Colloquium: Living to the limits; ageing well
The University of Manchester at Harwell Director, Professor Neil Bourne, presented on 'Living to the limits; ageing well', at the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. (A link to the video recording of this presentation will be available soon on this site.)
Living to the limits; ageing well. The term exposome (development of the genome) is used in occupational health to define the state of an individual after experiencing all the exposures in a lifetime and how those exposures then relate to health. I will talk about constructing an exposome for the materials from which we build components. From these we can better construct structures for extreme environments and so ensure the health of the inanimate world around us.
People and structures live life to full; sometimes dangerously. Yet over time, some lose strength and the ability to respond to changing environments. The genome and the blueprint supply structures and systems that fulfil a purpose, however neither fully account for the effects of different stresses and environments on their development. Those we build and use are composed of specified components containing a range of materials that we hope will do a job. Yet while we worry about growing old, we rarely consider matter or structures evolving in time and in changing environments, and this can sometimes lead to nasty surprises as they fail under load. I suggest we not only need a new way of thinking about matter across thermodynamic space, but also in the way we organise science to design and care for structures to ensure their resilience from cradle to grave.
This lecture was followed by a buffet to promote further discussion and meet the The University of Manchester at Harwell team.
- 15:00-16:00: Professor Neil Bourne: 'The exposome of structures'.
- 16:00-16:20: Questions from the audience
- 16:20-17:00: Buffet and drinks while networking / posters from the The University of Manchester at Harwell - R-22 Coffee Lounge
Professor Neil Bourne
Role: Director, University of Manchester at Harwell
Organisation: The University of Manchester
Travel and Contact Information
Pickavance Lecture Theatre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus
Diamond Light Source