Events: 2012 Archive



  • Public event, Tuesday 10th January 2012 – 18:30 -19:30

    Social Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    10/01/2012 – 11/01/2012

    Downstairs in the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Get the low down on local opportunities. Bring a friend and have a good time with the the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Social Tech. Stay on for Reading Geek Night.



  • External event, Tuesday 10th January 2012 – 19:30 -22:00

    Reading Geek Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    10/01/2012 – 11/01/2012

    An eclectic evening of talks and conversation around technology, media, making, design and general geekery. Check out the rest of the programme for the night then pop in to the downstairs bar in the Copa bar, Reading.



  • Public event, Tuesday 17th January 2012 – 19:30 -21:00

    Developer-free Development at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    17/01/2012

    Robin Oldman will be looking in to how you can system develop, create specifications and eventually profit from a very different way of thinking about development. Taking an interesting story through the history of development, through first generation languages and user interfaces, Robin will highlight the fall of specification, the rise of Prince 2 project management and the ability to throw out the usual design, build and test stages for just one specification and delivery mechanism that reduces maintenance costs and provides a better, quicker and error-free development advantages. Will this put business information system developers out of work?? Come join us to find out!!



  • Public event, Tuesday 14th February 2012 – 18:30 -19:30

    Social Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    14/02/2012 – 15/02/2012

    Downstairs in the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Get the low down on local opportunities. Bring a friend and have a good time with the the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Social Tech. Stay on for Reading Geek Night.



  • External event, Tuesday 14th February 2012 – 19:30 -22:00

    Reading Geek Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    14/02/2012 – 15/02/2012

    An eclectic evening of talks and conversation around technology, media, making, design and general geekery. Check out the rest of the programme for the night then pop in to the downstairs bar in the Copa bar, Reading.



  • Public event, Tuesday 21st February 2012 – 19:30 -21:00

    PRINCE2®: Structured Common Sense – Making it Common Practice at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    21/02/2012

    Joint event with Thames Valley Branch, Association for Project Management
    PRINCE2® is often described as “just structured common sense” – but how do we take it out of the text book, and embed it as common practice in our organisations and our projects…?

    In this short talk, Dave Tyler will review some of the fundamental concepts of why & how PRINCE2® is recommended for use, and consider the PRINCE2 Principles in the context of “Real World Projects”

    “PRINCE2® is a registered trade mark of the Cabinet Office ”



  • Public event, Tuesday 13th March 2012 – 18:30 -19:30

    Social Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    13/03/2012 – 14/03/2012

    Downstairs in the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Get the low down on local opportunities. Bring a friend and have a good time with the the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Social Tech. Stay on for Reading Geek Night.



  • External event, Tuesday 13th March 2012 – 19:30 -22:00

    Reading Geek Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    13/03/2012 – 14/03/2012

    An eclectic evening of talks and conversation around technology, media, making, design and general geekery. Check out the rest of the programme for the night then pop in to the downstairs bar in the Copa bar, Reading.



  • Public event, Tuesday 20th March 2012 – 18:30 -20:30

    14 months of living with RepRap 3D printers at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    20/03/2012

    Malcolm Napier, who started life as an engineer but has spent the last 20 years in the world of IT, will be talking about his amazing experience of living in the fast paced, constantly changing and emerging market of 3D printers. He will be discussing the explosion of new designs that have occured in the last 6 months, his experience of running printers of all types and what the future holds for 3D printing. Did you know that there is a printer that can print in chocolate? Come along for an interesting talk and discussion on this exploding phenomenon.


  • Public event, Tuesday 10th April 2012 – 18:30 -19:30

    Social Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    10/04/2012 – 11/04/2012

    Downstairs in the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Get the low down on local opportunities. Bring a friend and have a good time with the the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Social Tech. Stay on for Reading Geek Night.



  • External event, Tuesday 10th April 2012 – 19:30 -22:00

    Reading Geek Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    10/04/2012 – 11/04/2012

    An eclectic evening of talks and conversation around technology, media, making, design and general geekery. Check out the rest of the programme for the night then pop in to the downstairs bar in the Copa bar, Reading.



  • External event, Wednesday 18th April 2012 – 19:00 -21:00

    The Great Personal Transport Debate – will my car cost the Earth? at
    Palmer Building University of Reading
    18/04/2012

    The IET have been holding an annual prestige event, joint with the IMechE and other partnering Institutions, since 2006. Past subjects include Geo-Engineering, Climate Change, Space Exploration, Energy but this year we focus on the future of private motoring. More information on the debate here



  • Member event, Tuesday 1st May 2012 – 19:30 -20:30

    Committee Meeting at Oracle at
    Oracle Customer Visit Centre
    01/05/2012

    Committee Meeting at the Oracle Visitor Centre, Reading. Attendance is by invitation only. If you want to attend a meeting then contact the chair.



  • Public event, Tuesday 8th May 2012 – 18:30 -19:30

    Social Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    08/05/2012 – 09/05/2012

    Downstairs in the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Get the low down on local opportunities. Bring a friend and have a good time with the the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Social Tech. Stay on for Reading Geek Night.



  • External event, Tuesday 8th May 2012 – 19:30 -22:00

    Reading Geek Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    08/05/2012

    An eclectic evening of talks and conversation around technology, media, making, design and general geekery. Check out the rest of the programme for the night then pop in to the downstairs bar in the Copa bar, Reading.



  • External event, Monday 14th May 2012 – 19:30 -20:30

    David Gregory – Chairman, Assured Food Standards and former Director of Technology, Marks & Spencer at
    Déjà vu Bar and Eatery
    14/05/2012

    Café Scientifique Reading – David Gregory – Chairman, Assured Food Standards and former Director of Technology, Marks & Spencer. Café Scientifique events are free, with no need to book, at the Déjà vu Bar and Eatery, 61 St. Mary’s Butts, Reading, RG1 2LG.



  • External event, Tuesday 15th May 2012 – 18:00 -20:00

    Is IT the right career for career minded women? at
    Reading Town Hall Waterhouse Chamber
    15/05/2012

    A panel of leading career women will discuss whether IT is the perfect career for career minded women.


  • Member event, Tuesday 5th June 2012 – 18:30 -20:30

    Committee Meeting at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    05/06/2012

    Starts at 18:30 for 19:30 Committee Meeting at the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Any BCS member is free to attend.


  • External event, Monday 11th June 2012 – 19:30 -20:30

    CERN and particle physics at
    Déjà vu Bar and Eatery
    11/06/2012

    Café Scientifique Reading – CERN and particle physics Professor Frank Close – Professor of Physics, University of Oxford. Café Scientifique events are free, with no need to book, at the Déjà vu Bar and Eatery, 61 St. Mary’s Butts, Reading, RG1 2LG.



  • External event, Tuesday 12th June 2012 – 16:30 -19:00

    Putting the Business into STEM Education at
    Thales UK Ltd, Reading
    12/06/2012

    Join us for a free twilight event to learn how to connect businesses with schools in order to engage students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).



  • Public event, Tuesday 12th June 2012 – 18:30 -19:30

    Social Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    12/06/2012 – 13/06/2012

    Downstairs in the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Get the low down on local opportunities. Bring a friend and have a good time with the the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Social Tech. Stay on for Reading Geek Night.



  • External event, Tuesday 12th June 2012 – 19:30 -22:00

    Reading Geek Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    12/06/2012 – 13/06/2012

    An eclectic evening of talks and conversation around technology, media, making, design and general geekery. Check out the rest of the programme for the night then pop in to the downstairs bar in the Copa bar, Reading.



  • Public event, Tuesday 19th June 2012 – 18:30 -20:30

    The Science of Videogames: Gamers or Guinea Pigs? at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    19/06/2012

    Born in the laboratory, videogames continue to display a keen interest in science – and not just through their evergreen love for sci-fi cliches.



  • External event, Monday 25th June 2012 – 19:00 -19:00

    Pythagorean Cabaret 2012 at
    Sports Hall Bracknell & Wokingham College
    25/06/2012

    Enjoy a science variety night which includes Neuroscientist and stand-up comedian Dean Burnett!

    This event is organised by the IET.

    £5 in advance or £6 on the night.

    Booking is essential.



  • Public event, Tuesday 3rd July 2012 – 09:30 -16:30

    Primary School CPD in Computing at
    School of Systems Engineering
    03/07/2012

    This free, one-day course is aimed at Primary School teachers and trainees. The theme of the day is physicallising computational thinking to make computing more concrete. Booking is essential.



  • Member event, Tuesday 3rd July 2012 – 19:30 -20:30

    Committee Meeting at Oracle at
    Oracle Customer Visit Centre
    03/07/2012

    Committee Meeting at the Oracle Visitor Centre, Reading. Attendance is by invitation only. If you want to attend a meeting then contact the chair.



  • External event, Monday 9th July 2012 – 19:30 -20:30

    Visual intelligence – the key to a secure society? at
    Déjà vu Bar and Eatery
    09/07/2012

    Café Scientifique Reading – Visual intelligence – the key to a secure society? Dr James Ferryman, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Reading. Café Scientifique events are free, with no need to book, at the Déjà vu Bar and Eatery, 61 St. Mary’s Butts, Reading, RG1 2LG.



  • Public event, Tuesday 10th July 2012 – 18:30 -19:30

    Social Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    10/07/2012 – 11/07/2012

    Downstairs in the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Get the low down on local opportunities. Bring a friend and have a good time with the the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Social Tech. Stay on for Reading Geek Night.



  • External event, Tuesday 10th July 2012 – 19:30 -22:00

    Reading Geek Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    10/07/2012 – 11/07/2012

    An eclectic evening of talks and conversation around technology, media, making, design and general geekery. Check out the rest of the programme for the night then pop in to the downstairs bar in the Copa bar, Reading.



  • Member event, Tuesday 7th August 2012 – 18:30 -20:30

    Committee Meeting at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    07/08/2012

    Starts at 18:30 for 19:30 Committee Meeting at the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Any BCS member is free to attend.



  • Public event, Tuesday 14th August 2012 – 18:30 -19:30

    Social Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    14/08/2012 – 15/08/2012

    Downstairs in the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Get the low down on local opportunities. Bring a friend and have a good time with the the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Social Tech. Stay on for Reading Geek Night.



  • External event, Tuesday 14th August 2012 – 19:30 -22:00

    Reading Geek Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    14/08/2012 – 15/08/2012

    An eclectic evening of talks and conversation around technology, media, making, design and general geekery. Check out the rest of the programme for the night then pop in to the downstairs bar in the Copa bar, Reading.



  • Public event, Tuesday 4th September 2012 – 19:15 -20:15

    CITP an Assessor’s View at
    St Joseph's Catholic College, Swindon
    04/09/2012

    This talk will take place in the VIth Form Common Room, St Joseph’s College, Swindon. The talk is designed to be of interest particularly to those thinking of applying for the award of Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status or who, at this stage, just want to find out more about this significant step forward on the professional ‘ladder’! The speaker, John Easton, is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Technology Officer for IBM Systems and Technology Group in the UK. This event is organised by the Wiltshire Branch. See their website for further details and a registration form.



  • Member event, Tuesday 4th September 2012 – 19:30 -20:30

    Committee Meeting at Oracle at
    Oracle Customer Visit Centre
    04/09/2012

    Committee Meeting at the Oracle Visitor Centre, Reading. Attendance is by invitation only. If you want to attend a meeting then contact the chair.



  • Public event, Tuesday 11th September 2012 – 18:30 -19:30

    Social Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    11/09/2012 – 12/09/2012

    Downstairs in the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Get the low down on local opportunities. Bring a friend and have a good time with the the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Social Tech. Stay on for Reading Geek Night.



  • External event, Tuesday 11th September 2012 – 19:30 -22:00

    Reading Geek Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    11/09/2012 – 12/09/2012

    An eclectic evening of talks and conversation around technology, media, making, design and general geekery. Check out the rest of the programme for the night then pop in to the downstairs bar in the Copa bar, Reading.



  • Member event, Wednesday 12th September 2012 – 19:30 -21:30

    Implementing social media and social media policy at Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action at
    BFVA
    12/09/2012

    Implementing social media and social media policy at Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action.



  • Public event, Sunday 16th September 2012 – 09:00 -16:00

    A trip to the National Computing Museum at
    Bletchley Park – National Codes Centre
    16/09/2012

    Hi All,

    Together with the BCS, Social Tech Group can now confirm the revised date for this meetup – on 16th September 2012.

    The even better news is that this trip will only cost you £16 to join us on a coach departing Reading at 9am, stopping off in Oxford and then on to Bletchley Park for 11am. We will then have until 4pm to view Bletchley Park and the National Computing Museum.

    Included in the price will be the coach trip, a tour of the museum and also coffee/tea/biscuits when we arrive. However, at this low price we cannot provide lunch, so please bring a packed lunch with you.

    More information and registration details can be found at http://www.meetup.com/socialtechgroup/events/34882652/

    Hope to see you there!



  • Public event, Wednesday 26th September 2012 – 16:30 -18:00

    Women in IT at
    Oracle Customer Visit Centre
    26/09/2012

    Gill Palmer and Gaye Hudson, both Vice Presidents of Oracle, will talk about careers for women in IT.
    The meeting is aimed at Secondary School pupils in the 6th form and University Students. Booking is essential.



  • Public event, Monday 1st October 2012 – 19:30 -20:30

    10 Great Things About Windows 8 at
    Mangal Restaurant
    01/10/2012

    This session is targeted at would-be Windows 8 developers and developers considering the platform. We’ll cover ten features of Windows 8 that make it a great platform for developers. Along the way we’ll look at the fundamentals of creating a Metro application and point out the key steps in moving from conception to delivery to marketplace.

    Speaker Bio
    Jesse Liberty is a Technical Evangelist for Telerik, focused on XAML/Windows 8. Liberty hosts the popular Yet Another Podcast (http://jesseliberty.com/podcast/) and he is the author of numerous best-selling books, including XAML For Win 8 : Read Me First, the forthcoming Windows 8 Programming with XAML and Programming C#. He was a Distinguished Software Engineer at AT&T; Software Architect for PBS and Vice President of Information Technology at Citibank, as well as being on the teaching staff at Brandeis University.



  • Member event, Tuesday 2nd October 2012 – 18:30 -20:30

    Committee Meeting at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    02/10/2012

    Starts at 18:30 for 19:30 Committee Meeting at the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Any BCS member is free to attend.



  • Public event, Tuesday 2nd October 2012 – 19:30 -20:30

    Annual General Meeting at the Copa Bar at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    02/10/2012

    Anyone is free to come along and hear how the committee organises events. Have your say and stand for election! If you want an official nomination then contact the chair, preferably at least one month in advance of the meeting.



  • External event, Friday 5th October 2012 – 18:00 -21:00

    Launch of Visual Studio 2012 @ Microsoft HQ, Reading at
    Microsoft HQ – Reading (Microsoft Campus)
    05/10/2012

    Join us at the Microsoft’s headquarters in Reading where we’ll be celebrating the launch of Visual Studio 2012. During the evening, you’ll learn what Visual Studio 2012 has to offer, and also find out what’s new. The guest speaker will be Shanku Niyogi from Microsoft. Shanku is actively involved in the development of Visual Studio. Pizza and refreshments will be provided free of charge during the evening. If you work with Microsoft .NET and Visual Studio, you won’t want to miss this event! Places are limited so make sure to sign up today!



  • Public event, Tuesday 9th October 2012 – 18:30 -19:30

    Social Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    09/10/2012 – 10/10/2012

    Downstairs in the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Get the low down on local opportunities. Bring a friend and have a good time with the the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Social Tech. Stay on for Reading Geek Night.



  • External event, Tuesday 9th October 2012 – 19:30 -22:00

    Reading Geek Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    09/10/2012 – 10/10/2012

    An eclectic evening of talks and conversation around technology, media, making, design and general geekery. Check out the rest of the programme for the night then pop in to the downstairs bar in the Copa bar, Reading.



  • Public event, Monday 29th October 2012 – 09:00 -17:00

    Project and System Level Requirements Specification at
    BCS London Office
    29/10/2012 – 30/10/2012

    How to communicate your organisation’s ‘real’ requirements, and your customer’s most critical improvement requirements, in an unambiguous, clear, measurable, and testable way. This free, two-day course is primarily intended for unemployed people and underemployed contractors, however, a few places are available for those in full employment who can demonstrate a particular interest in the topic. Further details about the course are available to download. To request a free place on the course email Soheir Ghallab saying (1) why you are interested, (2) what your employment status is, (3) and give the date of this free course.

    The course takes place at BCS, Southampton Street, near Covent Garden, London.



  • Public event, Tuesday 30th October 2012 – 18:30 -20:30

    Reading Girl Geek Dinners at
    Symantec (UK) Ltd., Green Park, Reading
    30/10/2012

    Reading Girl Geek Dinners are holding a free event, hosted by Symantec at their offices in Green Park, Reading. Maggie Philbin and Kate Russell (BBC Click) are coming along to talk to us about Teen Tech and careers in technology. The event will commence at 18:30 for registration with the talks beginning at 19:00. Booking is essential.

    Reading Girl Geek Dinners (RGGD) is an informal organization that promotes the presence of women in STEM careers. It has approximately 70 established chapters across 23 countries and it was founded in London in August 2005. The Reading chapter will also be celebrating our 4th birthday at the end of October.

    The chapters organize local events which we try to keep free to our guests via sponsorships, with a range of female and male presenters with largely female attendees. Men are also welcome but they must be guests of female attendees. This ensures that the women will never be outnumbered by the men at an event which is the reason that the Girl Geek Dinners began. A typical event will be an informal dinner (often held in a restaurant that accepts group events but it can also be a finger food buffet) followed by a presentation (sometimes more than one) by someone with a depth of knowledge and a passion for their chosen subject area in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).



  • Public event, Wednesday 31st October 2012 – 09:00 -17:00

    Architecture Engineering Tools, a quantified multidimensional approach to IT architecture and design at
    BCS London Office
    31/10/2012 – 01/11/2012

    Architecture Engineering Tools, a quantified multidimensional approach to IT architecture and design. This free, two-day course is primarily intended for unemployed people and underemployed contractors, however, a few places are available for those in full employment who can demonstrate a particular interest in the topic. Further details about the course are available on this blog.

    To request a free place on the course email Soheir Ghallab saying (1) why you are interested, (2) what your employment status is, (3) and give the date of this free course.

    The course takes place at BCS, Southampton Street, near Covent Garden, London.


  • Public event, Friday 2nd November 2012 – 09:00 -17:00

    Lean Software Inspection, Qc of all IT Specifications, measure to motivate at
    BCS London Office
    02/11/2012

    Lean Software Inspection, Qc of all IT Specifications, measure to motivate. This free, one-day course is primarily intended for unemployed people and underemployed contractors, however, a few places are available for those in full employment who can demonstrate a particular interest in the topic. Further details about the course are available to download.

    To request a free place on the course email Soheir Ghallab saying (1) why you are interested, (2) what your employment status is, (3) and give the date of this free course.

    The course takes place at BCS, Southampton Street, near Covent Garden, London.



  • Member event, Tuesday 6th November 2012 – 19:30 -20:30

    Committee Meeting at Oracle at
    Oracle Customer Visit Centre
    06/11/2012

    Committee Meeting at the Oracle Visitor Centre, Reading. Attendance is by invitation only. If you want to attend a meeting then contact the chair.



  • Public event, Friday 9th November 2012 – 09:00 -17:00

    Creative Ways to Introduce Computational Thinking: Integrating computer science with art at
    Institute of Education, University of Reading
    09/11/2012

    This one day event at Reading University will introduce primary and secondary school teachers and trainees to computer science, through the medium of art. The event is free and includes refreshments but booking is essential.



  • Public event, Tuesday 13th November 2012 – 18:30 -19:30

    Social Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    13/11/2012 – 14/11/2012

    Downstairs in the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Get the low down on local opportunities. Bring a friend and have a good time with the the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Social Tech. Stay on for Reading Geek Night.



  • External event, Tuesday 13th November 2012 – 19:30 -22:00

    Reading Geek Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    13/11/2012 – 14/11/2012

    An eclectic evening of talks and conversation around technology, media, making, design and general geekery. Check out the rest of the programme for the night then pop in to the downstairs bar in the Copa bar, Reading.



  • Public event, Tuesday 27th November 2012 – 18:30 -19:30

    CV Clinic – A CV review workshop at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    27/11/2012

    Want an experienced eye to look over your CV?

    The BCS Berkshire Committee has arranged for a few friendly professionals to help with advice on getting the best out of your skills and experience.



  • Member event, Tuesday 4th December 2012 – 18:30 -20:30

    Committee Meeting at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    04/12/2012

    Starts at 18:30 for 19:30 Committee Meeting at the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Any BCS member is free to attend.



  • External event, Tuesday 11th December 2012 – 18:00 -20:00

    What's happening to the car industry? Driving Jaguar Land Rover Growth with CAE and HPC at
    BCS London Office
    11/12/2012

    Jaguar Land Rover design, engineer and manufacture luxury sports saloons, sports cars and premium 4x4s in the UK, which sell in 177 countries. The complexity, timescale and cost associated with automotive engineering and safety testing demands an advanced IT environment.

    This presentation provides an overview of the development and deployment of a state-of-the-art Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and High Performance Computing (HPC) IT ecosystem that underpins JLRs move from physical to virtual car product development, reducing the time to market, engineering costs and environmental impact of the product life cycle.

    Speaker: Andy Searle

    Andy Searle holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Diploma in Management Studies. He is a strategic technical leader and subject matter expert with 25 years of experience in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and High Performance Computing (HPC) with 22 years experience working for Jaguar, Land Rover and Ford in CAE and HPC virtual simulation.

    Andy is responsible for the JLR IT technical strategy and architecture for the CAE and HPC ecosystem including HPC clusters, high performance and scalable storage, submission and scheduling, engineering workstations, applications, tools and licences for virtual simulation for the JLR Product Development vehicle programmes and cycle plan.

    Members and non-members are welcome. Book via our website www.proms-g.bcs.org.

    Don’t forget – a buffet and festive drinks will be provided after the presentation – an ideal networking opportunity for you an your colleagues.

    Organisers:

    Jonathan Byron and Dharam Panesar,

    Joint Publicity Officers,

    PROMS-G
    Project Management Specialist Group
    BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
    promsg.publicity@bcs.org | http://www.bcs.org

    For more information email the organisers



  • Public event, Tuesday 11th December 2012 – 18:30 -19:30

    Social Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    11/12/2012 – 12/12/2012

    Downstairs in the Outlook bar, Reading (formerly Copa). Get the low down on local opportunities. Bring a friend and have a good time with the the Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Social Tech. Stay on for Reading Geek Night.



  • External event, Tuesday 11th December 2012 – 19:30 -22:00

    Reading Geek Night at
    The Outlook (formerly Copa)
    11/12/2012 – 12/12/2012

    An eclectic evening of talks and conversation around technology, media, making, design and general geekery. Check out the rest of the programme for the night then pop in to the downstairs bar in the Copa bar, Reading.



  • External event, Thursday 13th December 2012 – 19:00 -21:00

    The IET Berkshire Christmas Lecture 2012 – 'To Space, Infinity and Beyond!' at
    University of Reading
    13/12/2012

    The exploration of space is a challenging and exciting area of engineering, requiring the development of cutting edge technologies capable of surviving the extreme conditions of getting to and operating in space. Traditionally, exploration missions have been limited to nationally funded development programmes. Furthermore, the probes, capsules and robots are typically highly constrained in their respective capabilities. However, this is no longer necessarily the case, as the accelerating advances in electronics and development paradigms have changed our approach to space exploration.

    We will look primarily at two fantastic successes seen in 2012. Firstly, the landing of the robotic rover, Curiosity, on the martian surface, which will not only provide unprecedented levels of exploration capability, but also set new standards for the delivery of payloads to the martian surface. Secondly, the SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon resupply missions to the International Space Station have demonstrated the ability of a commercial company to not only develop a capable and semi-reusable launch vehicle system, but also at a fraction of the cost of current systems.

    This presentation will consider these examples and the current state of the art in both human and robotic exploration of space, how we have arrived at this stage of development and discuss what the future holds for such missions.

    Registration is required for this event.

    More information on this lecture can be found on the IET website

    Speaker

    Christopher Brunskill