Monday, 13 October 2014

CERN Particle Accelerator Director launches Storey Public Lecture Series, Thursday

Prof Steve Myers OBE
(Image:Anna Pantelia/CERN)
This Thursday 16 October at the Storey in Lancaster, Professor Steve Myers OBE will join Professor Malcolm Joyce, of Lancaster University, to examine the world’s use of particle accelerators. Prof Myers was Director of Accelerators at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) until January 2014 when he was made Head of CERN's newly established Office of Medical Applications.

The lecture, which starts at 6pm, is entitled From Fleming to the Higgs Boson and launches a series of Public Lectures which are part of Lancaster University’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The lectures are free but places are limited by space so please book at

Prof Myers will talk about the dawn of this technology, influenced by Lancaster-born electronics pioneer John Ambrose Fleming, through to its use in finding the Higgs Boson in which experts at Lancaster University have a special interest.

'Saving the NHS - Research into Practice' is the subject of the lecture to be presented in Lecture Theatre 1 at the Lancaster University Management School on campus, by Professor Mike West on October 22.
He will describe how research is changing practice in the NHS, striving for a focus on continually improving, high quality and compassionate care right across the country.

Among the topics touched on in the lecture are NHS values, board functioning, staff engagement, people management, patient satisfaction, team working and leadership. The lecture will also examine key steps needed for the NHS to be saved for future generations.

On Thursday 6 November Professor Robin Grimes, the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will give a lecture at the Storey on developments in the nuclear industry and how both national and international investments will affect the North West, titled ‘What new nuclear build means to the North West’.

And on November 27 the Public Lecture held in the Shire Hall of Lancaster Castle will be an exploration of the testimonies of the women accused of witchcraft in 1612 as recorded by Thomas Potts. ‘Beyond the Lancashire Witches: Writing and Freedom’ starts with a dramatisation of the women’s testimonies filmed in the Witches’ Tower where they were imprisoned.

Illustrated with live readings by current and former members of the Department of English and Creative Writing, and dramatisations from the key prison sites across the Castle, the talk will compare texts from the seventeenth century, through to contemporary writings within and inspired by the prison and Lancaster Castle.

Lectures are held either on Lancaster University Campus or in Lancaster City Centre. All begin at 6pm. For more information and to book a place, please go to or call 01524 592.

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