Speakers 2017/18

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2017-18 Season Speakers :

Brad Gross7th Dec. 2017 Brad Gross : Dumb down Science with an American!

Science Entertainer
Brads idea is to get ESAS to open up, loosen up and engage with even more people of all ages. He'll do it a bit like a quiz with silly prizes. Silly games, and no fun facts about the state of science in the UK and globally. He'll use a power point, props and American shenanigans.
Oh and we should add that he is also available for Science shows and parties etc via his Blast Science company (which 2016's won the Best Kids Birthday Party in the UK !). 

David Mannion4th Jan. 2018 Dr David Mannion : Astronomical Numbers

David Mannion has three degrees in Astronomy and has taught in Schools and Colleges for 28 years in the UK, Austria and Turkey. He has also been a tutor for the Open University in both Physics and Astronomy.

Dr. Mannion became a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1984 and was a member of its Education Committee 2005 - 2010.

He has run numerous Astronomy Clubs and was a founder member and a Vice President of the Association for Astronomy Education.

His other burning interest is weightlifting having once been a British Student Weightlifting and Powerlifting Champion in 1984. He is currently a National Referee for British Weightlifting and became a Masters Champion in the 94 kg class in 2007, 2010 and again in 2012.

He wishes to keep lifting weights and watching the stars for as long as possible. He has two videos on Galileo and Newton on YouTube (See The Heavens Above episode 1 and 2). His web site is http://WorldofAstronomy.org.uk/.

David Southwood1st Feb. 2018 David Southwood : Magnetic Field Instruments on the Cassini Huygens mission




Paul Fellows MA FRAS1st Mar. 2018 Paul Fellows MA FRAS : Fire & Ice Volcanoes in our Solar System



 

David Baker PhD BSc FBIS FRHS5th Apr. 2018 David Baker PhD BSc FBIS FRHS : Mars Explorations



 

David5th May. 2018 Alan Chapman, Nik Szymanek or Members Presentations : details to be confirmed closer to the time



 

Alan Chapman or Members Presentations7th Jun. 2018 Alan Chapman or Members Presentations : details to be confirmed closer to the time



 

Andy Burns7th Jul. 2018 Andy Burns : details to follow

 




Dave Eagle7th Sep. 2018 Dave Eagle : details to follow

 




Guy Hurst7th Oct. 2018 Guy Hurst : Comet Observing

 




Previously:

Alan Chapman or Members Presentations7th Nov. 2017 Richard Pearson : The Sun
So much is unknown about our nearest Star and Richard will show you its beginnings, life cycle, ending and its place in the Universe.

 

Caroline Beevis5th October 2017 Caroline Beevis - “Space Dogs, The True Story of Russia’s Canine Cosmonauts”

Space Dogs, The True Story of Russia’s Canine Cosmonauts’ tells the true story of all 48 dogs and the scientists who were given the task of sending an animal into Space in preparation for Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight. This presentation features rare images and footage leading up to and beyond Laika’s tragic flight of November 3rd 1957, and it includes artwork and music from around the globe that was inspired by Laika, making it an informative, sensitive presentation suitable for all ages.

A life-long stargazer, Caroline has been involved with the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester for fifteen years, is a member of Mid Kent Astronomical Society, and has given regular talks, workshops and astronomy evenings in schools around Kent and Sussex. She has had astro-images published, as well as being guest astronomer in The Namib Desert.

Melanie Davies7th Sept. 2017 Melanie Davies : The Cassini Mission

Melanie brought us up to date with the magnificently successful Cassini spacecraft mission to Saturn! With the end of the mission on the 15th Sept Melanie brought us up-to-date Cassini news and images/video including items only 3 days old.
If you wanted to see that Wave at Saturn image that Melanie spoke about in that full high resolution version you can find it at nasa.gov. To find out more about this mission go to https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov.  

William JoyceWe also had William Joyce present a fascinating talking on 'The Mystery of the Ice Volcanoes' in our second half. A comparison of the planet Earth volcanic systems against the rest of the solar system moons and planets with some surprising and unexplained findings.