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.

Mon 4th December 2017 – Dr Matt Loxham – Particulates and Health

Air pollution is regularly in the news – UK cities breaking air pollution limits, smogs in Asian megacities, estimates about the numbers of people who die prematurely as a result of exposure to pollution, new links to diseases caused by pollution, or novel ways of reducing levels of pollution and our exposure to it.  But what exactly is air pollution, and where does it come from?  How is it measured?  What happens to our lungs and other parts of our body when we inhale air pollution?  And how can we reduce our exposure to pollution?  In my talk I will try to answer these questions, using examples from the latest research, as well as showing how much more there is that we need to understand.

Matthew Loxham graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology.  After remaining in Sheffield for a period of research studying lung mast cell biology with Dr Peter Peachell, he moved to the University of Southampton, taking a Master of Research degree in Respiratory Biology.  His doctoral research focused on the link between the chemistry and the biological effects of particulate matter found in underground railway stations.  A key finding of his doctoral research was that the smallest particles found in the air in underground systems are much richer in metals than similarly sized particles in the outdoor air, making underground particulate matter potentially more toxic than that found above ground.

A three year period of postdoctoral research focused on airway epithelial responses to a range of exogenous factors, including particulate matter, airborne allergens, and viruses, with a particular focus on epithelial responses leading to airway inflammation and airway remodelling.

In December 2016, Dr Loxham was awarded a BBSRC Future Leader Fellowship, focusing on the health effects of particulate matter from ships and dockside emissions sources.  He is also interested in the effects of ultrafine and nanoparticles at the cellular and molecular level, and the effects of particulate matter on sites other than the lungs.

Mon 15th January 2018 – Prof Tim Underwood – Research into Oesophageal Cancer

Mon 5th February 2018 – Dr. Rick Stafford, Bournemouth University – “The ecology of marine fisheries and its role in a changing political landscape”

Mon 5th March – Dr. Fayyaz Rehman – ” “An overview of Additive Manufacturing Technology and its applications”

Mon 16th April 2018 – Dale Lane – IBM – “Can computers be creative? Using AI to design  new meals and dishes”

Mon 5th February 2018 – Dr. Rick Stafford, Bournemouth University – “The ecology of marine fisheries and its role in a changing political landscape”

Fish are a vital part of the marine ecosystem, and understanding their ecology should play a vital role in managing the marine environment, and especially the fishing industry. This talk will examine the basics of fisheries science, but also explore new research which suggests that overexploiting fish stocks can have unforeseen consequences, such as directly contributing to climate change. It will also examine the relationship between fisheries science, ecology and politics, and explore whether political changes such as Brexit may help or hinder the recovery of UK fish stocks.

Dr Rick Stafford is a Principal Academic in Marine Conservation at Bournemouth University, working both in the natural and social science aspects of conservation. His interests are in the effective protection of biodiversity, biomass and ecosystem function in the marine environment, and has conducted work on the wider ecological issues of fishing, and the effectiveness of solutions such as marine protected areas worldwide.