4 things we learned at the Discovery Series event

What do space, sport and dinosaurs have in common? They all represent cutting-edge areas of University research and we showcased each of them at our recent Discovery Series event. Here are the photos from the evening.

Over 100 alumni and friends gathered at The Royal Society in London on 2 November to hear about our incredible research first hand from Bath academics.

We came away with plenty of mind-blowing facts, which you can absorb by listening to our podcast.

Here are four things we learned at the event:

1. If dinosaurs didn’t go extinct, humans wouldn’t exist

Resident paleontologist Dr Nick Longrich talked about the mass extinction event and the extraordinary dinosaur species he’s discovered so far. Nick brought a selection of fossils along for guests to examine, including the jaw of a giant marine lizard and a tiny tooth from a T-rex hatchling!

2. Ripples in the fabric of space-time sound a bit like a heart beat

Our Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy, Carole Mundell, gave us a whirlwind tour of black holes –regions in space where the pulling force of gravity is so strong, even light can’t escape. Carole showed us a video of a star being pulled around one of these mysterious objects, and let us listen to the sounds of the universe.

3. Our research is making rugby safer

Professor Keith Stokes, Head of our Department for Health, revealed how we’re tackling rugby related injuries with science. Take the ‘Crouch, Bind, Set’ technique they helped to develop, which was rolled out internationally in 2013, or the new pre-match exercise programme that’s now being adopted by hundreds of youth coaches and teams across the UK.

4. It’s a great opportunity to network 

Once the presentations ended, guests had the chance to get to know one another – as well as our academics – over drinks and canapés. It was the perfect opportunity to ask any burning questions sparked by the talks, and get hands-on with the research.

Our host Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, said on the night: “Our research is important to us and the world, and it’s really important that you understand what we’re doing and that you have an opportunity to interact with our researchers.

“Our successes are due in no small part to the wonderful support we receive from alumni and friends.”

We’d like to thank everyone who came along to the Discovery Series. We hope to see you at another event soon!


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