21 - Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies: where are we in the paradigm shift? Gail Chatziyakoumis - 1 session from 10.00 to 12.00 on Tuesday 5 March
We start with a short recap of the previous talk; reviewing ”What is a blockchain?” then we dig a little deeper into where and how blockchain technologies are being used and who is using them. We will learn about Smart contracts, Decentralized Autonomous Organisations and some of the projects already up and challenging the status quo. Course notes available here.
24 - Carbon Emissions and Energy - Facts and Ideology Christian Fletcher - 1 session from 10.00 to 11.45 on Tuesday 12 March
This session examines the Greenhouse Effect causing Climate Change. Fossil fuel sources of energy are compared with renewable sources with respect to cost and ease of application. Retirement of Coal Fired Power as well as high electricity prices are also considered.
50 - Lunarticks Mark II Ilse Hempenstall - Monthly sessions from 2.00 to 3.30 on Thursdays 28 February, 28 March, 2 May, 6 June
We will be discussing how Technological and Medical innovations are impacting our society. How do we keep pace with what is actually happening around us. Is the media a help or a hindrance to our understanding? There will be presentations and stimulus material.
54 - Metal, Glass and Mathematics Dr Anthony Ash - 3 sessions from 10.00 to 12.00 on Thursdays 2 May to 16 May
Throughout history, Engineering (in its widest sense) and Mathematics are two enablers which brought us to our modern technological world. At times engineering efforts precede mathematical competence, sometimes with disastrous results. At other times mathematical techniques came first and had to wait for an engineering application to rescue. Starting from the ancient Greeks let me show you some of that synergy throughout history. As usual, nothing scary: like logarithms or plane geometry. No prior knowledge required.
66 – What happens in a pathology laboratory to specimens to understand health and disease Dr Peter Ward – 1 session from 10.00 to 12.00 on Friday 17 May
Pathology laboratories are setup to understand and improve health and disease. This talk outlines how the laboratories function, the processes of quality assurance and responses to critical values of test results and the main disciplines: Anatomical Pathology, Biochemistry, Haematology, and Microbiology. Automation in both process and delta checking are improving reliability and accuracy. Accreditation bodies and Quality Assurance systems play a major role in ensuring optimisation of laboratory performance. Examples will be discussed of the process and outcomes of selected critical tests focusing on Microbiology.
68 – Climate Change – knowns, unknowns and uncertainty Prof Christian Jakob – 1 session from 10.00 to 12.00 on Thursday 20 June
Climate change will affect all of us in the years to come. This presentation by Prof Jakob, from the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University, reviews the science that underpins our confidence in the existence of climate change while at the same time explaining the sources of uncertainty in predicting the details of future climates at local and regional level. By juxtaposing knowns, unknowns and uncertainties, we aim to shed light on potential causes for the existence of perceived controversies, as they play out regularly in political fora and in the media.