All posts by Simon Perry

About Simon Perry

After cross-training as a journalist 10+ years ago, Simon has been living and breathing news ever since. He would love to see more of the beautiful Island he lives on, but spends far too much time relaying the news of the Isle of Wight to the Islanders.

Dr Pamela Gill on Palaeontology

Monday 13th March starting at 7.0 pm.

Dr Pamela Gill, Research Associate in the School of Earth Sciences at Bristol University will be talking about the Technology that has transformed the study of palaeontology.

“Using new technology to shine light on the lives of the first mammals.”

The earliest mammals lived 200 million years ago, and co-existed with the dinosaurs through the Mesozoic. Although their fossil bones and teeth have been known since the 19th century, exciting new technologies such as synchrotron CT scanning now offer the chance to find out much more about their lives.

Come along to see how we can work out such things as what they ate, how long they lived and if they were warm blooded.

The 100,000 Genome Project

Monday 16th January 2017 starting at 7.0 pm.

Dr. Frank Ratcliff and Dr. Catherine Mercer of Genomics England, a company wholly owned and funded by the Department of Health, will be talking about the 100,000 Genome Project.

The 100,000 Genomes Project will sequence 100,000 genomes from around 70,000 people.

Participants are NHS patients with a rare disease, plus their families, and patients with cancer. Significantly, this is currently the largest national sequencing project of its kind in the world.

The aim is to create a new Genomic Medicine service for the NHS, transforming the way people are cared for. As a result of the project, genetic diagnoses will be made for some patients where this hadn’t previously been possible. In time, there is also the potential for new and more effective treatments for diseases with a genetic basis.

The project will also enable new medical research. Combining genomic sequence data with medical records is a ground-breaking resource. Researchers will study how best to use genomics in healthcare and how best to interpret the data to help patients. Using the 100,000 Genomes Project as a foundation, the aim is also to realise the potential of the UK genomics industry. This talk will explore the project, and ask the question; “Would you have your genome sequenced?”

Dr. Jon Whitehurst: Bats, Maths and Maps

Monday 14th November starting at 7.0 pm.

Dr. Jon Whitehurst will be talking about ‘Bats, Maths and Maps’.

He will explain how ecology today is a cross discipline subject using his work on bat monitoring as an example.

Here is some information that Jon has supplied about himself and the talk:

What do bats, maths and maps have in common with systems engineering you ask yourself? The answer in this case lies in developing repeatable methodologies for the accurate prediction of bat habitat suitability using non-invasive survey methods.

The intent of this lecture is to show the extent to which cross discipline working is exploited within modern day ecology and to demonstrate that the ecology research in the 21st century is not just about fieldwork, recording and subjective assessment.

The specific example presented is bat habitat suitability modelling and the lecture will cover the end-to-end process of mapping predictive bat habitat use and describe the contributions to this process from across a wide range of scientific disciplines that enable field observations and digitised habitat features into fully quantifiable predictions of bat habitat use.

Lecturer Background
Dr Jon Whitehurst is a chartered engineer by profession and fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, working in the area of complex system architecting and implementation onto naval ships by day.

He is the Operations Officer for the Isle of Wight Bat Group and architect of “The Parkhurst Forest Bat Project” and the currently running “Isle of Wight Bat Project”, and has lectured at national level on the topics of bat habitat suitability modelling and acoustic woodland bat survey methods, and also worked with Leeds University on computer recognition of bat echolocation calls in support of the DEFRA woodland bat survey protocols programme.