2021 Archive

See youtube.com/WinchesterCafeScientifique for recordings of online talks

Mon 7th June 7.30pm “What is Blockchain?” – Walid Al Saqqaf

Blockchain often confused with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is a new technology that is increasingly being used, within an enterprise context, in industries all around the world. From trade finance, to insurance, to supply chains, banking, pharma, food & agriculture and much more. This talk will explain what is blockchain, its disruptive potential and why it is often described as a trust foundational layer for the creation of new business models.

Walid Al Saqqaf has been a Financial Technology specialist for over 20 years. He has created 7 technology startups, the latest of which, Rebalance Earth uses blockchain technology to fight climate change and regenerate biodiversity. His podcast at Insureblocks.com has over 160 interviews with blockchain pioneers across industries and jurisdiction. He is the proud father of two young daughters.

Mon 3rd May 7.30pm “5G and the Internet of Everything” – William Vine

We’ve had mobile phones for nearly 35 years. Why do we need ‘another’ G? How 5G be any different to the others? Will connecting ‘Things’ to the internet over 5G deliver the 4th Industrial Revolution?

Originally a chemist, William has worked in mobile technology for over 20 years. He has an eclectic interest in science communication and the history of science.

Mon 5th April 7.30pm “Cells & immunity” – Andrew Seber

How do human cells make immunity possible? Why are mutations important? What are B cells and T cells? Andrew Seber recaps and builds on his June 2020 talk on the basics of immunity, using his teaching experience to explain the background to a subject that has dominated the news for the past year. 

This is a follow on talk from last year’s “What is immunity” 

Mon 1st March 7.30pm “Science in the time of Covid, stories of palaeontology in peculiar times” Dr Neil Gostling

Neil Gostling is Lecturer in Evolution and Palaeobioloy in the School of Biological Sciences, and the University of Southampton. Over the last year, he, and his students and colleagues have had to adapt to the global situation, but science hasn’t stopped, and neither has he. A new dinosaur (or 2); and a new understanding of mammalian physiology at the groups appearance, are just two of the things he will discuss in his talk.

When he is not working on dinosaurs or stem mammals, Neil is the programme leader for the Zoology degree programme, and the MRes Evolution, from the Galapagos to the 21st Century. This exciting programme takes students to the Galapagos, and explores evolutionary processes across 9 Schools’ at the University of Southampton, from Biology to engineering, medicine to philosophy. Evolution underpins the science of biology.

Mon 1st February 7.30pm “Winchester College – historic science books”

The Fellows’ Library of Winchester College was established at the beginning of the 15th century. The collections include many scientific works, from medieval manuscripts of the works of Roger Bacon, to first editions of Kepler, Hooke and Newton. This talk, given by Richard Foster (Fellows’ Librarian) and Sarah Griffin (Assistant Curator), will explore some of the highlights.

Info on the Fellows’ Library: https://www.winchestercollege.org/explore/archives-libraries-treasury/fellows-library – details of how to search the collection under ‘Catalogues’ at the end.

Info on Treasury (the school’s museum): https://treasury.winchestercollege.org

A recently published book about the College’s collections: https://treasury.winchestercollege.org/new-design/pages/forms/50-treasures-of-winchester-college-order-form-

Information on some highlights of the Science School collection: http://winchestercollections.co.uk/?collection_cat=science-collection

Mon 4th January 7.30pm “AI and Big Data” – Ajit Jaokar

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the science of making computer systems smart, and an umbrella term for a range of technologies that carry out functions that typically require intelligence in humans. AI technologies already support many everyday products and services, and the power and reach of these technologies are advancing at pace.

Ajit’s  work spans research, entrepreneurship and academia relating to artificial intelligence (AI) with Edge Computing, 5G and Cybersecurity. He is the course director of the course: Artificial Intelligence: Cloud and Edge Implementations at the University of Oxford. Besides this, he also conducts, amongst others, the University of Oxford courses: AI for Cybersecurity and Computer Vision.

Ajit works as a Data Scientist through his company feynlabs – focusing on building innovative early stage AI prototypes for domains such as cybersecurity, robotics and healthcare. He is also currently working on a book to teach AI using mathematical foundations at high school level.

His PhD research is based on AI and Affective Computing (how AI interprets emotion).
Ajit has contributed to the World Economic Forum and  the European Parliament on technology and AI themes.