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Modern chemistry and physics may have a focus on what is too small to be seen or too massive to be imagined, but a huge amount of research goes on at our own level of magnitude – our macroscale. This event is centred on how we interact with the world around us, and how in turn the environment influences our day-to-day lives. How will we be interacting with computer interfaces in the future? How can the very walls around us shape our worldview? And why won’t we be climbing those walls any time soon…? Join us to find out!
New Technologies for Interfacing with the Brain
George Malliaras (Professor at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge)
One of the most important scientific and technological frontiers of our time lies in the interface between electronics and the human brain. I will show examples of novel devices for recording and stimulation of the brain that offer tremendous opportunities to improve our understanding of brain physiology and pathology and to deliver new therapies.
How to stick but not get stuck – the secrets of nature’s best climbers
David Labonte (Fellow at Clare College)
Geckos can comfortably hang from one toe, and ants easily carry items multiple times their own body weight up plant stems – the natural world is full of climbing experts. But how do these animals manage to stick to even the most challenging surfaces, while simultaneously being capable of seemingly effortless locomotion? In this talk, I will reveal some of the tricks employed by climbing animals.
The Human Habitat - Science & Technology in Architecture
Margherita Gallieni (Snell David Architects, Architectural Assistant )
Architecture is often thought of as a subject belonging to the realms of the arts and dismissed as a discipline for the elites. However, if we think of architecture as the process of shaping the environment around us through design and construction, its centrality in all human lives becomes evident. Only through a real understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of such a complex task as creating an environment which creates a comfortable and enjoyable backdrop to human life, can we set up to collaborate and explore opportunities for our species' future.