Talking Science at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Talking Science at RAL brochure, 2015-2016
(Credit: STFC)

This series of fascinating and FREE monthly scientific lectures by invited speakers takes place at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory every month.

Book your place

Bookings are now open for our Autumn 2016 talks. Booking is essential and can be done online or by calling 01235 445959.

If you have any queries please about Talking Science, or would like to be added to our mailing list, please email us.

The next Talking Science at RAL

We are delighted to be holding our first Talking Science of the 2016-7 season in partnership with Diamond Light Source.

Nuclear Power: Digging Deep and Aiming High

Dr Claire Corkhill, University of Sheffield
Friday 16 September 2016, 13:30 / 19:00 - audience 10+

The energy generated from nuclear power stations is used to keep the lights on. But have you ever wondered how a nuclear power station works? What is the fuel and where do we get it from? How is electricity generated? Is it safe? And what do we do with the radioactive waste? This talk will give an overview of nuclear power in the UK, focusing on the disposal options for nuclear waste, and how 21st century physics is supporting the government to make decisions on how to safely manage it for 100,000’s of years.

Forthcoming talks

  • Mysteries of the Solar System by Dr Chris North, Cardiff University and BBC Sky at Night presenter – Friday 7 October 2016, 13:30 / 19:00, audience 7+
  • From Jack the Ripper to Malaria: Geographic Profiling in Biology by Dr Steven Le Comber, Queen Mary University of London - Friday 18 November 2016, 13:30 / 19:00, suitable for all ages
  • Stopping Bad Guys with Lasers by Mr Stuart Bonthron, Cobalt Light Systems – Friday 9 December, 13:30 / 19:00, audience 7+

Further information

RAL Campus map with parking
(Credit: STFC)

All talks last for approximately 1 hour, with 15 minutes for questions. Once you have arrived at the site, there will be signs directing to parking and registration. For daytime talks parking will be in our overflow car park, which is marked on the map below as a dark blue car. It is then a short walk to Reception R75 (marked in green) and then onto R22 (marked in pink). For evening talks, parking will be on site.

For information on how to get to RAL please follow the link below.

How to get to RAL

 
  • Why Bats Don’t Get Fresher’s Flu - Dr Tom August (Friday 15 April 2016)
     
  • Vaccines for old and new pathogens - Professor Helen McShane (Friday 11 March 2016)
     
  • Insects: Sex, violence and a cast of billions - Dr George McGavin (17 February 2016)
     
  • Hypothesis Hunter: Adventures in the Inner Space of the Face – Dr Todd C. Rae (11 December 2015)
     
  • LHC: The Higgs and what comes next – Prof. William Murray (27 November 2015)
     
  • Eat my Science – Stefan Gates (Friday 30 October 2015)
     
  • World Space Week: How the Earth takes selfies! - Dan Wicks and Sam Adlen (Friday 9 October 2015)
     
  • European Researchers’ Night: One night, several hundred cities all over Europe and beyond! (Friday 25 September 2015)
     
  • Henry Moseley: a scientist lost to war – Russell Egdell and Andy Dent (Thursday 17 September/Friday 18 September 2015)
     
  • Revealing Silken Secrets – Dr. Ann Terry (Friday 19 June 2015)
     
  • Manufacturing Regenerative Therapies – Dr. Karen Coopman (Friday 8 May 2015)
     
  • Nuclear Energy – The Facts Behind the Fuss – Dr. John Roberts (Monday 13 April 2015)
     
  • The Light Fantastic – Diamond Light Source, RAL Space and the Central Laser Facility (Friday 20 March 2015)
     
  • Eat, Play, Collide! - Dr. Suzie Sheehy (Friday 20 February 2015)
     
  • Finding Richard III: The Grey Friars Project - Dr Turi King (Friday 6 January 2015)
     
  • Comets Near and Far - Prof Alan Fitzsimmons (Friday 5 December 2014)
     
  • “Why Blood is Red and Grass is Green” – what we and the things around us, are made of – Prof. Simon Phillips (Friday 21 November 2014)
     
  • The Ugly Animal Roadshow - Simon Watt (Friday 31 October 2014)
     
  • Engineering Past and Future - Prof John Womersley (Tuesday 21 October 2014 - Café Scientifique)
     
  • Cayman Caves and Past Life in Paradise - Prof Phil Manning (Friday 25 September 2014)
     
  • Exploring the universe near and far: Highlights from ESA's space science programme - Prof Mark McCaughrean (Monday 9 June 2014)
     
  • The Building Blocks of the Universe - Dr Emannuel Olaiya (Friday 9 May 2014)
     
  • The Story of Crystallography: How the Braggs Changed the World 03 September
     
  • Chemical Magic - Dr Malcolm Stewart and Dr Fabrice Birembaut (Friday 19 April)
     
  • What earthworms know about climate change - Professor Mark Hodson (Friday 25 January 2013)
     
  • Science Circus Show - Dr Ken Farquhar (Friday 15 February)
     
  • Inserting dinosaurs into synchrotrons - Phil Manning (Friday 8 March) 
     
  • Higgs Boson - Dr William Murray (Friday 07 December 2012)
     
  • Physics and the Games IOP - David James and Leon Foster, Sheffield Hallam University (Friday 16 November 2012)
     
  • Life on Mars - Steve Cutts (Friday 5 October 2012)
     
  • Power mad - Dr Dan Faircloth (Friday 20 April 2012) 
     
  • An astronaut in space - Tim Peake (Friday 11 May 2012) 
     
  • Creative sparks and celestial fire - Christopher Parkin (Friday 8 June 2012) 
     
  • Ernest Rutherford and the big bang machine - Dr Bruce Kennedy (20 January 2012) 
     
  • It takes guts - The Science Museum Team (17 February 2012) 
     
  • A nourishing legacy: Sport, nutrition and communities - Peter Wootton-Beard (30 March 2012)
     
  • Surfing to the stars... A life in Astronomy - Amy Tyndall (09 December 2011) 
     
  • X-rays to antimatter - Dr Michael wilson (25 November 2011) 
     
  • Super intense lasers - Ceri Brenner (14 October 2011) 
     
  • How alien invaders can change governments - Chris Frost (06 May 2011)
     
  • In search of the northern lights - Jim Wild (25 May 2011) 
     
  • The big squeeze - putting materials under pressure - Colin Pulham (24 June 2011) 
     
  • Nuclear physics - past and present - David Jenkins (21 January 2011) 
     
  • Astronomy - an incredible journey of discovery - Marek Kukula (16 February 2011) 
     
  • Reading the unreadable, probing manuscripts beyond the written word - Tim Wess (11 March 2011) 
     
  • Cows in the Maze - mathematical explorations - Ian Stewart (12 November 2010) 
     
  • Focus on fusion - Dr Melanie Windridge (3 December 2010) 
     
  • 50 years of the laser and its implications in medicine - Taj Bhutta / Mahmood Bhutta (15 October 2010) 
     
  • Antimatter - Professor Frank Close (15 January 2010) 
     
  • Nuclear chocolate bars and laser light shows - Dr Elizabeth Ainsbury and Dr John O'Hagen (24 February 2010) 
     
  • Darwin's Islands - Dr David Robertson (26 March 2010) 
     
  • The Large Hadron Collider: Big science, big bangs and black holes - Dr Kristian Harder (14 May 2010) 
     
  • The genetics of ear diseases, and Fair Trade in the NHS - Mahmood Bhutta (18 June 2010)

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