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Surrey Network Study Day – Talks on Science – Andrew Hanson & Dr Kathryn Harkup

20 May @ 09:30 16:00

“Talks on Science” by Andrew Hanson and Dr Kathryn Harkup

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is involved in ensuring all manner of walks of life function smoothly through the use of the National Measurement System. Andrew will briefly discuss what he feels are the top ten strangest things NPL has been involved in, that he is allowed to talk about. Andrew will then talk on colour measurement. Colour informs, influences consumer choices, warns us and comforts us. How do we ascribe numbers to a human perception which is incredibly versatile and variable? The challenge is enormous and human colour perception science is still a lively topic today. Be warned! This talk will contain surprises.

Kathryn writes and gives regular public talks on the disgusting and dangerous side of science.

9.30 Registration

10.00 The Magic of Colour – The talk will contain surprises – there’s a lot more to colour than meets the eye.
11.00 Coffee / Tea
11.30 Electronic Music
– Park your prejudices and have fun listening to bizarre stories from its development.
12.30 Lunch – Bring-Your-Own – Tea / Coffee available
1.30 Poisons – Chemical methods of murder and how not to get away with it.
2.30 Tea / Coffee
3.00 Dying to be Beautiful – Killer cosmetics or the extraordinary things some people will do to
maintain the body beautiful.
4.00 Departure

Speakers – Andrew Hanson has been professionally measuring colour for 25 years; from evaluating the appearance of ornamental plants, to building the world’s first national standards telespectroradiometer to calibrate the colour of visual display units and a machine to measure the shininess of cats. He is currently Outreach Manager and Occasional Senior Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory, the UK’s National Measurement Institute and is past Chair of the Colour Group of Great Britain

Kathryn Harkup is a chemist and author. She completed a doctorate on her favourite chemicals, phosphines, and went on to further postdoctoral research before realising that talking, writing and demonstrating science appealed a bit more than hours slaving over a hot fume-hood. Kathryn’s first book was the international best-seller A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie, which was shortlisted for a Mystery Readers International Macavity Award and a BMA Book Award. She has also written Making the Monster: The Science of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts. Her most recent book, Vampirology: The Science of Horror’s Most Famous Fiend, was published June 2021.

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20 May
09:30 – 16:00
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Ian Funnell

The Menuhin Hall

Cobham Road, Stoke d'Abernon, Surrey KT11 3QQ, + Google Map