Future Talks

All talks at Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street 7.15 for 7.45 unless otherwise advertised. Licensed bar serving hot drinks, cakes and snacks. No charge to attend. Contributions welcome.

Monday 21st May 2018 – Dr Alan Costley – “Faster Fusion: Fact or Fantasy?”

The need for carbon free sources of energy is well established and fusion power – often billed as safe, everlasting and potentially available to all – is one possible solution.  But experimental fusion devices are large and expensive and, in consequence, fusion is taking decades to develop.  Recent re-evaluations of the underlying physics combined with new emerging technologies are opening development paths based on much smaller fusion devices which will be cheaper and faster to build.  But are they feasible, will they work?  In “Faster Fusion: Fact of Fantasy?” we explore the answers.

 

Dr Alan Costley has worked in fusion for more than 40 years and published extensively in the field.  He has held senior positions at the JET project, Culham, and on the international ITER project in Cadarache, France.  He is now a consultant in the field working mostly for Tokamak Energy Ltd, a private UK company developing a faster route to fusion power.

Mon 4th June – Jediah Clark – “The driverless future: can we design vehicles to be our co-pilots?”

The ‘roadmap’ towards a driverless future remains unclear. In this talk, Jed will take you through the current challenges in autonomous vehicle technology, with a particular focus on what it means for us, as humans, to work with and trust our autonomous counterparts in the years to come.

Educated as a psychologist, Jed is now a member of the ‘Human Factors Engineering’ team at the University of Southampton working on his PhD. His research involves taking psychological concepts and applying them to driverless car in-vehicle technology. He is focusing on how to better the communication process between the automation and the driver in automated systems that require input from both human and vehicle (like that of aviation).

Monday 2nd July – Professor Jakub Bijak – CPC- University of Southampton, – ‘The Uncertain World of International Migration’

Besides remaining a hot and politically-charged topic, international migration is a fascinating area of study for demographers, being one of the most uncertain, complex and multidimensional population processes.  In this talk, Jakub will sketch the current broad state of knowledge on migration, with focus on the key areas about which we do not know much, and possibly never will.  To that end, we will explore possible responses to migration, which take its uncertainty and complexity for what it is: neither something to ignore, nor necessarily to fight against, but rather an inherent feature of population mobility which needs to be acknowledged and managed.

Jakub is a statistical demographer, with 17 years of work experience in academia and international civil service. His research mainly focuses on demographic uncertainty, population models and forecasts, and the demography of armed conflict. For his work on migration modelling and forecasting he has been awarded the Allianz European Demographer Award (2015) and the Jerzy Z Holzer Medal (2007). Currently he leads an ERC project on Bayesian agent-based population studies, developing innovative simulation models of migration.”

Monday 6th August – Robert Attwood – Diamond Light Source