Great Lives: Sir Mark Walport | 19th Oct

Recently appointed Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation, Sir Mark Walport has long been a champion for science, engineering and technology within his career including his role as Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Head of the Government Office for Science and Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.

Event Details: Thursday 19 October 2017, 11am for 11.30am lecture, Isaac Newton Lecture Theatre, University of Lincoln.

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Participants needed for exercise physiology research study

“We are looking for healthy, active, male participants (aged 18-50 years), to take part in an exercise physiology research study within the School of Sport & Exercise Science.”

This study will examine some of the ways that the cardiorespiratory and metabolic demands of submaximal and maximal treadmill exercise are currently determined, whilst providing you with information regarding your current fitness levels that may be beneficial to your training/exercise (i.e. maximum heart rate and aerobic capacity/fitness).

Involvement in the study will require just one visit to the Human Performance Centre laboratories between August and October to run on a treadmill across a range of intensities (i.e. gradually progressing from walking to maximum run speed) – with performance, physiological and psychological measures taken throughout. This will take between 60-75 minutes in total.

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The Newtonian Moment | Exploring Newton’s scientific legacy

Isaac Newton
‘The Newtonian Moment’ is a duo public lecture by Dr Fabien Paillusson, School of Mathematics and Physics, and Dr Anna Marie Roos, School of History and Heritage, University of Lincoln.  

Where: Isaac Newton Building Lecture Theatre, University of Lincoln

When: Wednesday 31st May, 6-7pm

The genius of Lincolnshire’s most famous scientific son will be the subject of a free public talk later this month, as the University of Lincoln opens the doors to its new £28 million Isaac Newton Building for the first time.

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Why genetic research must be more diverse

Ninety-six percent of genome studies are based on people of European descent. The rest of the world is virtually unrepresented — and this is dangerous, says geneticist and TED Fellow Keolu Fox, because we react to drugs differently based on our genetic makeup. Fox is working to democratise genome sequencing, specifically by advocating for indigenous populations to get involved in research, with the goal of eliminating health disparities. “The research community needs to immerse itself in indigenous culture,” he says, “or die trying.”

Find out more by watching the informative video below:

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Leading nanoscientist joins Physics team at Lincoln

Nano Science
A leading nanoscientist, whose pioneering work has major implications in a range of industries from dentistry to engineering, has joined the University of Lincoln as Deputy Head for the School of Mathematics and Physics.

Professor Waqar AhmedProfessor Waqar Ahmed joins the team of leading international scientists at Lincoln, where he will continue his research while helping to oversee the activities of the growing School.

Professor Ahmed’s nanoscience research brings together a number of varied subject areas including physics, chemistry, biology and nanomedicine, and has applications in medicine, dentistry, engineering and renewable energy.

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Sun and memories help ants navigate backwards

Desert Ant

A scientific study shows that the navigational skills of ants are even more sophisticated than previously thought.

Desert ants rank among the best insect navigators in the world, and now a scientific study shows their navigational skills are even more sophisticated than previously thought.

Scientists have revealed how the insects – which walk backwards when carrying heavy loads of food – use the sun’s position and visual memories of their surroundings to guide them home.

Ants were known to use both processes but, until now, these were assumed to be two separate reflexes that required ants to be facing in their direction of travel. Instead, researchers have shown that ants walking backwards will occasionally look behind them to check their surroundings, and use this information to set a course relative to the sun’s position. In this way, the insects can maintain their course towards the nest regardless of which way they are facing, the team found.

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Last Chance to Register – The Art & Science of Critical Thinking


The Value and necessity of employing critical thinking skills has recently become the hot topic of conversation and rightly so. As a Philosophy graduate, I have a passion for developing rational thinking, logic and argument creation skills.

This workshop introduces participants to the core concepts and skills of critical thinking. We discuss the potential impact these skills can have on clarity of thinking, effectively communicating ideas, challenging others thinking, problem solving and decision making.

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