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 3rd July 2017 – Prof Philip Wilson – “Developments in Hydrodynamics”

The talk will have a trajectory from the first hydrodynamics up to present CFD methodology and will encompass a whole lot of experimental work that I have been involved with.

Professor Philip A Wilson is Professor of Ship Dynamics within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. He studied Mathematics for his first degree at the University of Leicester and was subsequently awarded a DSc by the University of Leicester. Following work for Plessey Underwater systems he started in the University in 1973 as a research fellow in the former Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics as part of the fledgling Ship Science group. He is a founder member of the former Department of Ship Science and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Currently he is editor of the International Journal of Maritime Engineering and the Journal of Royal Institution of Naval Architects. He has published more than 250 academic papers and has appeared in such television programmes as Blue Peter, What Sank the Mary Rose? and as a judge in Scrapheap Challenge.


Mon 7th August – Prof Jessica Teeling – “All eyes on the immune system to fight age-related blindness”

Ever wondered why so many of us you lose our vison when we get old, as a result of age related macular degeneration? Is it our genes or our environment, or both? Do you want to find out how we can use research to tackle this most common form of blindless in eldery?   In this interactive cafe scientifique, professor Jessica Teeling will take you on a journey into the eye, sometimes referred to as the ‘window of the brain’ and discuss the role of our immune system driving the tissue damage to the ageing retina, which ultimately leads to losing our sight.

Jessica Teeling is a Professor in experimental neuroimmunology at the University of Southampton. She studied Medical Biology at the University of Amsterdam, followed by a PhD in immunology and hematology.  In 2004, she left Genmab to become an academic researcher at the University of Southampton and started her own research group in 2008 to study the effect of inflammation in the aging central nervous system. Professor Teeling’s primary research interest is to understand the role of the immune system in the central nervous system (CNS), and in particular the contribution of (systemic) inflammation in the onset and progression of disease of the brain and eye. She uses experimental models and ultimately, aims to use these to gain knowledge on how to prevent or treat common age related diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and Age Related Macular degeneration.


Mon 4th September – Dr. David Armstrong McKay, Climate Tipping Points: The Point of No Return?

Man-made emissions have been pushing up Earth’s temperature through the Greenhouse Effect, and much more warming is expected during our lifetimes if emissions aren’t reduced. But warming may not be gradual – passing a ‘tipping point’ can cause sudden change. Scientists are now worried that we’re approaching some of these tipping points, beyond which rapid and difficult-to-reverse climate changes may occur. This helps to make climate change more of a so-called “Wicked Problem” to respond to, as it makes future climate change more difficult to predict and comprehend. In this month’s Winchester Science Café join Dr. David Armstrong McKay to find out about what climate tipping points are, how might they affect us, and whether we can predict and avoid them.

Dr. David Armstrong McKay is currently a Research Fellow in the Geography and Environment department of the University of Southampton studying early warning signals of tipping points in lake ecosystems. He completed his PhD at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton in 2015 with a thesis investigating perturbations and tipping points in the carbon-climate system over the last 66 million years, and launched the Climate Tipping Points (www.climatetippingpoints.info) ReCoVER Network-funded outreach project in Autumn 2016. He is fascinated by the co-evolution of the Earth, life, and human societies as complex and dynamic systems Earth, and his research focuses on using numerical modelling and analysis to investigate the resilience of the Earth System.