Nerd Nite 40: Time, Fire and Bees

We’re back with a great line up, cake from our friends at the Real Junk Food Project and the quiz.

Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start
Our speakers this month:

1. Dr John Downie: The mechanics of time

John Downie has been taking things apart and putting them back together since he was a boy (he hardly ever has any parts left over). He studied electrical engineering at Edinburgh then worked for the Uganda Electricity Board and managed to avoid the crocodiles whilst diving on Owen Falls hydro power station. His PhD in electrical engineering involved rather too many arsenic compounds so he transferred to maths research. At Sussex University he worked on gas turbines and computers before moving to Brighton University teaching and researching product design, computing and engines. He is now retired so gets to spend all day making and designing and fixing stuff- clocks and bicycles a speciality.

 2. Meriel Jeater: Myths of the great fire of London

Meriel Jeater joined Museum of London in 2000. She is a curator in the Archaeology Collections department (covering the ambitiously wide timescale of 450,000BC to AD1700) which includes archaeological objects and social history. Meriel has worked on the permanent medieval London gallery, the War, Plague and Fire gallery, and has most recently curated the Fire! Fire! exhibition. Meriel has a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History, an MA in Museology and is most interested in the medieval, Tudor and Stuart periods.

3. Dr Beth Nicholls: People, pollinators and pollution

 Beth, or ‘Beth Bees’ to her friends, gained a PhD in Animal Behaviour from the University of Exeter by studying what bees think about when they collect pollen from flowers (mostly, “Mmmm….pollen” and “Does this smell funny to you?”). For the past three years Beth has been working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Sussex, investigating the impact of pesticides on bees and other pollinating insects. Beth is a big fan of getting other people (including small children) to do her research for her, also known as ‘Citizen Science’. She is currently embarking on a new project working with allotment growers in Brighton & Hove to understand more about which insects are pollinating the fruit and veg grown in the city.

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