Connect Harwell: Virtual Tour of MRC Harwell Institute

8th June 2021 14:00

During this collaborative session, Dr Sara Wells, Mary Lyon Centre (MLC) Director and members of the team from MRC Harwell Institute (MRC) will take us on a virtual tour of the building and facilities whilst sharing details of key projects and news.

Through virtual tours and presentations, we will be introduced to the Mary Lyon facility and training centre, Advance at MRC Harwell, followed by an overview of the National Mouse Genetics Network by Owen Sansom, Network Director.

The MRC Harwell Institute is at the international forefront of the study of mammalian models of disease. Most human diseases have a significant genetic component. Many variants in our DNA predispose us to disease, yet our knowledge of these changes in our DNA and how they cause disease is limited. MRC use animal models to study and understand the genes that underlie diseases, from diabetes, to dementia, to deafness.

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UK Catalysis Hub Data Management Virtual Workshop

10 – 11 June 2021

The UK Catalysis Hub and the Scientific Computing Department of the Science and Technology Facilities Council invite you to participate in the [virtual] workshop on research data management for Catalysis Science which we are organising. The analysis of the UK Catalysis Hub publications and their associated data objects found that the rate of the publications that include some form of data has increased. However, the types of data published varies considerably and alignment to FAIR data principles is in very early stages. This workshop aims at presenting the specific steps which researchers at every stage in their careers can take to address the challenges and opportunities for scientific data management (e.g. preservation, curation, publishing, and reuse).

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Multi-Scale Imaging and Image-Based Modelling of Heterogeneous Materials: Lessons Learnt and Future Directions – Speakers:  Dr Lin Ma & Dr Igor Chernyavsky

Tuesday 6th July 2021, 11.00 BST

Many materials are heterogeneous. Examples include natural rocks, manufacturing materials and biological tissues. This Ideas Forum workshop aims to bring together participants interested in characterising complex heterogeneous materials via a combination of multi-scale imaging and image-based modelling.

The first part of the event will host two introductory talks by Dr Lin Ma (CEAS) and Dr Igor Chernyavsky (Maths). The second part of the workshop will consist of 2-minute pitches from the participants. The pitches will be followed by a group discussion.  Dr Lin Ma will talk about multi-scale characterisation of porous rocks and dynamic imaging of their reactions under complex subsurface conditions. The talk will outline how advanced imaging techniques can be utilised to characterise multi-physics and multi-phase storage and transport processes in coarse- and fine-grain sediments and minerals. A combination of X-ray computed tomography (CT), focused ion beam (FIB) and TEM tomography span characteristic lengthscales of up to six orders of magnitude (nm to mm), allowing to reconstruct large pore networks for shales/mudstones. The evolution of rocks under realistic high-temperature and pressure reactive subsurface conditions could be captured with state-of-the-art in-situ chemical, mechanical and flow imaging techniques, covering the range from milliseconds to weeks. This detailed spatio-temporal characterisation of subsurface contributes to future renewable energy storage and many other applications.  Dr Igor Chernyavsky will present image-based modelling of complex biological tissues, exemplified by the human placenta. This talk will summarise recent progress in massively multi-scale 3D microscopy  (covering the range of µm to cm) and its assimilation into mathematical models. The models explore a relationship between tissue structure and function, quantify the associated uncertainty and demonstrate universality of upscaled approximations for a wide class of solutes and transport regimes. The developed methodology is also applicable to multi-scale characterisation of solute exchange in other complex microvascular systems.

To take part in the session, please submit a title of your pitch at the registration by Wednesday 23rd June. If selected, you will be invited to submit a slide by 2nd July.

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How to build a Resilient World Post-Pandemic  Speaker: Prof Neil Bourne

Tuesday 6th July 2021, 13:00 BST

Hosted by The University of Manchester Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation Webinar Series

COVID-19 has presented the most challenging healthcare and societal challenge in living memory.  The pandemic has coincided with extreme environmental change leading to wild-fires, flooding and marine extinctions. There have even been concurrent, man-made disasters such as the explosion that devastated Beirut. Yet we can now detect the critical seeds from which such catastrophes result.  This webinar will discuss how to then reengineer resilient systems using digitally-designed, manufactured and maintained structures capable of surviving the most extreme environments.  We shall discuss particularly how users can access new national platforms and exascale computing to drive design and engineer a secure and resilient world.

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UK Catalysis Hub Virtual Summer Conference 2021

20 – 22 July 2021

The UK Catalysis Hub Summer Conference 2021 will be held on 20th & 21st of July 2021 with a full day EDI event on the 22nd July. The conference will now be virtual due to the COVID situation in Europe and university travel bans.

Talks will be starting at lunchtime on the 20th July and continue on the 21st July until lunchtime with the EDI event on the 22nd July.

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UK Catalysis Hub EDI Event: Catalysis in a diverse world

When: 22 July 2021

On the 22nd of July 2021 the UK Catalysis Hub will host a full day virtual EDI event around the topics of diversity in scientific research.

Hear how people from diverse backgrounds have progressed their careers in catalysis. Speakers will be covering a mixture of their research and career progression and experiences working in science. We are hoping listening to scientists talk about their inspiring research and experiences will help support the professional growth of all scientists and people in underrepresented groups in their careers.

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