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We are pleased to announce the formation of the Wolfson College Science Society, which aims to promote science, medicine, technology and engineering research in College.

The Society will host a series of lay-friendly talks, which will contribute to an understanding of how science and technology affect not only the way we live now, but perhaps more importantly, how they will affect our lives in the future.

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If you have a question about this list, please contact: Dr. Vijay Narayan; Dr Stephen D Hoath; Dr Antonio M. M. Rodrigues; Dr Armando Maestro. If you have a question about a specific talk, click on that talk to find its organiser.

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Are Animals Musical?

UserJohns Hopkins Peabody Institute.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 16 June 2017, 17:45-19:10

Music, Rhythm and Developmental Dyslexia.

UserDr Sheila Flanagan, Centre for Neuroscience in Education.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 09 June 2017, 17:45-19:10

Adhesion Strength Diversity in Brain Tumours

UserDr Rasha Rezk, Engineering, Wolfson College.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 02 June 2017, 17:45-19:10

Do we need to be concerned about the rise of e-cigarettes?

UserDr. Milica Vasiljevic, Primary Care Unit.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 26 May 2017, 17:45-19:10

The metalsmith of the future

UserDr. Evripides Loukaides, Lecturer, University of Bath.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 19 May 2017, 17:45-19:10

How can we encourage kindness? A perspective from evolutionary biology

UserDr Joel Peck, Department of Genetics.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 10 March 2017, 17:45-19:10

Music, Rhythm and Developmental Dyslexia. (POSTPONED)

UserDr Sheila Flanagan, Centre for Neuroscience in Education.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 24 February 2017, 17:45-19:10

Bacterial control of their viral parasites through altruistic suicide

UserProf George Salmond, Biochemistry, Wolfson College.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 17 February 2017, 17:45-19:10

Can mobile phones help people quit smoking?

UserDr. Felix Naughton, Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, University of East Anglia.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 10 February 2017, 17:45-19:10

Optofluidic Tools to Study Antibiotic Resistance

UserDr. Jehangir Cama, Physics Department, University of Cambridge.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 03 February 2017, 17:45-19:10

The origin of altruism: Philosophical, theoretical, and empirical perspectives

UserDr Dieter Lukas, Dr Antonio Rodrigues, Dr Peter Woodford.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 09 December 2016, 17:45-19:10

The art of computing with parallel universes: Quantum computing explained

UserDr Fernando Gonzalez-Zarba -Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory..

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 02 December 2016, 17:45-19:10

Computational Interfacial Chemistry: What do we do ?

UserDr Chao Zhang -Department of Chemistry.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 25 November 2016, 17:45-19:10

Sustainability of Energy and Material Demand: Reducing the Demand for Steel

Meetings begin at 5.45pm with drinks; the talk follows at 6.00pm

UserDr. Andre Cabrera Serrenho, The Use Less Group, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

HouseWolfson College, Roger Needham Room.

ClockFriday 11 November 2016, 17:45-19:10

Skipping between Portals: neutron analysis of membrane protein biogenesis

UserDr Nathan R. Zaccai -Cambridge Institute for Medical Research.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 04 November 2016, 17:45-19:10

Musilanguage in the Cradle

UserDr Fabia Franco, Middlesex University London.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 10 June 2016, 17:45-19:10

Corporate Psychopaths at Work and in Society

UserProfessor Clive Boddy, Middlesex University London.

HouseWolfson College, Roger Needham Room (Chancellor Center).

ClockFriday 03 June 2016, 17:45-19:10

Organismal design and causation in social evolution

UserDr António Rodrigues, Department of Zoology.

HouseWolfson College, Old Combination Room.

ClockFriday 27 May 2016, 18:30-19:15

How Prediction Errors and Schemas Shape our Memories.

UserDr Andrea Greve, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.

HouseWolfson College, Roger Needham Room (Chancellor Center).

ClockFriday 27 May 2016, 17:45-18:30

Behavioural flexibility and problem solving in an invasive bird

UserDr Corina Logan, Department of Zoology.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 20 May 2016, 18:30-19:15

The Psychophysiology of the Vasovagal (Fainting) Response: Mechanisms and Interventions

UserDr Philippe T. Gilchrist, Wolfson College, Department of Psychology.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 20 May 2016, 17:45-18:30

The Invention of Consciousness

UserProfessor Nicholas Humphrey, LSE, New College of the Humanities, Darwin College.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 13 May 2016, 17:45-19:10

Complex Analysis — Simplified!

UserProfessor Andy Raich, University of Arkansas.

HouseWolfson College, Old Combination Room.

ClockFriday 06 May 2016, 17:45-19:10

Checking out NHS Health Checks

UserProfessor Simon Griffin, Department of Public Health and Primary Care.

HouseWolfson College, Old Combination Room.

ClockFriday 29 April 2016, 17:45-19:10

Crop Science and Food security: the productivity, waste and distribution 'trilemma'

UserProfessor Howard Griffiths, Department of Plant Sciences.

HouseWolfson College, Old Combination Room.

ClockFriday 22 April 2016, 18:00-19:15

Beyond the Nuclear Family: An Evolutionary Perspective on Family and Fertility

UserDr Rebecca Sear, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

HouseWolfson College, Old Combination Room.

ClockFriday 26 February 2016, 16:00-17:10

Cellulose Photonics: from nature to applications

UserDr Silvia Vignolini, Department of Chemistry.

HouseWolfson College, Old Combination Room.

ClockFriday 12 February 2016, 18:00-19:15

The beauty and science of nebulae

UserProfessor Carolin Crawford, Institute of Astronomy.

HouseWolfson College, Old Combination Room.

ClockFriday 29 January 2016, 18:00-19:15

Meaningful Music, Unmediated Sound: An Evolutionary History

UserProfessor Elizabeth Tolbert, Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute.

HouseWolfson College, Old Combination Room.

ClockFriday 22 January 2016, 18:00-19:15

Optimizing endurance performance is an intellectual exercise

UserDr Christof Schwiening, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 15 January 2016, 18:00-19:15

Tales from the crypt: How science harvests death for humanity's benefit

UserProfessor Jeffery K. Tomberlin, Texas A&M University.

HouseWolfson College, Old Combination Room.

ClockFriday 27 November 2015, 18:00-19:15

Human embryos: a visual history

UserDr Nick Hopwood, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

HouseWolfson College, Old Combination Room.

ClockFriday 20 November 2015, 18:00-19:15

Thoughts on the current crisis in the NHS and how to resolve it: getting from lose/lose to win/win.

UserJan Filochowski, Clinical and Professional Adviser at CQC; NIHR; Commonwealth Fund and IHI.

HouseWolfson College, Roger Needham Room (Chancellor Center).

ClockFriday 06 November 2015, 18:15-19:15

Unravelling the Innovation Mystery

UserAnirban Lahiri, Xaar Ltd.

HouseWolfson College, room TBC.

ClockFriday 23 October 2015, 18:15-19:15

When to care for and when to kill another female's offspring

UserDr Dieter Lukas, Department of Zoology.

HouseWolfson College, Gatsby Room.

ClockFriday 16 October 2015, 18:00-19:15

Building a Start-up from Cam’lab Research

UserDr. Stone (Novalia) .

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 29 May 2015, 18:15-19:15

Analysing Daily Behaviours with Large-Scale Smartphone Data.

UserNeal Lathia, Computer Laboratory.

HouseOld Combination Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 01 May 2015, 18:15-19:15

Mapping the rapid changes in mammalian genome regulation

UserPaul Flicek, EMBL - EBI.

HouseGatsby Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 13 March 2015, 18:15-19:15

Life after death: social evolution in a grave

UserProf Rebecca Kilner, Department of Zoology.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 20 February 2015, 18:15-19:15

Structure of the DNA Replication Machinery

UserJulian Conrad, MRC-LMB, Cambridge.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 23 January 2015, 18:15-19:15

How bees find the right flowers

UserDr Gregory Sutton.

HouseGatsby Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 28 November 2014, 18:15-19:15

I spy with my MRI....

UserDr Mick Mantle, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.

HouseSeminar Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 13 June 2014, 18:15-19:15

Inclusive Human Computer Interaction - from Indian farmers to Eurofighter Typhoon pilots

UserDr. Pradipta Biswas, Engineering Design Centre.

HouseSeminar Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 23 May 2014, 18:15-19:15

An Enlightenment tradition of characterising and caricaturing science and scientists: why words (and nerds) matter.

UserDr Jenny Mander (Department of French, University of Cambridge).

HouseSeminar Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 09 May 2014, 18:15-19:15

Open access publishing: a pioneer’s perspective.

UserBen Johnson, BioMed Central.

HouseSeminar Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 25 April 2014, 18:15-19:15

TBC - personal genomics

UserPaul Flicek, EMBL - EBI.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockThursday 13 March 2014, 18:15-19:15

May the force (of gravity) be with you: general relativity, black holes and beyond

UserPau Figueras, Dpt of Applied Mathematics and Theorical Physics.

HouseSeminar Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 07 March 2014, 18:15-19:15

In search of personal meaning in a file of 3.3 billion DNA letters

UserDr. Manuel Corpas, The Genome Aanalysis Center, Norwich.

HouseSeminar Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 14 February 2014, 18:15-19:15

Nanotechnology in healthcare: turning science fiction into science fact

UserDr Luis Garcia-Gancedo (Electrical Engineering Division, University of Cambridge).

HouseSeminar Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 31 January 2014, 18:15-19:15

Title to be confirmed

UserJulian Conrad, MRC-LMB, Cambridge.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockThursday 23 January 2014, 18:15-19:15

How does cancer become an infectious disease?

UserDr Hannah Siddle (Dpt of Pathology, Cambridge University).

HouseSeminar Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 06 December 2013, 18:15-19:15

Information storage in DNA

UserDr. Nick Goldman (EMBL - European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge).

HouseSeminar Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 22 November 2013, 18:15-19:15

The Dark Matter Mystery and the Large Hadron Collider

UserProf. Ben Allanach (Theoretical Physics, Cambridge).

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 08 November 2013, 18:15-19:15

The Origin and Evolution of the Universe

UserProf. John Barrow (Dpt of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge University) .

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 25 October 2013, 18:15-19:15

Planetary landscapes

UserProf Paul Murdin.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 17 May 2013, 18:00-19:15

The impact of the genomic revolution on medicine and agriculture

UserProf Dame Janet Thornton, Director of EMBL-EBI.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 26 April 2013, 18:00-19:15

Can yeast and a Robot Scientist help us design therapies for diseases like cancers and malaria?

UserProf Steve Oliver, Department of Biochemistry and Cambridge Systems Biology Centre.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 08 March 2013, 18:00-19:15

Nature v. nurture: dissecting the tumour ecosystem

UserProf Gillian Murphy, Department of Oncology.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 22 February 2013, 18:00-19:15

Kinect: You Are The Controller - The Inside Story!

UserMat Cook, Microsoft Research.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 08 February 2013, 18:00-19:15

Brains, Science, and Human Nature

Joint seminar with the Wolfson College Humanities Society

UserProf Simon Blackburn, Trinity College and UNC Chapel Hill.

HouseGatsby Room, Wolfson College.

ClockTuesday 05 February 2013, 18:00-19:15

Publishing in Nature journals

UserDr Elisa de Rainieri, Nature Communications.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 25 January 2013, 18:00-19:15

The Great Ink Crisis

UserProfessor Rick Mitchell, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

HouseGatsby Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 23 November 2012, 18:00-19:15

Issues in fuel supply and utilisation

UserDr John C. Jones, School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 09 November 2012, 18:00-19:15

90 days of night: A year in Antarctica at the French/Italian base Concordia Station

UserDr Eoin Macdonald-Nethercott, European Space Agency and Alumnus.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 26 October 2012, 18:00-19:15

Could the ageing be infectious?

UserDr Damian Crowther, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 12 October 2012, 18:00-19:15

Hearing loss and hearing aids

UserProfessor Brian Moore, Department of Experimental Psychology.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 08 June 2012, 18:00-19:15

Extracting meaning from text

UserProfessor Ann Copestake, Computer Laboratory.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 25 May 2012, 18:00-19:15

From Gutenberg to the digital age: the challenges and opportunities of inkjet printing

UserProfessor Ian Hutchings, Department of Engineering.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 18 May 2012, 18:00-19:15

The mammary gland: a source of milk and a cancer time bomb

UserDr Christine Watson, Department of Pathology.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 04 May 2012, 18:00-19:15

The Jet Engine: What Happens If....?

UserDr Ivor Day, Department of Engineering.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 09 March 2012, 18:00-19:15

The Unexpected Side of Entropy

User Professor Daan Frenkel ForMemRS, Department of Chemistry.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 24 February 2012, 18:00-19:15

The placenta: a remarkable but often neglected organ

User Professor Graham Burton, Department of Physiology.

HouseRoger Needham Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 10 February 2012, 18:00-19:15

Consciousness at stake: Perspectives from an anaesthetist

UserDr Ram Adapa, Division of Anaesthesia, School of Clinical Medicine.

HouseRoger Needham Room, Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 27 January 2012, 18:00-19:15

How nature might influence nurture

UserProfessor Baulcombe, Department of Plant Sciences.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 11 November 2011, 18:00-19:15

Communication with a single button

UserDr Patrick Welche, Cavendish Laboratory.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 28 October 2011, 18:00-19:15

Rubik's Planet; Global Consequences of Nanoscale Phenomena

UserDr Dr Christopher Forman, Institute for Manufacturing.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 14 October 2011, 18:00-19:15

The Nature of Empathy: Perspectives from Psychiatry

UserProf. Simon Baron-Cohen, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 03 June 2011, 18:00-19:15

Bananas, bandits and biology on the high seas

UserDr Anna Snowdon, Senior Member, Wolfson College.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 27 May 2011, 18:00-19:15

Nanotechnology: Science or Fiction?

UserDr Agnieszka Iwasiewicz-Wabnig, Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 20 May 2011, 18:00-19:15

Have I got path for you...?

UserProf. Alun Williams, Department of Veterinary Medicine.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 11 March 2011, 18:00-19:15

"Quantum teleportation, its use and abuse"

UserProf Richard Josza, DAMPT.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 25 February 2011, 18:00-19:15

"Is nuclear reprogramming a route to cell replacement therapy?"

UserProfessor Sir John Gurdon FRS, Department of Zoology/Wellcome Gurdon Institute.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 21 January 2011, 18:00-19:15

"Are my genes to blame when my jeans don’t fit?"

UserDr Giles Yeo, University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories, Institute of Metabolic Science.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 26 November 2010, 18:00-19:15

"Causes and prevention of type 2 diabetes"

UserProfessor Nick Wareham, MRC Epidemiology Unit.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 22 October 2010, 18:00-19:15

"The Master Puppeteer: How the Brain Controls the Body"

UserProf Daniel Wolpert, Department of Engineering.

HouseOld Combination Room (OCR), Wolfson College.

ClockFriday 15 October 2010, 18:00-19:15

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