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Event ID:  22055
Contact Name:  The Open University
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Contact Phone:  0035316785399
Organization:  The Open University
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Dates:  8th October 2018 to 8th October 2018
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Type:  Public
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Country:  Ireland
State/Province:  County Offaly
City:  Birr
Event Name:  ‘Down to Earth: From sniffing comets and Mars to submarines, cancer, bed bugs, whiskey and more….’
Event Description:  Event: World Space Week event hosted by The Open University in association with Birr Castle Science Centre Date: Monday 08 October 2018 Times: 12:40 to 13:40 and 19:00-20:00 Venue: Birr Theatre & Arts Centre Oxmantown Mall Birr Co Offaly R42 X407 Directions: BOOK FREE TICKETS HERE: Event Description: To celebrate World Space Week join The Open University in association with Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre for a free and fun talk by Dr Geraint Morgan, of The Open University entitled ‘Down to Earth: From sniffing comets and Mars to submarines, cancer, bed bugs, whiskey and more….’ ‘Down to Earth: From sniffing comets and Mars to submarines, cancer, bed bugs, whiskey and more….’ The talk, which will be presented at 12:40 and again at 19:00, will focus on The Open University’s involvement in the Rosetta project. The Rosetta spacecraft was launched by The European Space Agency in 2004 and arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014. It was the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet, escort it as it orbited the Sun, and deploy a lander (Philae) to the surface of a comet. Dr Geraint Morgan was part of The Open University’s team that developed the Ptolemy instrument on board the Philae Lander which analysed material released from the comet during the Lander's descent and rebounds. Dr Morgan will discuss how the expertise of The Open University team that developed the Ptolemy instrument was harnessed to also develop bespoke solutions for terrestrial challenges. During the talk, Dr Morgan will show a video of the Rosetta comet landing and have "smelly" post cards to hand out. He will talk about his related work on prostate and bladder cancer using machine learning. He will conclude by providing several examples of where machine learning might be useful in the future, including some large global healthcare and commercial applications, such as sniffing bed bugs in hotels or testing the authenticity of whiskey. Dr. Geraint Morgan Dr. Geraint Morgan FRAS MRSC is a Research Fellow at The Open University. His work involves the translation of space know-how to terrestrial challenges. The first half of his career was spent working with Professor Colin Pillinger and Professor Ian Wright developing instruments for the Rosetta and Beagle2 space missions and was part of the team that successfully landed and analysed the chemical composition of the comet. Dr Morgan was academic consultant for Brian Cox’s 21st Century Race for Space, an Open University/BBC Co-production exploring how billionaires such as Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic), Elon Musk (SpaceX) and Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin) are changing access to space. Dr Morgan has established several dozen new strategic partnerships with commercial companies, resulting in a portfolio of world-leading analytical equipment that fully automates sample preparation and data acquisition. He is also director of four start-up companies.
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