Join Dr Tristram Wyatt to discover how animal behaviour has evolved and how we can understand animal societies better. From molecular tools to developments in computing, new technologies have caused a revolution in the study of animal behaviour, allowing us to investigate in ways never previously possible. Tristram Wyatt is a senior research associate at the Zoology Department, University of Oxford and an emeritus fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. The second edition of his book Pheromones and Animal Behavior won the Royal Society of Biology’s prize for the Best Postgraduate Textbook in 2014 and his TED talk on human pheromones has been viewed over a million times. His latest book is Animal behaviour: A Very Short Introduction, published by OUP in 2017.
Listen the three PhD students discussing their cutting edge research!
A Star in a box – making energy out of seawater – Thomas Nicholas
Ulysees in cyberspace: how to build minimally distracting technology – Ulrik Lyings
Teaching robots to talk – Daniela Massiceti
Since 1920, when Arthur Eddington first proposed that it was nuclear fusion powering the stars, we have come a long way on the road towards harnessing its potential here on Earth. Replicating conditions similar to those in the core of the Sun is not mean feet, but it’s something that scientists and engineers at Culham now do routinely – in particular on JET, the world’s largest fusion machine.
Come along to hear about the work happening at Culham, and how this fits into the global roadmap to commercial fusion power.
Join us to hear Dr Miguel Farias discussing the science and beliefs about meditation, two years after his book “The Buddha pill” (2015) stimulated a public debate.
Sophie is also this year’s Royal Institution Christmas lecturer, don’t miss her shows on BBC4!
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