Professorial Inaugural Lecture Series for spring 2017 announced

The University's Professorial Inaugural Lecture Series, which allow all new professors the opportunity to share their cutting-edge research with the public, has been unveiled with a new programme covering a diverse range of topics.

The series of free lectures will run in May and June and offer members of the public a chance to hear from leading experts discussing some of the most recent knowledge developed in their fields.

If you ever wondered about the importance of mathematics to topology and smart computer modelling, or wanted to know how satellites help monitor our environment then academics from the University’s Departments of Mathematics and Geography will be discussing their work in the first three upcoming lectures of the series.

Lectures in May are:

  • 16 May 2017 at 6.00pm: Professor Alex Clark, Department of Mathematics 'When shape matters: from topology to tilings' in Centre for Medicine, Lecture Theatre 1.
  • 23 May 2017 at 6.00pm: Professor Emmanuil Georgoulis, Department of Mathematics 'Simulating our world: rigorous mathematics towards smart computational modelling from cell biology to geophysics' in Centre for Medicine, Lecture Theatre 1.
  • 30 May 2017 at 6.00pm: Professor Kevin Tansey, Department of Geography 'Earth’s Big Brother: using satellite data to monitor our planet' in Centre for Medicine, Lecture Theatre 1.

In June, you can find out how humans are changing the geology of Earth, the curiously controversial legal nature of the ‘trust’, what archaeology can tell us about domestic lives of the past and the unexpected complexity of fluid dynamics. You can also hear from an astronomer working with the Curiosity Rover on Mars.

Lectures in June are:

  • 6 June 2017 at 6.00pm: Professor Jan Zalasiewicz, Department of Geology 'An Anthropocene pebble: time-capsule for the far future' in Centre for Medicine, Lecture Theatre 1.
  • 13 June 2017 at 5.30pm: Professor Peter Jaffey, School of Law 'The legal nature of the trust'
    And: Professor Penelope Allison, School of Archaeology and Ancient History 'From Maori ovens to the Roman table' in Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1.
  • 20 June 2017 at 5.30pm: Professor Stephen Garrett, Department of Engineering 'Fluids mechanics: complexity at all scales'
    And: Professor John Bridges, Department of Physics and Astronomy 'Exploring Mars' in Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1.
  • 22 June 2017 at 12.00pm: Professor Christine Pullar, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology 'Old dogs for new tricks-The use of salbutamol to regenerate skin, reducing skin wound fibrosis/scars' in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre in Henry Wellcome Building