The Kelvin Club
Cambridge University Crest

Past Talks

27-02-2018
Does a neuron know that it's asleep?
Dr David Tourigny
Molecular Biology and Applied Mathematics
University of Cambridge


Nightingale Room, Peterhouse
13-02-2018
Snailing in High Society, or what I did in my holidays
Dr Justin Gerlach
Department of Zoology
University of Cambridge


Peterhouse Lubbock Room
23-01-2018
From atoms to planets: Understanding planetary magnetic records using nanoscale microscopy
Dr Joshua Einsle
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Cambridge


Peterhouse Lubbock Room
07-11-2017
Using software to understand hardware: from iron to graphene in atomistic detail
Professor Gábor Csányi
Engineering Department
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room 8:30pm
24-10-2017
The dawn of the gravitational wave era
Dr Ulrich Sperhake
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
University of Cambridge


Peterhouse Lubbock Room - 8:30pm
10-10-2017
Bragg, Perutz and Kendrew and the origins of Molecular Biology
Sir John Meurig Thomas

University of Cambridge


Peterhouse Theatre - 8:30pm
14-03-2017
'From one to many: how animals develop from a single cell'
Dr Tim Weil
Department of Zoology
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
14-02-2017
'The acoustics of everyday objects'
Dr Anurag Agarwal
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
24-01-2017
'When galaxies collide'
Dr Carolin Crawford
Institute of Astronomy
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
08-11-2016
Do we actually know what a computer can do? - On the foundations of computational mathematics
Dr Anders Hansen
Department of Mathematics
Cambridge University


Lubbock Room
25-10-2016
Making and keeping a shell: the challenges of changing oceans
Dr Elizabeth Harper
Department of Earth Sciences
Cambridge University


Lubbock Room
18-10-2016
Fuelling the future
Prof Robert Evans
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of British Columbia


Lubbock Room
11-10-2016
Gods, Devils & Alcohol - their influence in chemical nomenclature
Dr Peter Wothers
Department of Chemistry
Cambridge University


Lubbock Room
23-02-2016
The Medical Imaging take over
Professor Adrian Dixon
School of Clinical Medicine
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
09-02-2016
The Scientist and the Forger
Professor Jehane Ragai
Department of Chemistry
The American University in Cairo


Lubbock Room
26-01-2016
When does a structure become a musical instrument? Exploring tuned percussion
Professor Jim Woodhouse
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
10-11-2015
Star Formation in the Distant Universe
Dr Susannah Alaghband-Zadeh
Institute of Astronomy
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
27-10-2015
Transonic Flow Around Aircraft
Miss Charlotte Coles
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
13-10-2015
Order in Disorder
Professor Imre Leader
Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
24-02-2015
How the first land plants transformed the Earth's landscapes
Dr Neil Davies
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
10-02-2015
What keeps the magnetic fields of the planets alive?
Professor Peter Davidson
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
27-01-2015
Why are maternal mortality rates in Africa so high?
Professor Ashley Moffett
Department of Pathology
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
11-11-2014
Protein quality control in health and disease
Dr Ramanujan Hegde
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
28-10-2014
Did we see gravity waves from the big bang?
Professor David Tong
Department for Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
14-10-2014
Base-isolation: the appliance of science in the quest for low-vibration buildings
Dr James Talbot
Cambridge University Engineering Department
Peterhouse, University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
25-02-2014
A History of the Management of Acute Disturbance
Dr. Faisil Sethi
Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit
Maudsley Hospital


Lubbock Room
11-02-2014
LEGO Mindstorms in the Lab: Making Biomimetic Mineral-Protein Composites
Dr. Michelle Oyen
Oyen Lab, Cambridge University Engineering Department
Unicersity of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
28-01-2014
The Art of Equilibrium: From Gothic Cathedrals to Gaudi
Professor Santiago Huerta
Department of Structures
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid


Lubbock Room
12-11-2013
3D printing at home - successes, failures and a demonstration
Dr Robin Hiley
Defence Science Technology Laboratory
Ministry of Defence


Lubbock Room
29-10-2013
Stem Cells, Clones and Prospects For Cell Replacement
Sir John Gurdon
The Gurdon Institute
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
15-10-2013
Phase Transitions in Random Graphs
Dr. Lutz Warnke
Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
26-02-2013
On the wing in butterflies and understanding evolution
Professor Paul Brakefield
Department of Zoology
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
12-02-2013
High-speed Propellers: The Future of Air Travel?
Dr Tobias Brandvik
Whittle Laboratory
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
29-01-2013
Tomorrow's Catalysts: Actual and Desired
Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
13-11-2012
Microdroplet microreactors
Professor Chris Abell
Department of Chemistry
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
30-10-2012
Using natural variation in photosynthesis to feed the future
Dr Julian Hibberd
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
16-10-2012
Targeting mitochondria
Dr Mike Murphy
Medical Research Council Mitochondrial Biology Unit
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
28-02-2012
Antibiotics and the Ribosome: from Basic Science to Drug Design
Dr Rebecca Voorhees
Molecular Biology (Cambridge)
Peterhouse Research Fellow


Lubbock Room
14-02-2012
Watching Molecules in Living Cells
Prof. Clemens Kaminski
Department of Chemical Engineering an Biotechnology
Robinson College


Lubbock Room
31-01-2012
Why Critical Thinking Matters
Dr Joeseph Pesce
CEO Omnis Inc.
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
22-11-2011
'Stem cells and brain repair - a realistic proposition?'
Professor Robin Franklin
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Cambridge Neuroscience


Lubbock Room
08-11-2011
'The Large Hadron Collider: Searching for New Phenomena at the High Energy Frontier'
Dr. James Frost
Cavendish Laboratory
HEP Group, University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
18-10-2011
'Green (and brown and red) energy - prospects for algal biofuels'
Professor Alison Smith
Department of Plant Sciences
Plant Metabolism Group, University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
01-03-2011
How to Make One Side of a Cell Different from the Other & Why This Matters
Daniel St Johnston
Professor of Developmental Genetics, Dept. of Genetics
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
15-02-2011
Understanding & Exploiting Plant Immunity to Disease
Jonathan Jones
Professor, Sainsbury Laboratory
University of East Anglia, & a Petrean


Lubbock Room
01-02-2011
Recharging the Planet: New Approaches for Optimizing the Performance of Batteries and Fuel Cells for Energy Storage and Conversion
Clare Grey
Dept. of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Director of the Northeastern Energy Storage Center of Stony Brook University


Lubbock Room
16-11-2010
A Brief History of Anatomical Illustration
Mr Phillip Ball
Medical Artists' Association of GB & Photography and Illustration Service
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
02-11-2010
Quantum Gravity - in Search for a Fundamental Theory of Nature
Dr Benjamin Bahr
Dept. of Applied and Theoretical Physics
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
19-10-2010
The Science and Beauty of Nebulae
Dr. Carolin Crawford
Institute of Astronomy
Emmanuel College


Lubbock Room
02-03-2010
On being dead and very dead: Some issues for organ transplantation
Rev Dr Michael Banner

Trinity College


Lubbock Room
16-02-2010
Catastrophe risk, catastrophic loss modelling and catastrophe bonds
Dr Robert Muir-Wood

Risk Management Solutions Ltd.


Lubbock Room
02-02-2010
Is brain cancer a stem cell disease?
Dr Colin Watts
Department of Clinical Neurosciences
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
24-11-2009
Surface science in space
Dr. Wendy Brown
Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
University College London


Lubbock Room
03-11-2009
Chocolate, drugs and vindaloo: what MRI will do
Dr. Mick Mantle
Magnetic Resonance Research Centre
Wolfson College


Upper Hall
20-10-2009
Darwin and the evolution of vertebrate chromosomes
Prof. Malcolm Ferguson-Smith
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
03-03-2009
Thee quarks for Muster Mark: deep inside the proton
Prof. James Stirling
Department of Physics
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
17-02-2009
Does foetal testosterone affect brain development?
Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen
Autism Research Centre
Trinity College, Cambridge


Lubbock Room
03-02-2009
Statistics and the law
Prof. Philip Dawid
Staticstical Laboratory
Darwin College


Lubbock Room
18-11-2008
The invasive ladybird Harmonia axyridis: A risk assessment for British species
Dr. Remy Ware
Department of Genetics
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
04-11-2008
Principles in biology. Towards a physics of living matter
Prof. Alfonso Martinez Arias
Department of Genetics


Lubbock Room
21-10-2008
CERN's Large Hadron Collider, and its experiments
Dr. Chris Lester
Department of Physics
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
04-03-2008
Flexible Chocolate
Prof. Malcolm Mackley
Department Of Chemical Engineering
Robinson College


Lubbock Room
19-02-2008
The genius of Michael Faraday
Prof Sir John Meurig Thomas FRS
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
05-02-2008
Amnesia and the human brain
Dr Borgan Barense
MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
20-11-2007
Are London's Bridges Falling Down?
Dr. Cam Middleton
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
06-11-2007
Zinc Finger Proteins for the Regulation of Gene Expression
Professor Sir Aaron Klug
Laboratory of Molecular Biology


Lubbock Room
23-10-2007
Backache, Anatomy and the Lumber Spine
Professor Adrian Dixon
Department of Radiology
Addenbroke's Hospital


Lubbock Room
06-03-2007
DNA: An engineering perspective
Prof. Chris Calladine
Department of Engineering
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
20-02-2007
The use of non-human animals in scientific research - some issues
Prof. Michael Banner
Faculty of Divinity
Trinity College, Cambridge


Lubbock Room
06-02-2007
Molecular Lego: Challenges of engineering on the nanometer scale
Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics
Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
21-11-2006
Spots before the eyes: Tracking brain development
Dr Sam England
Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience
University of Cambridge


Lubbock Room
07-11-2006
The lungs: Radiologic detection of disease
Professor Christian Herold

University Hospital of Vienna


Lubbock Room
24-10-2006
Through a glass darkly: Modern studies of the glassy state from golf, to frozen frogs, to memory
Professor A. Lindsay Greer
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy


Lubbock Room
07-03-2006
What Henslow taught Darwin: a lifelong influence
Professor John Parker

Director, Cambridge University Botanical Gardens


Lubbock Room
21-02-2006
'Life's Rocky Road - How Microbes Live in, under and on Rocks'
Professor Charles Cockell
Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute
Open University


Lubbock Room
07-02-2006
Clueless Voting
Prof. Imre Leader
Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics
Trinity College, Cambridge


Lubbock Room
15-11-2005
From atomic destruction to diagnosis
Dr Neil Hartman
Department of Radiology
Addenbrooke's Hospital


Lubbock Room
30-10-2005
Nanotechnology goes quantum
Professor Andrew Briggs
Department of Materials
University of Oxford


Lubbock Room
15-10-2005
Some ways in which demography helps us to understand both the past and the present
Professor Tony Wrigley
Department of Geography


Lubbock Room
01-03-2005
Nanotechnology goes quantum
Professor Andrew Briggs
Department of Materials Science
University of Oxford


Lubbock Room
15-02-2005
Imaging Perceptions and the Mind - travels through the human brain
Professor Richard Frackowiak
Functional Imaging Laboratory
University College London


Lubbock Room
01-02-2005
Monopoly money, bad chemistry set, broken trainset but one Petrean marches 10,000 men up the West Coast Main Line, and wins
Dr. James Martin
Director West Coast
Network Rail


Lubbock Room
16-11-2004
Fifty Years of Structural Biology
Dr. Richard Henderson, FRS

Director of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology


Lubbock Room
02-11-2004
Journey from the centre of the earth
Professor Herbert Huppert
Institute of Theoretical Geophysics
King's College, Cambridge


Lubbock Room
19-10-2004
Shaken but not stirred - trying to understand deliberate harm to infants
Dr. Rob Ross Russell
Department of Medicine
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
24-02-2004
Motion in the core of the earth
Dr. Peter Davidson
Department of Engineering


Lubbock Room
10-02-2004
From egg to embryo: how to build a nervous system
Dr Clare Baker
Department of Anatomy
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
27-01-2004
Gallium nitride - the new material that will change our lives
Professor Colin Humphreys
Department of Materials Science and metallurgy


Lubbock Room
25-11-2003
How do we inherit the correct number of chromosomes?
Professor Kin Nasmyth FRS

Director, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna


Lubbock Room
11-11-2003
Gyroscopes and other spinning things
Dr Hugh Hunt
Engineering Department
Trinity College, Cambridge


Lubbock Room
21-10-2003
The obesity epidemic: some food for thought
Dr Suzanne Dickson
Department of Physiology
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
25-02-2003
Epidemics, Voters and Predators: The Mathematics of Interacting Particle Systems
Dr. Alan Stacey
DPMMS
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
11-02-2003
Kelvin Maxwell, Einstein and the Ether: Who had what Right?
Prof. Francis Everitt

Stanford University U.S.A.


Lubbock Room
28-01-2003
The Cambrian Explosion: Damp Squib or Megatonnage
Prof. Simon Conway Morris
Department of Earth Sciences


Lubbock Room
19-11-2002
A New Method of Reducing Metal Oxides: Its Discovery and Exploitation
Prof. Derek Fray
Dept. of Material Sciences and Metallurgy


Lubbock Room
05-11-2002
Medicine and Volcanoes: Rendezvous with Guy Fawkes
Dr. Peter Baxter
Occupational Health Department
Addenbrooke's Hospital


Lubbock Room
22-10-2002
Living with Earthquakes: Know Your Faults
Dr. James Jackson, FRS
Deptartment of Earth Sciences


Lubbock Room
26-02-2002
Curvature in Physics and Chemistry
Prof. J. Klinowski
Dept. of Chemistry
Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
12-02-2002
New Innovations in the treatment of breast cancer
Prof Charles Coombes, FRCP F.Med.Sci.
Dept. of Medical Oncology
Charing Cross Hospital, London


Lubbock Room
29-01-2002
Propping up Pisa
Prof. John Burland, FREng

Imperial College, London


Lubbock Room
13-11-2001
Magnetic resonance imaging in clinical practice
Prof. David L. Lomas

Addenbrooke's Hospital


Lubbock Room
30-10-2001
Cries and the whispers: How the ear hears us
Dr Thomas Duke
Cavendish Laboratory


Lubbock Room
16-10-2001
Genesis of the jet engine
Mr Ian Whittle

Son of Sir Frank Whittle, O.M.


Lubbock Room
27-02-2001
The BSE Inquiry
Professor M.A. Ferguson-Smith

Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
13-02-2001
Two Great Scientists: The Braggs, Father and son
Dr. M.F. Perutz

Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
30-01-2001
The Future is Bright for Plastics: Light-Emitting Polymers for Display Applications
Dr. A. Kohler

Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
14-11-2000
Anatomy is Good for You
Prof. A.K. Dixon

Peterhouse


Lubbock Room
31-10-2000
John Harrison and His Longitude Timekeepers
Mr. B. Hutchinson
Former Curator of Horology
Royal Observatory Greenwich


Lubbock Room
17-10-2000
Science for People Who Don't Want to Know About Science
Mr. T. Radford
Science Editor
The Guardian


Lubbock Room