Category Archives: School of Science and Technology

Guest lecture: Endangered sea turtles

Submitted by Professor Jeff Ollerton

1024px-Green_Sea_Turtle_grazing_seagrassOn Thursday 17th March at 11:00 in NW205 there will be a guest lecture by Rowan Byrne, Senior Marine Environmental Scientist at the firm Mott MacDonald, entitled:

“Endangered Sea Turtles, Research, Biodiversity and Infrastructure Projects”.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about the kind of work these companies do and to ask questions about getting a career in conservation and environmental consultancy.

Photo credit: By P.Lindgren (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Transfer seminar “The Efficacy of Herbal Nutraceuticals in Improving Captive Animal Welfare”

You are invited to Lauren Samet’s transfer viva on Friday, 18th March at 9am (Moulton College, Main site, M11). The title is “The Efficacy of Herbal Nutraceuticals in Improving Captive Animal Welfare”.

All are welcome. If you are travelling from the University, email Lauren in advance so that she can book parking.


Science and Technology Research Conference – programme

Submitted by Professor Jeff Ollerton

The programme for this Wednesday’s Annual Science and Technology Research Conference has just been announced:

Time Name Area Title
1230 LUNCH
1300 Mu Mu Computing Towards immersive user experience: web-based media orchestration
1315 Ameer Al-Sadi Computing Management of Distributed Software-Defined Networks in Smart Cities
1330 Duncan McCollin Ecology Islands – natural laboratories for studying ecology
1345 Jeff Ollerton Ecology Extinctions of British pollinators and the role of large-scale agricultural changes
1400 Riyadh Abass Engineering Development of scheduling process for the M2M communications system in Smart Cities
1415 BREAK
1430 Joseph Maina Wastes Towards sustainable solid waste management in Kenya
1445 Lauren Samet Moulton – Animal Welfare The efficacy of herbal nutraceuticals in improving captive animal welfare.
1500 Douglas Mills Engineering Development of a hand held electrical device (the Procometer) to assess the protection afforded by an organic coating to a metal substrate in the field
1515 TianYang Lan Engineering Development of assessment method for conservation coatings applied to archaeological objects
1530 Oyin Olajubu Computing A textual language for requirement modelling
1545 BREAK
1600 Robin Crockett Maths/Physical Geography Patterns and trends in flows in the River Nene
1615 Zainab Al-Rubaye Computing The use of multivariable wireless sensor data to early detect lameness in sheep
1630 Melanie Limb Human Geography One in four
1645 Ian Livingstone Physical Geography Wind-blown sand in complex terrain: a case study from the Mojave Desert, California
1700 END

If you have not yet told that you are attending, please do so for catering purposes.  Thank you.

Transfer seminar “Human behaviour modelling”

On Friday, 26th February at 1 pm Mohamed Redha Sidoumou will be presenting his Transfer Seminar on “Human behaviour modelling” in Room NW101. Please come along and see what his research is all about.

CFP: School of Science & Technology Research Conference – 2nd March

Submitted by Professor Jeff Ollerton for the attention of researchers in the School of Science and Technology

Last term you should have received an Outlook Calendar invitation to the School of Science & Technology Research Conference taking place on Wednesday 2nd March (13:00 to 17:00) in Newton Grand Hall. This is an opportunity for us to showcase the breadth and depth of research going on across all areas of the School, from both early career researchers and more senior academics.

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Transfer Seminar – Sediment and Mitigation Actions for the River Rother

River_Rother_at_BodiamJennine Evans will be giving her PhD transfer presentation on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 in Newton 013 at 1 pm until at 2 pm. The Project is jointly funded by the South Downs National Park and the University of Northampton and supported by the Arun and Rother Rivers Trust. Read the rest of this entry

Engineering seminar:

Submitted by Professor Stefan Kaczmarczyk

Title: The influence of probe fill factor during boiler tube inspection using electro-magnetic non-destructive testing

Speaker: Dr Jonhson Angelo, Federal University of ABC, Brazil/ Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Northampton

Date: Monday 23rd November 2015
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Venue: NW101, Avenue Campus

The aim of this talk is to show the importance and influence of the probe fill factor during inspection of boiler tubes when using electromagnetic non-destructive testing techniques. This is demonstrated by the results of finite element (FE) modelling and simulation test.

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The Altmetric bookmarklet – a researcher view

“Academics seem to be obsessed with metrics of all kinds at the moment, and I’m certainly not immune to it as my recent post on the h-index demonstrated.  So I was intrigued by a new (at least to me) browser plug-in that gives you instant altmetrics such as number of times mentioned on Twitter, Facebook or on news outlets, or cited in blogs, policy documents, Wikipedia, etc. …”

Read more about his experience with the Altmetric bookmarklet in Professor Jeff Ollerton’s blog.

The 5th Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies, 23-24 September 2015

5thsymposiumThe University of Northampton School of Science and Technology and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Lifts Group present the 5th Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies, which will be held at Highgate House, Northampton, from 23rd to 24th September 2015. This annual Symposium brings together experts from the field of vertical transportation, offering an opportunity for speakers to present peer reviewed papers on the subject of their research. Speakers include industry experts, academics and post graduate students.

To book your place please go to the registration page.

This year’s Lift & Escalator Symposium is immediately preceded by the 5th Symposium of Mechanics of Slender Structures.

Mechanics of Slender Structures symposium and inaugural lecture by Nick Mellor

On 21-22 September 2015, the University of Northampton is holding the 5th Symposium on Mechanics of Slender Structures.  The Department of Engineering and Technology, University of Northampton, in collaboration with the Applied Mechanics Group of the Institute of Physics, is hosting the conference, which forms a continuation of a successful meeting series on the Mechanics of Slender Structures first held in Northampton in 2006, followed by Baltimore, USA, in 2008, San Sebastian, Spain in 2010 and in Harbin, China in 2013. See the conference website for more details and how to book.

Following the conference at 6pm on the 22nd September will be a public lecture “‘A career in lift engineering and other mishaps” by visiting fellow, Nick Mellor, in the Grand Hall, Newton Building, Avenue campus. Coffee & biscuits will be served on arrival at 5.30 pm and then following the lecture there will be an opportunity for networking and discussion over drinks & nibbles. For catering purposes, please advise Tina Ferris if you would like to attend the lecture (by Tuesday 15 September 2015).