This week was the annual winter meal for the I-Science Society, and we had quite a good turn out! Student societies can be sponsored by different businesses, giving deals to society members in exchange for guaranteeing a certain number of people per term, or advertising, that sort of thing. This year like many student societies, we signed up with Spice Bazaar, and it turns out the rumours were true on how good the food is!
We decided to have the event after a seminar hosted by the I-science department as part of their research lecture series, which take place about once a term. Aside from the free wine reception, these lectures give a great chance to talk to those at the head of their field, and the topics often cross more than one discipline. In the past these have included seminars on the recent Martian meteorite, Tissint, by Professor Monica Grady, the importance of gold nanoclusters in many aspects of medicine by Professor Mathias Brust, and the viability of climate models through predicting the past by Professor Alan Haywood. This time round Dr Kevin Parker gave a talk on the importance of science communication in everything from marketing transistors to climate change, emphasising the importance of identifying the benefits of new technology to make them successful and discussing the many issues facing medicine, electronics and food production.