A monthly digest of upcoming events in our region that local residents may find interesting, and of which they may otherwise be unaware. If you know of any others worth including, please send details to the site’s Admin.
Wednesday 12 October Winchester – Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series
The Origins of Thermonuclear Supernovae by Dr Michael Childress is a lecturer in the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton. He obtained his PhD from the University of California Berkeley, studying “Host Galaxies of Type Ia Supernovae from the Nearby Supernova Factory” under supervision of Dr Greg Aldering and Professor Saul Perlmutter. After his he moved halfway across the globe to work with Professor Brian Schmidt on the SkyMapper Transients survey in Australia. His research interests range from the smaller scale life of stars to the grand scale of cosmic expansion and dark energy. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.
Wednesday 12 October Guildford – Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Farnborough & Guildford Lecture
Fusion Energy – can smaller be better? Colin Windsor from Tokamak energy. Tokamak Energy was originally established in 2009 to design and develop small Spherical Tokamaks and compact fusion reactors for a range of applications. Since 2012, the strategy has evolved to prioritise building a pilot plant to exceed fusion energy breakeven. Meet from 19:00 with lecture starting at 19:30. University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH. http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Thameswey/Farnborough—Guildford-Area/event-detail?id=12121
Thursday 20 October Salisbury – Museum of Army Flying Event
“Winkle – Life at Full Throttle” by Paul Beaver Autumn Series. Paul Beaver returns to the Museum of Army Flying with a brand new Autumn lecture series. As an aviation author, historian, commentator and pilot Paul is an expert in his field.
Captain Eric Brown, better known as Winkle – died in February. Winkle was the nation’s greatest pilot and the world’s most renowned test pilot. In a career of just 30 years, he flew 487 types, carried 2407 deck landings and 2721 catapult launches. He met most of the senior figures of the time and was there when history was being made. This is the story of the man rather than the machines he flew. Paul Beaver is his authorised biographer. Tickets are £10 each. Pre-Lecture Supper: Our Apache Café team will be serving supper at 6pm before each lecture which costs £7.50 per head. 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY.