Category - Science

Ian Nabney – how can data help us feed ourselves better?

Ian Nabney Professor of Computer science at Aston University

One of the 10 scientists or policymakers in this room at The New Optimists first Forum on Food and Birmingham is Ian Nabney – he’s a specialist in using large datasets to tackle complex problems, including questions like obesity. In his opening thoughts he explains the link between data and finding sustainable ways to feed Birmingham through to 2050 and beyond…

One curious thought of my own – what if we made supermarkets share their data as a form of planning gain?

Ian Nabney – the future of food and opendata ? (mp3)

Birmingham Post Science blog round-up 27-09-2011

Want to know what the New Optimists have been blogging about recently over at the Birmingham Post Science blog? Here’s a quick recap of the interesting stuff you can find over there:

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Science Capital: Innovation Healthcare

We were excited to see two of the New Optimists at Science Capital’s Innovation Healthcare meeting on Wednesday. Charlie Craddock and Paul Moss were among the speakers at the event, which brings together the science community and businesses to identify investment opportunities and new developments.

There were some fascinating talks on a range of topics and activities, and you can read more about the evening Science Capital Press Release 260911.

You can see a video of Charlie Craddock above and the presentations made by each of the speakers can be found here:

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Kate Cooper interviewed by the wonderful Patrick Redmond

Last Sunday, I was interviewed by the wonderful Patrick Redmond of Birmingham Skeptics in the Pub.

It had taken me ages to write down why I’m doing what I’m doing so that it’d make sense, and then this wonderful man asks me a few questions on Skype and it all came tumbling out in minutes. And ‘cos Patrick is a really good interviewer, what came over somehow made the New Optimists the human thing it is as well as brill and important.

This morning, @SimonBrettell tweeted “On the way to work today I listened to @paddyrex on the @Brum_Skeptics podcast. Give it a try you might learn something”

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Experts & the public head to Aston University to take on ageing

Experts from around the UK are at Aston University today to exchange ideas as part of a one-day conference tackling ageing. The conference is organised by Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA), which is led by New Optimist Dr Roslyn Bill.

She says: “This showcase is about exchanging ideas, as well as looking for practical solutions to a major challenge for all of us. We hope those who attend will go away having been inspired after hearing about the huge amount of cutting edge research carried out here at Aston University.

At ARCHA, we’ve always said that we want our research to have real impact on the lives of older adults. We are keen for the public to come along to see what we are doing, and also so we can find out what matters to them. If we don’t know what affects their lives we can’t help them as well. We are looking for volunteers, and there will be opportunities to take part in our many research studies.”

As well as Roslyn, other New Optimists involved in leading this event include Helen Griffiths, Julia King, Peter Lambert, James Wolffsohn, Brian Tighe and Robert Berry.

You can read more about the event here. Look out for our interview with Roslyn Bill very soon.

Midlands universities leading the way in drug discovery

The latest Science Capital event is held this evening and sees ninety academic and business leaders heading to Birmingham to showcase investment opportunities and reflect on medical research successes in an effort to make them become clinical practice.

Universities in the West Midlands are at the heart of this, forging relationships with industry to develop improvements in patient care. This is the subject of Science Capital’s Innovative Healthcare Meeting at Hotel du Vin, which looks to explore scientific advances and how to make them a commercial reality.

Michael Overduin, CEO of Science Capital, is one of the New Optimists and the event will also be attended by his fellow New Optimists Paul Moss, head of the Cancer Research UK Centre at the University of Birmingham, and Charles Craddock, who is Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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Face to Face with the New Optimists: Lawrence Young talks about challenging cancer

Professor Lawrence Young, Head of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, is the latest in our Face to Face series of interviews with the New Optimists. He’s recently contributed to the Challenging Cancer Kindle book, and in the video above he talks to us about what he’s optimistic about.

He also touches on the work of the College, which areas of scientific research he’s most excited by at the moment, and the future developments that he believes could help us combat the scientific challenges we’re facing right now.

You can see more from our Face to Face series here or by visiting the New Optimists YouTube channel.

Birmingham Post Science Blog round-up 27-08-2011

The latest posts at the Birmingham Post Science Blog turned their attention to the desire for the cold hard facts of science. Or rather, why such a desire isn’t necessarily helpful. First of all, there was Jack Cohen‘s post about the Archaeopteryx and how its status as the ‘missing link’ between birds and reptiles has been refuted.

This presents a crucial if often misunderstood aspect of science – scientists’ views of the world change, based upon new evidence.  And this very point is followed up by Russell Beale, who blogs about the fluidity of scientific theory and the way that these theories are developed and refined over time. This also covers the value of change, and the potential problems that come with so many people’s desire (need?) for certainty.

You can read more from the New Optimists at the Birmingham Post Science Blog here.


Science online: What science blogs do you recommend?

Thanks to blogs, social networks, online news services and web-based publications, there are lots of different places you can get your information from or see which topics are being discussed at the moment.

What are your favourite science blogs and websites? Where do you look for information? Let us know what blogs you recommend and we’ll round up some of the most popular sources in a future blog post!

Birmingham Post Science Blog round-up 21-08-2011

Here’s a quick round-up of what’s been on the Birmingham Post Science blog recently, where some of the New Optimists are blogging about new developments and stories.

Head over to the blog to read more from the New Optimists.

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