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Meet the New Optimists – Peter Sadler on inorganic elements

When you’re reading a book like The New Optimists it’s always nice to put a face to a name. So at last week’s official launch event, at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, we grabbed a few contributors to the book and asked them what they’re optimistic about as well as what made them want to contribute to the book (aside from being cajoled into it by Kate, that is).

In this first part of the round-up, Professor Peter Sadler talks about inorganic elements and their possibilities.

Organising the launch of The New Optimists

I’ve spent a fair bit of today sorting out the arrangements for the book launch on http://newoptimists.eventbrite.com.

Many of the scientists there, plus Jenny Uglow and editor Keith Richards. The BBC’s David Shukman will speak (providing there isn’t another volcano suddenly erupting or a galaxy or two crashing into each other). I’ve also commissioned the Ben Markland Quartet with singer Sara Colman

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Booking via eventbrite for the launch

I’ve just set up and tested the booking system for the celebration dinner to launch The New Optimists on 14th September, the opening day of the 2010 British Science Festival — go to http://newoptimists.eventbrite.com and reserve your place!

This launch is a big celebration dinner, co-hosted with

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Q&A event at the Science Festival

Five scientists — computer scientist Russell Beale, biological chemist Tim Bugg, systems biologist Miriam Gifford, oncologist Paul Moss and neuroscientist Gina Rippon will be on the panel for the British Science Festival event at 1900 on 15th September for The New Optimists. (Room 549, Aston University Main Building, book here.)

Sue Beardsmore will be chairing the event, taking questions from the audience and others at Aston University, along with help from a twitterstream. Join in! (We haven’t managed to organise a webcast, alas!)

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