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An evening of natural sciences! We'll hear from three scientists, each working to understand nature at a different scale; An evening exploring the world from the scaffold of the cells that we rely on for life to the atmosphere above us! We'll hear from scientists, each working to understand the universe in which we exist, each at a different scale. From the plant cell and its walls that structure the entire plant, to the forest ecosystem that works in an acute balance, and the tumultuous atmosphere that drives life threatening storms.
Why plant cell walls support society
Dr Lazar Novakovic (Post Doctoral Researcher in Plant Biology)
What are cell walls and what is their role in plant growth and development? What different types of cell walls exist and what are their specific roles? Lazar's talk will explain why cell walls are important for our society and how their research will help us to better understand them. Lazar promises to bring glimpses of the 'cute and interesting' world of microscopy and slow motion to help us understand the amazing world of the cell.
Planting the wrong trees
Every tree is different. They all fit slightly different niches in the environment and grow in slightly different ways. So how do you know if you've planted the right ones? Robin's talk will cross continents to answer this question. From the newly planted 'Gair Wood' just outside Leeds to the logged and recovering rain forests of Southeast Asia, Robin will share their research on what makes a tree the 'right' tree to plant and where, sometimes, we might go wrong.
Predicting extreme tropical storms in Southeast Asia
Joseph Smith (PhD Researcher)
The Maritime Continent region of Southeast Asia contains the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. It is a region of complex topography and a global hotspot for intense rainfall. Storms such as squall lines are common across the region and are regularly the cause of landslides and flooding. Joey will update you about current techniques to help predict these storms to reduce the ecological and economic impact on this region.
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