NRN-LCEE public lectures

Please see below details for 2 upcoming NRN-LCEE public lectures at Cardiff and Bangor Universities. All welcome.

‘Evolution of the body snatchers: the secret lives of parasites’

Professor Robert Poulin

University of Otago, New Zealand

Date, Time & Location:

Wednesday 4 April

Location: Cardiff University Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3AT

17.00:             Free drinks reception, VJ Gallery, Cardiff
                        University Main Building
18:00-19:00: Public lecture, Wallace Lecture Theatre
                        (0.13), Cardiff University Main Building

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In this lecture, Professor Robert Poulin will give unique insights and share some fascinating examples of the amazing diversity and bizarre lives of parasites.
The mere mention of the word ‘parasite’ is enough to fill the average person with contempt and disgust. Even professional biologists think little of parasites; they are widely seen as degenerate organisms running counter to progressive evolution. Yet parasites are capable of amazing things, and the lives they spend in the nooks and crannies of their hosts are as full and complex as those of any other organism. Many parasites can take control of how their host behaves, turning the host into a puppet and making it do strange things for the parasites’ own benefit.

Robert will take us on a tour of the world of parasites, debunk several myths about them, and promote a greater appreciation of their unique biology.



‘Assessing coastal environmental risk and damage to infrastructure’

Professor Malcolm L. Spaulding

Professor Emeritus Ocean Engineering
University of Rhode Island, USA

Date, Time & Location:

Wednesday 25 April

Location: Bangor University, Thoday Building, Deiniol Road, LL57 2UW

17.00:             Free drinks reception, Thoday Building Foyer

17.30-18.30: Public Lecture, Gareth Edwards-Jones lecture
                        Theatre (G23)

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In this lecture, Professor Malcolm Spaulding will provide an overview of global efforts to address one of the key challenges facing coastal planning and management: how to objectively quantify and assess the risks of storm surge faced by coastal infrastructure within the context of sea-level rise and eroding shorelines. Using examples applied to communities directly exposed to open ocean waves, and communities on sheltered shores, Professor Spaulding will explain how new mapping and modelling tools can support coastal communities to understand the risks they are facing, what damage may result under a range of future climate scenarios, and how ocean engineering science can help minimise these risks. 

Anyone with an interest in coastal engineering or flood risk should find this talk interesting.



These lectures are part of the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment (NRN-LCEE) public lecture series.

NRN-LCEE public lectures are free to attend and open to the public. There is no need to book a seat. 

Publication date: 23 March 2018