Bath and the Nile Explorers

150 years ago, Nile explorers John Hanning Speke and Richard Francis Burton attended a meeting of British Association of the Advancement of Science at the former Mineral Water Hospital in Bath.
Today’s event commemorates this meeting and their ‘Nile Duel’ which never happened. It will be held in the same place as the original meeting.
13.00 Reception & Exhibition
14.00 -14.45 Keynote address ‘The BAAS meeting in Bath 1864 & the Nile Explorers’ (Tom Mayberry, Museum of Somerset)
15.00 Peter Speke talks about JH Speke’s West Country roots
15.30 – 16.00 ‘Any Questions’ panel. Panel Members: David Baker, Alexander Maitland, Tom Mayberry, Peter Speke

In the evening there is a lecture at BRLSI – The Nile Today. 

The Nile Today

 2nd BRLSI Adventure Lecture ‘The Nile Today’
19.30 ‘The Nile Today’ Speaker: Neil McGrigor, co-leader of the 2005-6 ‘Ascend the Nile’ expedition (Doors open 19.00)
Tickets will be available from Bath Box Office nearer the time. See

Science Cafe: Why do giraffes have short necks?

Mike TaylorSpeaker: Mike Taylor; University of Bristol Earth Sciences. 

The necks of sauropod dinosaurs were by far the longest in history, exceeding 15m. By contrast, the neck of the giraffe, the longest of any animal alive today, reaches only 2.4m. 

Mike will be looking at aspects of the anatomy of really big animals, including dinosaurs and modern mammals, to see how dinosaur evolution found solutions to problems that stymied it in the mammalian world.

Science Cafe at Halo: Paleo-detectives

pancostSpeaker: Professor Richard Pancost, Professor of Biogeochemistry at Bristol University.

Richard uses the latest chemical techniques to analyse organic matter in natural materials.  They allow him to discover facts about past climates, microbial adaptation to the environment and biogeochemical processes. He will be describing his work as a ‘paleo-detective.

Richard will also describe his role as Director of the Cabot Institute, which explores fundamental, applied and multidisciplinary approaches to understanding, adapting to and governing with environmental uncertainty.