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34th EMESP Prestige Lecture 2021: Jodrell Bank: Icon of British Engineering, online

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  • 09 November 2021
  • 19:00 - 21:00
34th EMESP Prestige Lecture 2021: Jodrell Bank: Icon of British Engineering, online

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This year’s The East Midlands Engineering and Science Professionals (EMESP) Prestige Lecture will explore the development of Jodrell Bank, from its early days, through the building of the Lovell Telescope, to the present day.

Presented by Professor Teresa Anderson, MBE, Jodrell Bank is perhaps best known for its Grade 1 listed Lovell Telescope, which is, paradoxically, both a Grade 1 listed structure and a world-leading scientific instrument. The Telescope is a landmark in the North West region and an icon of UK science and engineering.

This talk will explore the development of the science and engineering at Jodrell Bank, from its early days, through the building of the Lovell Telescope, to the present day. It will describe the unique elements that, in the words of UNESCO, give the site ‘Outstanding Universal Value’ and justified its inscription, in 2019, as a World Heritage Site.

In recent years, Jodrell Bank has become the home of the HQ of the global ‘Square Kilometre Array’ project; has set up the ground-breaking ‘bluedot’ festival of science, arts and culture; and is working towards the opening of the new First Light Pavilion in 2022.

It will also provide an introduction to the engineering that underpins every aspect of the site’s heritage, its current operation and its future aspirations.

Image: Lovell Telescope © Anthony Holloway

Speakers

Professor Teresa Anderson MBE

teresa anderson mbe

Teresa is Founder and Director of The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. She achieved her first degree in Physics at Manchester, a Masters in Instrumentation from UMIST and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.

After working in Energy and Development for many years, she has moved into working in Science Policy and Engagement.

The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre welcomes over 185,000 visitors per year, including around 27,000 school visitors. Since opening in 2011, it has launched internationally-renowned education programmes and now takes a leading role in national education programmes in astronomy and space science.

The centre has built a strong reputation for taking innovative approaches to increasing diversity and engaging new audiences with science. These include events such as ‘Girls Night Out’, which encourage women and girls to engage with science and engineering in a ‘female-friendly’ environment.

Teresa was also co-founder of the award winning ‘bluedot’ festival of science, music, culture and the arts, which the Centre hosts. The festival began in 2016 and now welcomes circa 30,000 attendees to Jodrell Bank each July.

Teresa also co-prepared and delivered the Nomination of Jodrell Bank Observatory for UNESCO World Heritage Site status, a process that took almost 10 years. UNESCO inscribed Jodrell Bank Observatory on the World Heritage List in July 2019.

In 2013, Teresa was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Astrophysics. In 2014 she was jointly awarded (with Professor Tim O’Brien) the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal for Public Engagement with Physics.

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United Kingdom

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