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UCL academics presenting at British Science Festival

5 September 2017

A number of UCL academics will be delivering presentations at the British Science Festival taking place in Brighton this week.

Exploding battery

Professor Anna David (UCL Institute of Women's Health) will present on research she has been carrying out with colleagues at QMUL, which has found a way to potentially reduce preterm births and prevent early deaths of young babies worldwide through the use of new bioengineering strategies. This new approach may also help to prevent life-long medical conditions and disabilities associated with preterm birth.

Dr Gavin Hesketh (UCL Physics & Astronomy) will present, 'The Particle Zoo: news from the subatomic world,' an update on the latest from the Large Hadron Collider. This study of subatomic particles is enabling researchers to gain more knowledge about the universe, what is made of, how it behaves, and possibly, where it came from.

Dr Antonia Hamilton (UCL Cognitive Neuroscience) will take part in the talk, 'What is Consciousness,' which will explore new research which is allowing a deeper understanding of these central aspects of our humanity and experiences of ourselves.

Dr Paul Shearing (UCL Chemical Engineering) will present, 'When batteries go bang,' a talk on the safety issues around lithium-ion batteries, their recent high-profile failures in phones and aircraft, and the latest breakthroughs in battery technology.

Dr Farlan Veraitch (UCL Biochemical Engineering) will present, 'Treating leukaemia: the cell therapy revolution,' which focuses on how the fusion of different disciplines has underpinned the advancement of the field and how this is impacting treatments for disease

The British Science Festival takes place from 5 - 9 September, and is co-hosted by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. It is Europe's longest standing science festival, and aims to connect people with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists.



  • A lithium-ion battery, Cell 2, is subjected to heat abuse. This causes the cap of the battery to blow off, followed by its structural destabilisation. Credit: Shearing et al., Nature Communications