The 2012 speaker is Professor Carol Robinson FRS, a distinguished British chemist whose research looks at the development of mass spectrometry as a tool used for investigating the structure and dynamics of protein complexes. She is also a mentor for women pursuing careers in science.
The Open University was a production partner on the hit series Frozen Planet. Here, Dr Mark Brandon of The Open University will talk about his work over the last four years getting the science behind the ice, penguins and bears into the front line of nature programming and science outreach.
Some of the most thrilling new discoveries have not come from excavations. Instead, they have just 'surfaced', appearing in museums, auction houses, or antique dealers' stock without any account of where in the world they were found. Explore what has been happening and why it matters to Dr Christopher Chippindale and Christos Tsirogiannis.
Despite the ever-growing demands of the public, policy-makers and the media, many scientists still find it difficult to successfully explain and publicise their activities or to understand and respond to people's hopes and concerns about their work. Dr David Bennett gives an insight into the key ingredients in successful science communication.
UPDATE: Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances The Observatory Pinafore has had to be cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience. The production company hope to stage The Observatory Pinafore later this year.
Why do we draw stars with five points? Why do we have blind spots? How can we depict dark matter? These will be among the questions addressed by an exciting panel of artists, visual scientists and astronomers in a debate about Art, Space and Perception.
In the centenary year of Alan Turing's birth, Simon Singh discusses the German
Enigma cipher machine and how it was cracked by Alan Turing and the other
codebreakers at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.