Earlier Programmes, 2001-02 to 2014-15


 


OLD Richmond Scientific Society Programme 2014-15

Date

Subject

Speaker

2014
10 Sep

Climate, ocean and the hydrogen imperative

Mike Koefman
Planet Hydrogen

1 Oct

Graphene-based metrology
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting. Wine & Nibbles after the talk.

Dr J T Janssen
National Physical Laboratory

22 Oct

Fisheries: predicting the consequences of ocean management

Dr Stuart Rogers
CEFAS, DEFRA Lowestoft

12 Nov

Optical radiometry in support of earth observation and climate measurement

Dr Nigel Fox
National Physical laboratory

10 Dec

The long carry: how stretcher bearers of the Great War transformed military medicine
(Christmas meeting with wine and nibbles)

Dr Emily Mayhew
Medical historian, Imperial College

2015
21 Jan

Pollen and forensic science

Dr Michael Keith-Lucas
University of Reading, plant scientist (retired)

18 Feb

Adventures and advances in medical physics as seen from the viewpoint of a small local consultancy company

Dr Alan Calverd
 

18 Mar

Lecture for National Science Week
100 years of aircraft from Kingston upon Thames

David Hassard
The Hawker Association

15 Apr

Pioneering laser anemometry in the wind industry

Dr Michael Harris
Chief Scientist, ZephIR Lida

13 May

Half Life: Bruno Pontecorvo, father of neutrino astronomy, but was he also an atomic spy?

Prof Frank Close
University of Oxford

 

 


     

OLD Richmond Scientific Society Programme 2013-14

Date

Subject

Speaker

2013
11 Sep

Atmospheric measurements from small airborne platforms

Dr Keri Nicoll
University of Reading

2 Oct

The story of noise
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting. Wine & Nibbles after the talk.

Dr Mike Goldsmith
science writer

23 Oct

3D photography from 1841 to the present: an illustrated talk

Colin Metherell
Stereoscopic Society

13 Nov

A growing problem - invasive pests of plants in Britain

Dr Andrew Halstead
Royal Horticultural Society entomologist (retired)

11 Dec

Dinosaur sociality: crests, colours and signalling
(Christmas meeting with wine and nibbles)

Dr David Hone
Queen Mary, University of London

2014
22 Jan

Life histories & evolution in Hawaiian lepidoptera

Dr Klaus Sattler
Natural History Museum

19 Feb

How do you know what the temperature is?

Dr Michael de Podesta
National Physical Laboratory

19 Mar

Lecture for National Science Week
Materials for fusion power

Prof Steve Roberts
University of Oxford

16 Apr

Fracking in the United Kingdom

Prof Peter Simpson
Imperial College London

14 May

Creativity in arts and science

Nik Boulting
designer

 

 


OLD Richmond Scientific Society Programme 2012-13

Date

Subject

Speaker

2012
12 Sep

Autism

Dr. Emily Mayhew
Imperial College

3 Oct

Colour in Diamonds
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting, Wine and Nibbles

Douglas Garrod
Gemmological Association

24 Oct

Marine Life in action

Dr. Paul Naylor
marinephoto.co.uk

14 Nov

Alan Turing and the Cracking of the Enigma

Simon Singh
science writer and broadcaster

12 Dec

Cold Atom Clocks for Time and Space
(Christmas meeting with wine and nibbles)

Prof. Patrick Gill
National Physical Laboratory

2013
23 Jan

The Thames Tideway Tunnel

Jatin Seejore
Deputy Delivery Manager

27 Feb

The Impact of Lasers on the World

Prof. Stephen Sweeney
University of Surrey

20 Mar

Lecture for National Science Week
The Zoological Society of London's Citizen Science Programme:
Monitoring of eel migration in the Thames

Joe Pecorelli
biologist

17 Apr

Exoplanets

Dr. Patrick Josephs-Franks
Royal Astronomical Society

15 May

The Global Crisis in the Nutrition of the Brain

Prof. Michael Crawford
Imperial College

 

 


OLD Richmond Scientific Society Programme 2011-12

Date

Subject

Speaker

2011
14 Sep

Life on Mars

Steven Cutts
Surgeon and writer

5 Oct

Renewable Energy Programme in Richmond
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting, Wine and Nibbles

James Heather
Project Manager

26 Oct

The far future of the Sun and life in the Solar System

Dr Ian A Crawford
Birkbeck College, London

16 Nov

Science and Archaeology

Dr Caroline Cartwright
British Museum

14 Dec

Plants and People in the Amazon
(Christmas meeting with wine and nibbles)

Dr William Milliken
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

2012
25 Jan

Nuclear Power - after Fukushima

Prof Paul Leonard
Brunel University

22 Feb

The Science of Multiple Sport Sprints

Dr Mark Glaister
St Mary's University College, Twickenham.

14 Mar

Keynote Lecture for National Science Week
Titanium and Bone

Dr Dev Patel
Eastman Dental Institute, UCL

18 Apr

The World's First Computer - the Antikythera project

Dr Tony Freeth
Images First Ltd.

16 May

The Incredible Shrinking Laboratory:
Microfluidics and Nanochemistry

Prof Andrew deMello, ETH Zurich
Imperial College

 

 

OLD Richmond Scientific Society Programme 2010-11

Date

Subject

Speaker

2010
15 Sep

Alkaline Sub-Ocean Vents: the Cradle of Life?

Dr Nick Lane
University College London

6 Oct

Sustainable Urban Water Systems
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting, Wine and Nibbles

Dr Sarah Bell
University College London

27 Oct

Optical Fibres in Civil Engineering

Dr Binod Amatya
Halcrow Group

24 Nov

Mammoths

Prof Adrian Lister
Natural History Museum, London

15 Dec

Mountains Under the Sea
(Christmas meeting with wine and nibbles)

Prof Tony Watts
Oxford University

2011
26 Jan

Global Warming: from first principles

Dr Michael de Podesta
National Physical Laboratory

23 Feb

Desert Margins - a modern botanical exploration

Prof Stephen Hopper
Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

16 Mar

Keynote Lecture for National Science Week
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Dr Stephen Hall
National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton

20 Apr

Pharmacy Then and Now: The Chelsea Physic Garden

Christine Hodgson
Garden guide

18 May

Redefining Time: Optical Atomic Clocks

Dr Anne Curtis
National Physical Laboratory

 

 


 

OLD Richmond Scientific Society Programme 2009-10

Date

Subject

Speaker

2009
16 Sep

The History of the Greenwich Time Service

David Rooney
Science Museum, London

7 Oct

NPL Timekeeping Today
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting, Wine and Nibbles

Peter Whibberley
National Physical Laboratory

28 Oct

What Is Colour and How Do We Measure It?

Andrew Hanson
Chairman, The Colour Group of Great Britain

25 Nov

Saturn, Titan and Enceladus: recent results from Cassini

Prof Andrew Coates
Mullard Space Science Laboratory UCL

16 Dec

Saving the Planet with a Computer
(Christmas meeting with wine and nibbles)

Dr Graham Higley
Natural History Museum

2010
27 Jan

A Journey through Space - From Infinity to Richmond in 40 Minutes

Dr Colin Hicks
Retired physicist

24 Feb

Solar Eclipses, Fantastic Events

Jerry Workman
Richmond & Kew Astronomical Society

17 Mar

Keynote Lecture for National Science Week
Plants, Animals and Time

Prof William Chaloner
Royal Holloway, University of London

21 Apr

Darwin: An Inspiration for the 21st Century

Prof Anthony Campbell
Wales College of Medicine, and a director of The Darwin Centre

19 May

The Environmental Effects of Genetically Modified Crops

Prof Rosie Hails MBE
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

 

 

 

 

 


OLD Richmond Scientific Society Programme 2008-09

Date

Subject

Speaker

17 Sep
2008

Rainbows, Halos and Glories

Prof Alan Davies
University of Hertfordshire

1 Oct

Brain and Cognitive Changes in Ageing
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting, Wine and Nibbles

Dr Rebecca Charlton
St.George's Hospital, UCL National Physical Laboratory

22 Oct

The Ecology of Richmond and Bushy Parks

Dr Nigel Reeve
Community Ecologist for the Royal Parks

12 Nov

Desktop Manufacturing with Multiple Materials

Prof Julian Evans
University College London

10 Dec

Gemstones
(Christmas meeting with wine and nibbles)

Douglas J Garrod
The Gemmological Association

21 Jan
2009

Shake, Rattle & Roll: vibration effects at Hampton Court festivals

Dr Ian Gibb
The Historic Royal Palaces

18 Feb

The Tide is High: planning for future floods

Rachael Hill
The Environmental Agency

11 Mar

Keynote Lecture for Science Week
Science and the Public -
the priorities and pitfalls for public engagement

Sir Roland Jackson
Chief Executive of the British Science Association

22 Apr

The Experiences of a Concorde Pilot

Captain David Leney
(retired)

13 May

Nuclear Power, Pollution and Public Assessment

Prof Paul Leonard
visiting at Brunel & Plymouth Universities




 

 

OLD Richmond Scientific Society Programme 2007-08

Date

Subject

Speaker

Wed 19th Sept 2007
8:00 pm

Drug Free Sport

Michael Stow BSc,
Science Co-ordinator, UK Sport

Wed 10th Oct
8:00 pm

Measuring the Brightness of the Sun
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting, Wine and Nibbles

Dr Eric Usadi,
National Physical Laboratory

Wed 24th Oct
8:00 pm

Nuclear Fusion

Professor Chris Warwick
Culham Science Centre

Wed 14th Nov
8:00 pm

Busy Bees at Rothamstead

Norman Carreck
Rothamstead Research Centre

Wed 12th Dec
8:00 pm

Palaeontology of Reindeer
(Christmas meeting with wine and nibbles)

Professor Adrian Lister,
Natural History Museum

Wed 23rd Jan
2008
8:00 pm

U F Os the M O D Project

Nick Pope

Wed 27th Feb
8:00 pm

The Time of the Sundials

Douglas Bateman
The British Sundial Society

Wed 12th March
8:00 pm

Nanotechnology: Why all the fuss?

Dr Richard Jackman
University College London

Wed 23rd April
8:00 pm

Wind Tunnel Testing of Structures

Tom Wyatt
Imperial College London

Wed 28th May
8:00 pm

The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence

Dr John Ponsonby




 

 


OLD Richmond Scientific Society Programme 2006-07

Date

Subject

Speaker

Wed 27th Sept 2006
8:00 pm

The Expanding Universe and Dark Energy

Mike Goldsmith,
National Physical Laboratory

Wed 11th Oct
8:00 pm

AGM with wine and cheese, and bring-and-buy book sale,
and Picture Restoration

a short presentation by Robert Mitchel

Wed 25th Oct
8:00 pm

Stem Cells: Hope or Horror

Professor Chris Higgins
Hammersmith Hospital

Wed 15th Nov
8:00 pm

Computer Consciousness

Professor Igor Aleksander
Imperial College London

Wed 13th Dec
8:00 pm

Mistletoe
(Christmas meeting with wine and nibbles)

Tyrell Marris,
Linnean Society, GLA Species Action Plan

Wed 24th Jan
2007
8:00 pm

Mirror Images, Anti-Matter and Time Reversal

Professor I P Kalmus
Queen Mary's College

Wed 28th Feb
8:00 pm

Population and Control: The Human Situation

Dr Bernard Soole

Wed 14th March
8:00 pm

Zeolites: crystal architecture based on nets and tiles

Robert Bell,
The Royal Institution

Wed 25th April
8:00 pm

Fluorescence: Lifetime Imaging for Biomedicine

Professor Paul French
Imperial College London

Wed 16th May
8:00 pm

Medicinal Use of Herbs

Monique Simmonds
Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew




 

 


 

 OLD Richmond Scientific Society Programme 2005-06

Date

Subject

Speaker

Wed 28th Sept 2005
8:00 pm

The Biological Basis of Belief

Prof. Lewis Wolpert FRS
University College London

Wed 19th Oct 2005
8:00 pm

AGM with wine and cheese, and bring-and-buy book sale,
and Brunel and the Thames Tunnel

a short presentation by Laura Weaver
Education Officer, Brunel Engine House

Wed 26th Oct 2005
8:00 pm

Mobile Phones - is it safe to phone home?

Dr Michael de Podesta
National Physical Laboratory

Wed 23rd Nov 2005
8:00 pm

Underground Coal Gasification

Kenneth J Fergusson
recently Chief Executive of the Coal Authority, now retired

Wed 14th Dec 2005
8:00 pm

Aspects of Conservation in Book Binding
(with Christmas wine and nibbles)

Marysa de Veer
The Otter Bindery, Addlestone

Wed 25th Jan 2006
8:00 pm

The Forensic Examination of Documents

Oliver Thorne
Laboratory of the Government Chemist

Wed 22nd Feb 2006
8:00 pm

G M Crops - Friends or Foes?

Prof Peter Bramley
Royal Holloway College, University of London

Wed 22nd March 2006
8:00 pm

Moral Messages of Science

Prof Helen Haste
University of Bath, the BA

Wed 26th April 2006
8:00 pm

Geological Aspects of the Boxing Day Tsunami 2004

Dr John Gahan
Farnham Geological Society

Wed 17th May 2006
8:00 pm

Images from Mars Express

Jerry Workman
Chairman Loughton Astronomical Society




 

 


 

OLD Richmond Scientific Society Programme 2004-05

Date

Subject

Speaker

Wed 22nd Sept 2004
8:00 pm

The Asthma Epidemic: victims of our own success

Dr Mark Larche
National Heart and Lung Institute

Wed 6th Oct 2004
8:00 pm

AGM with wine and cheese, and bring-and-buy book sale, and a short presentation by the President

(All are invited)

Wed 27th Oct 2004
8:00 pm

The Perils of Scientific Journalism, a talk and discussion

chaired by Dr Alun Lewis
Royal Holloway, University of London

Wed 24th Nov 2004
8:00 pm

Nanotechnology - What kind of genie is coming out of the lamp?

Dr Robert Potter
Johnson Matthey Technology Centre

Wed 15th Dec 2004
8:00 pm

The Unconscious Shopper (with Christmas wine and nibbles)

Dr Nigel Marlow
Dept of Consumer and Business Psychology, London Metropolitan University

Wed 26th Jan 2005
8:00 pm

Life on Other Worlds?

Dr Alan Longstaff
Freelance Science Writer

Wed 23rd Feb 2005
8:00 pm

Bioactive Glass - toxic or turn-on?

Dr Ian Thompson
Dept of Materials, Imperial College

Wed 16th March 2005
8:00 pm

From Anthills to Labyrinths - Engineering sustainable architecture

Patrick Bellew
Consultant Environmental Engineer

Wed 27th April 2005
8:00 pm

Nutrition and Health in the 21st Century

Prof Christine Williams
School of Food Biosciences, University of Reading

Wed 18th May 2005
8:00 pm

A Guide to the End of the World: everything you never wanted to know

Prof Bill McGuire
Dept of Earth Sciences, University College




 

 


 

OLD Richmond Scientific Society Programme 2003-04

Date

Subject

Speaker

Wed 24th Sept 2003
8:00 pm
Richmond

Cancer Genes: What do they do?

Prof. Chris Marshall FRS
The Institute of Cancer

Wed 8th Oct 2003
8:00 pm
Richmond

AGM with wine and cheese, and bring-and-buy book sale

(All are invited)

Wed 22nd Oct 2003
8:00 pm
Richmond

Propping up Pisa

Prof. John Burland FRS
Imperial College

Wed 26th Nov 2003
8:00 pm
Richmond

Reminiscences of the Docklands Light Railway

Kenneth J Fergusson
Ex Managing Director of DLR

Wed 17th Dec 2003
8:00 pm
Richmond

Glow Worms (with Christmas wine and nibbles)

Robin Scagell

Wed 28th Jan 2004
8:00 pm
Richmond

The Scientific Detection of Fakes and Forgeries

Dr Paul Craddock
British Museum

Wed 25th Feb 2004
8:00 pm
Richmond

Deep Ocean Ridges

Prof Mary Fowler
Royal Holloway, University of London

Wed 24th March 2004
8:00 pm
Richmond

Steering Ahead with Hydrogen

Prof. Z Xiao Guo
Queen Mary, University of London

Wed 28th April 2004
8:00 pm
Richmond

Radiation - the Good, the Bad, and the Gray

Dr Martin Sene
National Physical Laboratory

Wed 19th May 2004
8:00 pm
Richmond

Alfred Russel Wallace in the Amazon - the making of a naturalist

Dr Sandra Knapp
Natural History Museum




 

 

 


 

OLD Richmond Scientific Society Programme 2002-03

Date &Venue

Subject

Speaker

Wed 25th Sept 2002
8:00 pm
Richmond

The Bloody Truth

Claire Conlon Austin
Forensic Science Service

Wed 23rd Oct 2002
8:00 pm
Richmond

Military Geology in Peace and War

Dr Edward Rose
Royal Holloway University of London

Wed 27th Nov 2002
8:00 pm
Richmond

The Science of Climate Change

Dr Chris Gordon
The Met Office

Wed 18th Dec 2002
8:00 pm
Richmond

A photographers look at Richmond Park Christmas Wine and Nibbles

Ron Teague & Joyce Bing

Wed 22nd Jan 2003
8:00 pm
Richmond

Space Debris

Dr Derek McNally
Retired Dir.of Uni.Lond.Observatory

Wed 26th Feb 2003
8:00 pm
Richmond

Scientific Aspects of a Bronze Age Project

Dr Nick Branch
Royal Holloway Uni.Lond

Wed 26th March 2003
8:00 pm
Richmond

Beagle II from Hertfordshire to Mars

Barrie Kirk
Astrium (Space) Ltd

Wed 23rd April 2003
8:00 pm
Richmond

Your life in your hands

Prof Jane Plant CBE
British Geological Survey

Wed 28th May 2003
8:00 pm
Richmond

Science and Engineering - What is the Difference?

Sir Peter Williams
President, the British Association Chairman of Engineering & Technology Board




 

 


 

OLD Richmond Scientific Society Programme 2001-02

Date & Venue

Subject

Speaker




Wed 26th Sept 2001
8:00 pm
RICHMOND

M-theory - the theory of everything?

Dr Jerome Gauntlett
Queen Mary Uni

Wed 24th Oct 2001
8:00 pm
RICHMOND

Why things go wrong in structural engineering?

Dr Tom Wyatt
Imperial College

Wed 28th Nov 2001
8:00 pm
RICHMOND

Palaeontology takes a sideways look at oilwells

Dr Haydon Bailey
Stratigraphic Consultant

Wed 12nd Dec 2001
8:00 pm
RICHMOND

The strange origin of the English apple

Dr Barrie Juniper
Plant Sci. Oxford

Wed 23rd Jan 2002
8:00 pm
RICHMOND

The conservation of public records

Mario Leppo
Public Record Office

Wed 27th Feb 2002
8:00 pm
RICHMOND

Diet and cancer -  is there a link?

Dr Elaine Stone
World Cancer Res.Fund

Wed 27th Mar 2002
8:00 pm
RICHMOND

Lighting in London

Dr Brian Bowers
Science Museum

Wed 24th Apr 2002
8:00 pm
RICHMOND

Unusual applications of radar

Prof.Phil Williams
Racal Decca

Wed 25th April 2001
8:00 pm
RICHMOND

Satellite Remote Sensing
and its Applications

Andrew Williams
(Kingston College)

Wed 29th May 2002
8:00 pm
RICHMOND

The History of the Kings Observatory

Dr Tom Blaney
NPL

 






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