Dr David Price, Public Engagement Officer, Diamond Light Source Ltd
Summary of presentation:
Dr David Price will talk about the science behind the bright light particle accelerator, and how it is keeping the UK at the forefront of scientific research and industrial applications including in:Biology and medicine: new research techniques will benefit the fight against illnesses such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and many cancers.
The physical and chemical sciences: engineers may soon be able to image their structure down to an atomic scale to understand how impurities and defects behave and can be controlled.
Environmental and earth sciences: researchers can identify organisms that target specific types of contaminant in the environment, potentially leading to identifying cheap and effective ways of cleaning polluted land.
Biography of speaker:
David has been working in the field of science for nearly 20 years and in science communication for over 10. He has a Phd in Nuclear Physics and a PGCE in secondary science (teacher training) and has found himself in a career that mixes these two fields. Previously he has worked at Thinktank science museum in Birmingham and was Events and Outreach manager for Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire. Currently he runs his own science communication company, Unravelling Science and as well as continuing to work for Diamond he also runs science workshops in schools and runs training courses at Universities.
Alison Roblin, Head of Procurement for Diamond will also speak to us about procurement’s role and challenges in this leading-edge research environment.