STEMMcell@Exeter Science Park
Talks designed to inform, entertain and engage in these bitesize early evening sessions.
Our Autumn talks will cover the environment, revolutionary energy and engineering technology, leadership, innovation, productivity and early insights into local projects.
Whether the topics are of personal or professional interest we welcome you to come be part of the STEMM Cell network.
Speaker diary for Autumn / Winter 2017
We are pleased to introduce:
Josie Gough, Innovate UK and Andy Treen, Knowledge Transfer Networks
18th October: How can innovation, knowledge and collaboration boost business and grow the economy? Josie and Andy can tell you…The UK is world player when it comes to innovation, right? Wrong. Actually, the UK languishes somewhere mid-table. The UK is great at research but not so great at embedding innovation within industry and using this as a driver for growth.Innovation drives competitive advantage for businesses and boosts productivity growth in the economy as a whole, so everyone’s a winner.Josie will discuss Innovate UK’s role in this landscape including the importance of collaborative working and the effort to drive forward science and technology innovations that will ultimately grow the UK economy and boost business.The Network’s power to transform businesses through the application of emerging research and knowledge, is Andy’s area of expertise, and will form part of his horizon expanding discussion.
Daniel Honey, Director of HoneyBe Creative and Digital
25th October: Good design + simple technology = better productivityDaniel Honey, self-declared “tech geek” and founder of creative and marketing agency HoneyBe Creative, is fascinated by the evolution of technology to do “all these wacky and wonderful things”.This fascination extends to how well-designed online information sharing systems can make for a more effortless experience for a workforce, therefore boosting business productivity.Daniel, who has 15 years’ experience in the design and marketing industry, will share his enthusiasm for good UX (user experience design) and explain how refined information sharing communications systems will boost productivity in the workplace (while making for a less frazzled workforce).
Imogen Napper, Marine Biologist and microbeads researcher
1st November: Plastic Fantastic? How research into surprising sources of plastic pollution contributed to a government ban on microbeadsImogen was at the helm of a research project that influenced government legislation banning microbeads (tiny pieces of plastic) from various hygiene products, including facial scrubs and toothpaste, so they can no longer pollute the world’s oceans and be swallowed by wildlife.Currently working towards her PhD on ‘the sources and fate of plastic pollution in the marine environment' at the University of Plymouth, Imogen was the first person to identify how much we could be polluting the environment from washing our clothes.Imogen will give an enlightening and topical talk focusing on her research into the common ways we are unwittingly contaminating our environment with plastic.
Chris Jenner, development manager for the FAB Project
8th November: The FAB Project – making Europe’s electricity grid fit for future generationsChris Jenner is the development manager for the FAB (France‐Alderney‐Britain) Link project.The groundbreaking engineering feat involves the construction of a 220km underground electricity cable from the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy, France to Budleigh Salterton, via the Channel Island of Alderney, with a nearby converter station near Exeter Airport.Chris will talk about the project’s significant benefits for UK electrical consumers as well as for local people in East Devon as well as give an insight into the technical design involved in the project.He will also explain how the project will enable the connection and integration of tidal generated energy planned for development in the waters around Alderney, which has the second largest tidal resource in North West Europe.
Kenneth Woods, Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the English Symphony Orchestra
15th November: Leadership without words: How the art of the conductor transfers to other walks of life…
Woods, who has derived worldwide acclaim for his work as a conductor, rock guitarist, cellist, author and classical music blogger, will illuminate the mysterious and often misunderstood art of the orchestral conductor as it pertains to other forms of leadership and communication.
What is conducting and why does it work? How important are the nonverbal aspects of conducting? Does it matter who a conductor is, or just what they do? And how do the leadership strategies of the conductor transfer to other walks of life?
Woods will answer these questions, and others, about music and conducting in a fun and fast-paced session full of music and humour.