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Tuesday 26th October 2021 How to use light to make aircraft lighter  A talk by Dr Christopher Holmes, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton. Next generation aircraft shall use more optical fibre technology in order to reduce an aircraft’s total weight. This weight saving shall make flight more efficient and so environmentally greener. This talk discusses the research being conducted at the University of Southampton including advances in new types of optical fibre for aerospace. https://youtu.be/-8-1ocjF8eo
Tuesday 2nd November 2021 6G Wireless: A New Strategic Direction

An interesting talk on 6G Wireless by Regius Professor Rahim Tafazolli FREng, Director of the 6GIC, University of Surrey. Now is the time to push forward the programme of research and development for the next generation of wireless: 6G, likely to be commercialised from 2030 and beyond. The University of Surrey vision for 6G redefines 'teleportation' as a new wireless paradigm combining:
• Utra-high resolution
• Immersive user experiences
• Integration of human senses and ambient data
• Fusion of the physical and virtual worlds
All supported by massive machine intelligence, and horizontally integrated networks. 6G must take a new direction, not only to meet new and ongoing market needs, but also to be economic viability.

Tuesday 7th December 2021

Advanced Manufacturing Techniques to accelerate Small Modular Reactor deployment  David Stoddart, of the Nuclear Advance Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), gave an overview of Small Modular Reactor developments and described some of the manufacturing innovations that are being explored to bring pressure vessel manufacturing down from two and a half years to under 12 months. https://youtu.be/gFzdLxuLbJo           
Tuesday 11th January 2022

Antennas in Laptops, Tablets and Foldable Devices

The antenna designs of our speaker, the lead antenna architect and Senior Director of Antenna Design for Microsoft in Seattle, USA, have been reproduced as more than 500 million antennas (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc.) in laptop computers, PlayStations and other computer accessories. He will provide us with insights on antenna design, constraints and solutions.

Tuesday 1st February

Once explorers, always explorers - ESA's space science and exploration missions

The European Space Agency's science and exploration missions have been much in the news in recent years, with exciting results from its Gaia Milky Way surveyor and other astronomical observatories, the decade-long adventure of the Rosetta comet-chasing spacecraft and its Philae lander, the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter at the Red Planet, and the launch of the international BepiColombo and Solar Orbiter missions to Mercury and the Sun, respectively. In this talk, I'll give you some insight into these missions and others in ESA's fleet, their challenges and scientific discoveries, and tell you what's coming next as we continue our exploration of the solar system and the wider Universe beyond. These include a new mission to Jupiter and new space telescopes spanning the electromagnetic spectrum, as well as preparations for humans to return to the Moon and travel beyond.

Tuesday 1st March

Soft Material Technologies for Bioinspired Robots

Nature, with its multitude of forms and species, is a great source of inspiration for engineering. The biological muscles in humans, bioluminescence in octopus and adhesive feet in lizards all provide insights into new technologies that can be created to enable a range of applications. Recent advances in soft active materials offer us the opportunity to develop technologies that enable us to replicate what we see in nature and unravel new applications. In this talk, Dr Godaba will discuss his experiences in developing and investigating fundamental soft material technologies such as dielectric elastomer artificial muscles, self-healing electroluminescent devices and controllable electroadhesion for application to robotics. Further, he will show recent work on applying soft robotic technologies to tackle outstanding challenges of manipulation and grasping in extreme environments.

Tuesday 5th April

Synchronous Condensers – Supporting the roadmap to 100% Renewables

Transmission systems are facing increased challenges from the rise of renewables and inverter-based generation on the Grid, coupled with a decline in inertia historically provided by large conventional power station generators. This presentation explains what Synchronous Condensers are and why, when and where they are needed to help the UK Grid.

Tuesday 19th April

Zero Carbon Council

This talk explores how Brighton and Hove is facing the challenges of building a convenient electric vehicle charging infrastructure for residents and visitors.

We look at the part this has to play in meeting our ambition of becoming net carbon neutral city by 2030.

Tuesday 10th May

An Appreciation of the Mars Landers

Successful Mars landings started with Viking 1 in 1976 and Viking 2 in 1977.
This talk is an appreciation of what is being achieved by the 5 Rovers now operational on Mars, and how it has been achieved. Published results so far and ‘mission simulation videos’ will be shown.
These Mars Landers really are a major success story and brilliant achievements.

Tuesday 24th May

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Your Building

The UK has ambitious targets to achieve net zero by 2050, but with an estimated 80% of buildings in 2050 already built achieving this task falls largely on retrofitting existing stock. Will there be unintended consequences, what is the embodied carbon cost and how long will this take to be paid back? Can we rely on technological innovation and the decarbonisation of the grid? These are questions that need answers, and in a changing landscape of policy and energy supply today’s answers might not be suitable tomorrow.