Fourth Lunchtime Rendezvous of the Seniors Group in Aberdeen

The fourth Lunchtime Rendezvous at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum on Friday 28 October 2011 had a record attendance of 23 Members and Guests in the newly refurbished Education Room.

Seniors event
Lunchtime at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum

The lecture 'At Sea with the Atlantic Salmon' was given by Dr Richard Shelton, formerly Head of the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory, Pitlochry, and Director of the Atlantic Salmon Trust. Dr Shelton gave an interesting account of recent multi-disciplinary research involving a wide range of techniques used to monitor the movement of salmon. 

Recording the location of salmon in the sea is a very challenging task as they travel individually rather than in shoals. This research is clearly important in order to try to find an explanation for the recent large decrease in the number of wild salmon. An informative video showed the international nature of this work, including the inspection of a Russian fishing factory ship by a Scottish Fisheries Protection Vessel.

Dr Ben Marsden, Senior Lecturer in the History of Science and Technology and Director of the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Aberdeen, presented the lecture 'Forging a Scientific Life: the ‘Engineering Science’ of W. J. M. Rankine (1820-72) Revisited'. 

This lecture involved an examination of the personal interactions of Rankine with those in a position to aid him in his quest to establish the role of “scientific engineer”. Several of his less well known scientific achievements were described. Rankine was both well known and well respected by the people of Glasgow because of his writings and public performances.

A brief visit to the exhibits in the Museum was then followed by a four course seated lunch with fine wines and waitress service.

The next Lunchtime Rendezvous in Glasgow is to be on Tuesday 24 January 2012 from 10am to 3pm in the Melville Room, Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow.

Full details, including booking forms, menus and prices will be published under the Seniors’ Section heading on the IOPS website and will also be sent by e-mail to all Senior Members who have an e-mail address and by mail to those without an e-mail address in the Glasgow area.

Suggestions for lecture topics and speakers for the Lunchtime Rendezvous of the Seniors Group are always welcome.

For further information, please contact

Dr John Higinbotham, CPhys, FInstP, FAIP
Seniors Group Coordinator
The Institute of Physics in Scotland

12 (1F2) Bruntsfield Gardens
EH10 4EA