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  • 10/2018: Deciphering the Past with Accelerators (J. Dopke)

    Place and Time: Abingdon, Thursday 18 October 2018 from 19:00 for 19:30

    King Charles Room, King’s Head and Bell, (10 E St Helen St, Abingdon OX14 5EA)

    TITLE: Deciphering the Past with Accelerators

    In 1709, digging of a well near Mount Vesuvius brought up some old statues at large depth. This discovery led to major excavations happening around what was discovered to be the city of Herculaneum, covered during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. Particular interest fell onto a library discovered within the excavation site, holding hundreds of carbonised scrolls from the time of the volcanoes eruption. These well preserved artefacts may well hold secrets, we cannot otherwise know of, as few other libraries from the time are preserved to this day. 

    Though much effort has gone into physical or “metaphysical” opening of these scrolls, to date there seems to be no viable method of making these objects accessible to scholars without destructive action. Within my presentation I will give insight into what has been done so far, and what is currently being looked at to make these objects readable through use of modern day physics and computing, as well as some of the unexpected challenges one faces when trying to make 2000 year old material readable.

    Speaker : Jens Dopke

    A physicist by trade I started studying at the University of Wuppertal, Germany in 2001. Given an interest in particle physics, I started early on development of electronics and systems providing for particle physics related measurements. This led on to me being considered an expert in design/installation/operation and after finishing my PhD on detector electronics development, I moved on to CERN, Geneva, to support operation and upgrade of the ATLAS Detector through the years of 2011-2014.

    Currently I hold a staff position at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Chilton, working on future tracking detectors for the ATLAS experiment, as well as general technology R&D for future detector systems. On the side I invest time into my pet project, making ancient scrolls readable through use of modern day, non-destructive imaging.

    In my spare time I like to teach maths at St. John’s College, Oxford, and demonstrate in undergraduate electronics labs. When all that is over, I tend to my relationship which usually involves a lot of hiking, favourably in the Scottish highlands, followed by a glass of single malt.

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  • 11/2018: AGM & Talk: Quest for Beef Replacement (M. Springmann)

    Place and Time: Abingdon, Thursday 15 November 2018 from 19:00 for 19:30

    King Charles Room, King’s Head and Bell, (10 E St Helen St, Abingdon OX14 5EA)

    TITLE: The Quest for the Best Beef Replacement

    Livestock is a major driver of climate change, and red meat (including beef, lamb and pork) has recently been declared as likely carcinogenic by the cancer agency of the World Health Organisation. Against this backdrop, I evaluate a range of potential meat alternatives from nutritional, health, climate change, and affordability perspectives. The alternatives include traditional replacements based on legumes, nuts, tofu and wheat-based products, and also more recent products based on algae, jackfruit, fungus-based mycoprotein, and edible insects.

    Speaker: Marco Springmann

    Marco is a senior researcher in the Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention in the Nuffield Department of Population Health, and leads the Centre’s programme on environmental sustainability and public health. He is interested in the health, environmental, and economic dimensions of the global food systems. He often uses systems models to provide quantitative estimates on food-related questions. He is currently working on a multidisciplinary project focused on the analysis and management of animal products and their substitutes called “Livestock, Environment and People” (LEAP). (http://www.futureoffood.ox.ac.uk/project/future-meat-and-dairy-fomad)

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