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Find out about exciting research taking place at the University in these short videos

Thursday 6th Aug 2020, 10.00am

Understanding COVID-19 transmission, informing control

Tackling a previously unseen pathogen - like the one that causes COVID-19 - is like piecing together a puzzle. There are many different parameters to investigate before the pathogen can be fully understood, and before effective control measures can be put in place.

Thursday 14th May 2020, 10.00am

Changing plant chloroplasts to improve crop performance

Chloroplasts are tiny protein-filled units within plant cells. As well as being responsible for photosynthesis, they are critical to a plant's ability to respond to its environment (for example, to the intensity of light or the threat of disease). They do this by importing the proteins they need...

Thursday 20th Feb 2020, 10.00am

Mechanobiology: the stress of life

We often think of our bodies in terms of cells and genes, but we shouldn’t forget that they’re also complex mechanical structures. From an Achilles tendon – that can carry half the weight of a Mini – to our constantly pulsing blood vessels, they’re feats of meticulous engineering.

Tuesday 11th Feb 2020, 09.00am

Using your science to understand volcanic eruptions

Volcanoes are present across the Earth, from the barren wastes of Antarctica to densely populated regions in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and are both spectacular and deadly. But what makes a volcano erupt, and how...

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Explore The Big Questions with experts from around the University

How do we measure pain?
Wednesday 15th Jul 2020, 12.30pm

How do you measure pain?

We all feel pain differently. What to one person may be the worst pain in the world, might be a mild irritation to another person; but why? At the moment, we don’t have a thorough understanding of how pain is processed, meaning it is difficult to devise treatments for chronic (long-term...

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Wednesday 1st Jul 2020, 12.30pm

How are we using energy in lockdown?

Things have changed a lot over the past few months – including, for many of us, our daily routine. But how has this impacted our energy usage?