth's Surface
Professor David Llewellyn-Jones
University of Leicester
21st October 2015
The application of quantitative observations from space to climate research, particularly in the context of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Earth Observation Programme, will be described. Examples shown and discussed include a recent project (the ATSR Sensors) to measure, with the particularly high accuracy required, the Surface Temperature of the global oceans.
Eyes right everyone; the importance of eye care for children with disabilities
Dr Maggie Woodhouse
4th November 2015
Children with disabilities are more likely to have eye and vision problems than are typical children. Yet these children find it harder to access examinations, and eye care providers are not always confident in managing children who do not fit the norm. This talk will explain why eye care is so important to children with disabilities, and how eye examinations can be made easy for children of all abilities.
Towards a blended approach to the teaching of science
Professor Justin Dillon
18th November 2015
Today's 'Wicked problems' such as climate change and biodiversity loss require new approaches to science education. Can we bring together effective ways of teaching in and out of school to create a new blended approach to science education?
Plants invade the land: the Welsh connection
Professor Dianne Edwards
2nd December 2015
The lecture will show how plants from Wales and the Welsh Borderland not only greened the planet but also provided habitats and food for animals and gradually changed the composition of the atmosphere.
Sustainable food production: lessons from agroecology for a new generation of pest resistant crops by GM
Professor John Pickett
9th December 2015
As we answer demands on agriculture to produce more food sustainability, we need further to exploit GM. Evidence for new GM approaches to pest management are provided by agroecological systems developed in sub-Saharan Africa based on exploiting plant secondary metabolites by companion cropping.
Polymers as Frontier Functional Materials
Dr Chris Finlayson
13th January 2016
Plastics are completely artificial materials, which were first synthesized as recently as the first half of the 20th century. In this context, it is arguable that the creation and development of plastics is one of the greatest engineering achievements in human history. The remarkable diversity and functionality of modern plastics (or polymers) is epitomized by two of my main areas of research; organic semiconductors and &qout;polymer opals&qout;.
3D Printed Maxillofacial Implants - Achieving Nonchalance!
Dr Sean Peel
Cardiff Metropolitan University
27th January 2016
Amidst an ongoing whirlwind of hype and sensationalist reporting about new applications of 3D printing in healthcare, this talk reviews technical and clinical factors from real cases, and identifies barriers to achieving routine adoption in the NHS. Polymer 3D printers have been used for at least 20 years in the custom implant fabrication process - with metal printers producing end-use parts for a decade. However, this digital approach is still far from routine; because of inefficient design processes, ill-defined design requirements, and a significant lack of shared interdisciplinary understanding - from both engineering and clinical perspectives. Promising routes to solving these problems are outlined.
Scientific Challenges in Translational Medicine: from Biology to Therapy
Professor Sir Keith Peters
10th February 2016
In this talk I will reflect on the scientific difficulties faced by industrial researchers. These include the inadequacies of animal disease models, the complexity of disease mechanisms even when the underlying cause is a single gene mutation, the neglect of clinical science by medical researchers in academia, and the weakness of clinical pharmacology in universities and teaching hospitals. Finally I will consider industry academia relationships. I believe these are key to future success and I will describe the approaches being adopted by the Francis Crick Institute which is to be opened early in 2016.
Global Resilience to Rising Sea Levels
Dr Carrie Lear and Dr Rhoda Ballinger
24th February 2016
Is sea level rise the most destructive environmental force in our future? Research and the media focus on temperature trends, and attribution has diverted attention from this elephant in the climate change room. The inevitability of major sea level rise will have profound impacts on coastal societies, mega-cities and global onshore and offshore resources.
Gravitational Waves: Nature's Biggest Explosions
Dr Patrick Sutton
9th March 2016
My research focuses on the science of gravitational waves, ripples in space that are caused by some of the most violent events in the Universe such as exploding stars and colliding black holes. Gravitational waves were predicted by Einstein in a 1916 paper, but have only just been detected for the first time. I'll talk about this recent breakthrough and it's implications for our understanding of the Universe.
A Unique Brain Imaging Centre in Wales
Professor Derek Jones
23th March 2016
How is our brain wired up? Does the brain change in response to training? What governs individual differences in behaviour?
These are just some of the questions we've been asking in the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) over the last decade. In Spring 2016, the new £44m CUBRIC centre will open on Maindy Road and will house a combination of brain imaging equipment not found anywhere else in Europe. This talk will introduce the new centre, and what new questions the equipment will place us uniquely to answer.