Inaugural Lecture Series

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences is running a series of Inaugural Lectures to showcase the leading scientists who are pushing the boundaries in their disciplines.

The event marks an individual’s promotion to Professor, but also provides a rare opportunity to hear first-hand about their research.

These events are open to the public, and free of charge. Please click on the below headings to learn more and register for the event.

Miss the lecture? Some of the lectures were recorded; follow the links to find out more.

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Fasten your seat belts ... or rather, why are there no seats belts on trains?

Date
24/10/2018
Location:
TBC
Description
Professor Jack will give his inaugural lecture on the 24 October. He will be speaking about his background in the rail industry and in particular his interest and responsibilities for research which led him to fronting up the GB rail industry's decision not to install seat belts on trains.
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Eyes for sore sites: a life of geophysics

Description
Feature article on the life and career of Nigel Cassidy, Professor of Geotechnical Infrastructure Engineering, who recently delivered his Inaugural Lecture, entitled 'Eyes for sore sites: a life of geophysics'
Date:
21/08/2018

Casting: art to aerospace

Description
Feature article on the life and research of Professor Nick Green, Director of the High Temperature Research Centre and Professor of Manufacturing Technology at the University of Birmingham, who recently gave his Inaugural Lecture, entitled 'Casting: art to aerospace'.
Date:
21/05/2018

To infinity and beyond

Description
Feature on the career of Professor Chris Good, Deputy Head of the School of Mathematics at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
27/03/2018

Quantum vortex matter: insights from computer algebra

Description
Feature article on Professor Nicola Wilkin, Director of Education at College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Professor of Physics at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
23/01/2018

A journey through the underworld

Description
The capacity audience at Professor David Chapman's Inaugural Lecture were treated to his dramatic tunnel collapse experiment, which saw a replica of the Big Ben clock tower sitting atop sand in a Perspex box dramatically cave in and shoot through the entrance when the tunnel face support was removed.
Date:
11/01/2018
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