STEMMcell@Exeter Science Park
Discover the building blocks for success with fortnightly presentations from leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and academics at our centre of excellence for science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).
Speaker diary for Autumn / Winter 2017 (Further details to follow)
We are pleased to introduce:
Dr Steven Hepplestone – lecturer in the theory of quantum mechanics at the University of Exeter
27th September: Solving the world energy crisis with quantum mechanics
Dr Steven Hepplestone is a lecturer in the theory of quantum mechanics at the University of Exeter, where he completed his degree and PhD in heat flow and thermoelectrics in nanotechnology.
He has dedicated his life to the study and application of quantum mechanics to real world problems.
Dr Hepplestone will be discussing how quantum mechanics can contribute to solving the world’s energy crisis, whereby humans are fast using up the world’s fossil fuels, in its application to energy storage and conversion solutions.
His fascination with quantum physics took hold when he was an inquisitive child who wanted to know how things (everything) worked and grew when he heard about the concept of wave-particle duality as a teenager.
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.
The STEMM Cell presentations: Josie Gough, South West Regional Manager for Innovate UK and Andy Treen, Exeter Advisor for Knowledge Transfer Network, Wednesday, October 18th
The FAB Project – making Europe’s electricity grid fit for future generations
The STEMM Cell presentations: Chris Jenner, development manager for the FAB Project, Wednesday, November 8thChris 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.
Leadership without words: How the art of the conductor transfers to other walks of life…
The STEMM Cell presentations: Kenneth Woods, Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the English Symphony Orchestra, Wednesday, 15th November 2017
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.