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Medway Talks is a free open lecture series run by the University of Greenwich, University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.

About this event

What is Medway Talks?

Medway Talks is a new open lecture series run by our academic staff at the Universities at Medway – University of Greenwich, University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church at Medway. There will be 6 talks in total, running from October 2022 until May 2023.

Who can attend?

The talks are open to everyone in the local community, including students and staff at the Universities at Medway. Talks will be free of charge to attend, but registration is required.

What’s on offer?

Talks will run from 6pm until 7pm with refreshments available on arrival.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday 26 October 2022: Professor Alex Stevens (University of Kent) – Drugs: what are the problems and how can we solve them?

Professor Alex Stevens has worked on issues of drugs, crime and public health in the voluntary sector, as an academic researcher and as an adviser to the UK government. His talk will focus on the reduction of drug-related deaths and crime, reflecting on the possibilities opened up by the new drug strategy to make progress on these harms.

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Wednesday 23 November 2022: Professor Gurprit Lall (University of Kent) – Sleep and our Biological Clock

Professor Gurprit Lall is a neuroscientist based at the University of Kent, Medway School of Pharmacy specialising in mammalian circadian rhythms. In this talk he will discuss how ageing effects the brain’s circadian clock and its impact on our day-to-day routines. We will look at how the clock synchronises our bodily functions, from hormonal fluctuations through to sleeping patterns and why disruption of such rhythms can have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing.

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Wednesday 25 January 2023: Dr Noel-Ann Bradshaw (University of Greenwich)- An evening with Florence Nightingale: find out how she used data to save lives

DrNoel-Ann Bradshaw is the Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Greenwich. In this talk, Nightingale herself will show how her understanding and management of data influenced policy makers, in the British Army and Government, during and after the Crimean war. Her methods resulted in improved conditions for both soldiers and the working classes, and are as relevant in today’s data-focussed society as they were in Victorian Britain.

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Wednesday 22 February 2023: Dr Neil Saunders (University of Greenwich) – Mathematics, Memetics and Artificial Intelligence: An exploration through performance.

Dr Neil Saunders is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences and works in the field of algebra, specifically group theory and geometric representation theory.

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