Back to the Future Part 1 or Part 2? Research and Higher Learning in the Mid-Twenty-First Century

Professor Karl Dayson

The notion of Industry 4.0 is permeating all aspects of the global economy, creating a narrative rooted in more intensive automation of work and globalisation...

20th May 2021, 6:30pm

How will extreme weather events alter due to climate change?

Professor David M. Schultz

Headlines from newspapers and websites scream out the soundbite that anthropogenic climate change is causing more extreme weather...

26th May 2021, 6:30pm

Science, Politics and Adventure in Antarctica

Jonathan Walton

Humans have messed up six of the world’s seven continents.  At the height of the Cold war, in 1961, 12 powerful nations signed a major treaty: the Antarctic Treaty...

2nd June 2021, 6:30pm

“Sensation, Sensation, Sensation”: Collecting the New Age - the extraordinary case of the 5th Marquis of Anglesey

Professor Vivien Gardner

Professor Gardner’s presentation will offer a unique snapshot of Britain’s fascination with the ‘new’ that characterised the lifestyle of many of the cultural elite at the turn of the last century...

7th June 2021, 6:30pm

Manchester and the Civil War

Tim Cockitt

In the 17th Century Manchester was a peaceful, quiet and unexceptional market town. However, at this time, there was growing unease with the monarch, Charles I...

15th June 2021, 7:00pm

From cat skin to submarines - new materials that are a bit of a stretch

Professor Helen Gleeson

Liquid crystals are self-organising fluids that are perhaps best known for their use in displays (LCDs). Much of the research in the area over the past 30 years has been focused on achieving faster switching and more complex images in flat panel TVs. However, such technology is now mature...

22nd June 2021, 6:30pm