London Group Spring 2017 Lectures

The London Group’s lecture series, in partnership with UCL’s Chemical & Physical Society, returns for a new term on Tuesday 10 January 2017, with Deeper than the Titanic, Hotter Than Molten Lead: exploring hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.

In this lecture, Dr John Copley, University of Southampton, will explore the diversity of hydrothermal vents (first located more than 40 years in the past) on the sea-ground, ‘traveling’ vent fields observed through current UK expeditions.

Copley’s lecture can be accompanied on 17 January with a communicate on Elastomeric Products – Applications & Markets. Dr Alexander Celik, Managing Director of the Rosehill Polymers Group, professionals in the improvement and manufacture of coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers, and moulded rubber products, will provide a top level view into the important thing markets of, and applications for, their materials. He can even introduce us to the latest disruptive innovations into the elastomerics area.

On 24 January, Dr Stephen Brown’s Human Beings and Life on Earth will cope with climate alternate and how a growing human populace maintains to develop, conversely the population of many animal species is falling rapidly. He will emphasise that we cannot move on ignoring these troubles however want to accelerate our moves to address them. At the give up of January (31 January), we are able to take a excursion of UCL’s Grant Museum of Zoology. The Grant Museum is the only remaining college zoological museum in London and houses around sixty eight,000 specimens, overlaying the complete animal nation. From the handiest 4 legged quagga in lifestyles, to greater lifeless marsupials than you can shake a stick at, there is sufficient formaldehyde to make David Hurst green with envy! A half hour talk may be followed by using a wine reception, giving you a danger to wander round and look at the specimens.

In February (07 February) we can have the primary of our drug-related talks. Prof Alan Dronsfield, University of Derby, will cover the Chemical, Medical and Social History of Cocaine and what led it to becoming categorised as a Class 1 Dangerous Drug. He will finish with a brief consideration of the harm cocaine does to society, contrasting this ‘damage’ with the harm executed by means of the intake of different chemical sellers consisting of alcohol, tobacco, LSD and different tablets. After per week’s break, we are able to hold a wine tasting night on 21 February. Dr Stephen Potts, UCL, will percentage his passion for wine and host a tasting consultation within the call of technological know-how. At the end of the month, on 28 February, Mike Jay, guest curator at the Wellcome Collection, will present his lecture on Mind-Altering Drugs in History and Culture. Exploring the spectrum of thoughts-changing materials across the globe and at some point of history, he will hint the story from the traditional use of plant intoxicants to worldwide alternate and the development of pharmacy. Finally, he’s going to have a look at how the cultural which means of ‘capsules’ has been altered in the procedure.

On 07 March, preceding the evening lecture at UCL, the London Group might be web hosting a lunch and guided tour of the Wellcome Collection. This can be a completely unique danger to discover the Library’s collections with an expert guide. After the excursion you will have the opportunity to visit the everlasting Medicine Man Exhibition, and new journeying exhibition ‘Electricity: The spark of existence’. Later that evening, Dr Simon Werrett will deliver his talk on Household Oeconomy and Chemical Inquiry, 1760-1840, at UCL. He will suggest that a whole lot chemical inquiry befell in adapted areas in this era, inclusive of the house, and turned into shaped by means of domestic notions of oeconomy, the right social and material control of the household. Oeconomy proposed that house owners must care for material tradition within the home, balancing the usage of vintage items with the acquisition of latest, and stewarding possessions through care, maintenance and maintenance. A image of chemical experimentation in this period then emerges, in which the re-use of old things turned into as enormous part of chemistry because the invention or consumption of new. The history of oeconomic chemistry offers ability insights into the destiny sustainability of experimentation.

Modern History of Medicine, will be supplied by Dr Viviane Quirke, Oxford Brookes University, on 14 March. Dr Quirke is a senior lecturer in current records and the history of medicine. Her specialist teaching focuses on the records of scientific understanding, practice, and associated technology, whilst her broader coaching considers the wider socio-financial and political context within which they advanced, mainly the growth of the medical market and the evolution of modern war.

The last UCL lecture of the Spring term will take area on 21 March. Chemical and Physical Society President, Dr Caroline Knapp, will provide a talk on Illegal Street Drugs. She will present ‘A Chemistry Undergraduate’s Guide to all Things Intoxicating’ and take a look at the chemistry behind alcohol and illegal street tablets and what risks they will keep. She will discuss the moral and criminal implications and what the future may want to deliver.

All events held at UCL are unfastened, and there may be no need to ebook (besides wherein special). Please comply with the London Group Events link underneath, and click on on the man or woman events for extra records. Watch this space for in addition London Group occasion announcements, together with the once a year London Group Summer social event and a lecture by means of the 1997 Nobel prize winner in Chemistry, Prof John Walker, so that it will be held at the New York University in London, later this yr.

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