2002–2003

Geology of Venus and Mars
Prof. Dan McKenzie, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
Seven Wonders of Physics
Prof. Sir Michael Berry FRS, Dept. of Physics, University of Bristol
The Matrix: Magic Fabric or Nanotech Miracle
Prof. Derek Lamport, University of Sussex (formerly Michigan State University)
Energy, information and the brain
Prof. Simon Laughlin FRS, Dept. of Zoology, University of Cambridge
What the hell is this woman doing here: the role of the forensic anthropologist
Dr Corinne Duhig, Anglia Polytechnic University and Wolfson College, Cambridge

2001–2002

Asteroid Geology
Dr. Philip Bland, Open University
The Psychology of the Paranormal
Prof. Richard Wiseman, University of Hertfordshire
Science for people who don’t want to know about science
Tim Radford, Science Editor for the Guardian.
Bacterial Flagella: Smart Structure, Smart Protein
Professor Chris Calladine FRS, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
Marine Ecology of the Caribbean
Professor John Raven FRS of Dundee University.
Cryogenic techniques and the detection of Dark Matter
Dr Hans Kraus of Oxford University.
Unpredictability in Science and Technology
Prof. Sir John Meurig Thomas FRS, The Master of Peterhouse.
Genetics and the ethical debate
Dr Julian Kinderlerer of Sheffield University
Atoms to biology – the hope of medical nanotechnology
Prof. Michael Horton of UCL
Physics in the 21st Century
Prof. Malcolm Longair FRS, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
The Chemistry of the Elements
Dr Graeme Hogarth and Professor Ivan Parkin of UCL. Naked Scientists interviewed the speakers.

2000–1999

The Protein Folding Problem: How to Find a Needle in a Haystack
Dr Sophie Jackson, Cambridge University Chemical Laboratory
Motor proteins: engines of creation
Dr Thomas Duke, Cavendish Laboratory
Learning from Mistakes
Dr Christopher J. Howe, Biochemistry Department
Primary Consciousness: Interface between Cognition and Affect
Dr Anthony Dickinson, Department of Experimental Psychology
Signing virtual humans point to the future?
Professor Andrew Bangham, School of Information Systems, University of East Anglia
Obesity: Beyond the Gluttony and Sloth Concept
Prof Steven O’Rahilly, Department of Medicine
How to see a world in a grain of sand
Dr David Summers, Department of Genetics
Methods in the Matter of Mind
Dr. T. Bussey, Department of Experimental Psychology

1999–2000

Consciousness, Computation, and Social Construction
Dr W F Clocksin, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
The Disgrace of Contemporary Consciousness Theory
Gerd Sommerhoff, OBE
The Science and Economics of Biodegradable Plastics
Prof Jeremy Sanders, FRS, Head of Chemistry, Cambridge
How Machines are Beginning to Think
Prof Igor Aleksander, FREng, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College
Listening to the Sun: A Laboratory for Physics
Prof Douglas Gough, FRS, Director of the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Explorations in Macromolecular Order in Biology
Prof Sir Aaron Klug, OM, ScD, PRS, President of The Royal Society, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1982
Immunology and pregnancy: what kind of immune response is it?
Dr Y W Loke, Department of Pathology, Cambridge
The Mathematical Brain
Prof Brian Butterworth, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL
New directions in science for the new millennium
Prof Brian Josephson, FRS, Director of the Mind-Matter Unification Project of the Theory of Condensed Matter Group, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, Nobel Prize for Physics, 1973
Uprooting the animal tree – new perspectives on the evolution of animals
Prof Michael Akam, Director of the Zoology Museum, Cambridge
Intelligence beyond humans – how computers will take over science
Dr Hugh Cartwright, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford
Will it be Super Intelligent Machines or Cyborgs?
Prof Kevin Warwick, Head of Cybernetics, University of Reading

1998–1999

Causation
Prof. Hugh Mellor
Acoustics
Dr. Jim Woodhouse
The Astonishing Simplicity of Consciousness
Gerd Sommerhoff, OBE
Making Sense of Modern Cosmology
Prof. Malcolm Longair
Sex, Scars & Shells; Adventures in Alligator Biology
Prof. Mark Ferguson
Throwing Away the Lens : The Revolution in Microscopy
Prof. Archie Howie
Biology and the Concept of Information
Prof. John Maynard-Smith
Macromolecules and Medicines : New Developments in Drug Discovery
Prof. Sir Tom Blundell, FRS
Scientific Evidence for the Effectiveness of Prayer
Dr. Peter Fenwick
Therapy for the Damaged Brain – A Possible way to reverse Cognitive Impairment
Prof. Jeffrey Gray
Garden Party!

1997–1998

Staying Sane
Dr Raj Persaud
Humans Before Humanity
Dr Robert Foley
Earthquakes: Geology in Action
Dr James Jackson
Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious Mind
Professor Ian Stewart and Dr Jack Cohen
Lise Meitner and the Discovery of Nuclear Fission
Professor Max Perutz FRS, Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1962
Antioxidants and Health
Professor Kay-Tee Khaw
Muscular Dystrophy
Prof. Kay Davies
The Secret Life of Crystals
Prof. Judith Howard
Public Perceptions of Risk
Prof. Jaqueline McGlade
Chemicals and Consciousness
Prof. Susan Greenfield
What to Ask an Alien
Dr. Adrian McKemmy
Garden Party!

1996–1997

The Possibility of Life on Other Planets
Dr Jack Cohen
What Will The World Do Tomorrow
Professor Julian Hunt FRS, Chief Executive of The Met Office
Prediction and Prejudice
Dr Peter Lipton, Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge
New Genetics; Old Problems
Professor Peter Goodfellow
Murder, Mystery and Forensic Science
John Broad
Can Bugs Build a Bicycle? Bioengineered Materials
Dr Christopher Viney
The Chemistry of Wine
Dr Richard A Y Jones
Science and The Star of Bethlehem
Professor Colin Humpfreys, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge
Nitric Oxide – From Atmospheric Pollutant to Biological Mediator
Professor Salvador Moncada FRCP, FRS
Hot Stuff and Large Eruptions: Volcanoes
Professor Herbert Huppert, Department of Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge
Titan: A Space Oddity – The Cassini Mission to Saturn and Titan
Dr John Zarnecki
Is Dowsing Research an Oxymoron
Guy Hudson, Scientific Advisor to the British Society of Dowsers
Where is The Mind? Not in The Brain
Professor Daniel Dennett, Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, Massachusetts
A Little Light Relief
Professor David Phillips, Imperial College, London
Cosmology: From Speculation to Science
Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal
March of the Machines
Professor Kevin Warwick, Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading

1995–1996

Tools for Living
Professor Heinz Wolff
Can Machines Think
Professor Igor Aleksander, Imperial College, London
Space, Black Holes and Concrete Blocks
Professor Antony Hewish. Received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1974 for the discovery of pulsars
The Origins of Life in the Future
Dr. Graham Cairns-Smith
Christmas Dinner
with Nobel laureates Professor Max Perutz and Dr. César Milstein
Science: The Eight Deadly Sin?
Debate featuring
  • Rt Revd Tom Butler, Bishop of Leicester
  • Professor Lewis Wolpert, Professor of Biology, University College London
  • Revd Dr Fraser Watts, Cambridge Lectureship in Natural Theology
  • Dr Peter Atkins, Department of Chemistry, Oxford University
  • Dr Donald Laming, Psychology Faculty, Cambridge University
The Magic of Soap Bubbles
Dr Cyril Isenberg, University of Kent
Hypnotism
Paul McKenna
Are You Your IQ
Chris Brand, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh
1st Founders’ Dinner

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