Care Sector Events


Living to the limits; ageing well

Pickavance Lecture Theatre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus , Diamond Light Source , Didcot

15:00pm - 17:00pm

Professor Neil Bourne – The University of Manchester at Harwell Colloquium, Pickavance Lecture Theatre, RAL

“Living to the limits; ageing well.”

The third lecture in this series of colloquia from The University of Manchester at Harwell (UoMaH) will be presented by Professor Neil Bourne, Director of UoMaH. The lecture will be followed by a buffet to promote further discussion and meet the UoMaH team.

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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.

Event schedule

15:00-16:00 Professor Neil Bourne's lecture

16:00-16:20 Questions from the audience

16:20-17:00 Buffet and drinks while networking and posters from the University of Manchester at Harwell (R.22 coffee lounge).