The series provides invited lectures from distinguished speakers in areas of engineering related to research within the School of Engineering. The lectures are intended to appeal to a diverse audience from the University and beyond and typically draw upon a current research topic to provide a wide-ranging introduction in a semi-popular style.
Lectures can be viewed by clicking here.
- 1st Lecture, Professor Peter Davies, University of Dundee. "What Lies Beneath?"
- 2nd lecture, Professor Henk Nijmeijer, Eindhoven University of Technology. "The Sympathy of Pendulum Clocks and Beyond"
- 3rd lecture, Professor Michael Thompson, University of Aberdeen. "From Instability to Chaos"
- 4th lecture, Professor Alain Goriely, University of Oxford. "The Mechanics of Handedness"
- 5th lecture, Professor Polina Bayvel, University College London. "Optical Fibre Networks - Unlimited Bandwidth or Optical Illusion?"
- 6th lecture, Professor Guy T. Houlsby, University of Oxford. "Tidal Power: Opportunities for the UK"
- 7th lecture, Professor Lynn Gladden, Cambridge University. "MRI from Medicine to Chemical Engineering"
- 8th lecture, Professor Sankaran Sundaresan, Princeton University. "Complex Patterns in Granular and Suspension Flows: Examples and Underlying Physics"
- 9th lecture, Professor Douglas Osheroff, Stanford University. "How Advances in Science are Made"
- 10th lecture, Professor Philip Nelson, University of Southampton. "Some New Approaches to Sound Production"
- 11th lecture, Professor Sir Michael Victor Berry. "Nature's Optics and our Understanding of Light"
- 12th lecture, Professor Norman Fleck FREng FRS, University of Cambridge. "The Invention of New Materials"
- 13th Lecture, Professor Colin McInnes, University of Glasgow, "Space resources: engineering beyond planetary boundaries"
The lecture series commemorates Prof. R. V. Jones, one of the University of Aberdeen’s most distinguished professors. He is best known for his work co-ordinating scientific intelligence during the second world war, working with radio navigation, early applications of radar, and interpretation of intelligence on flying bombs, rockets, and insight into a wide range of other physical and engineering problems. He held the Chair of Natural Philosophy from 1946 to 1981. He meticulously planned the new Natural Philosophy building, now the Fraser Noble Building that houses the School of Engineering. He devoted much of his career to scientific instrument design touching on was so successful that he was able to reach the limits of what is physically achievable through careful attention to good design principles and painstaking attention to detail, such as isolation from extraneous disturbances, appropriate choice of material and accurate construction. Like most pioneering technical developers, he did not follow the recipe books, but effectively wrote them himself. Throughout, he took a great interest in promoting public understanding of science, for twenty years he edited the Notes and Records of the Royal Society. He was renowned for his enthusiastic undergraduate lectures and lively scientific demonstrations.