The Future of Nanotechnology

London Futurists
London Futurists
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Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

We'll be in room 153, which is on the first floor

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Nanotechnology is the deliberate systematic mechanical manipulation of matter at the nanoscale, that is, at dimensions of around one to a hundred nanometres. Rapid improvements in nanotechnology increasingly allow control of the very building blocks of life, including proteins and DNA.

Nanotechnology is revolutionizing medicine in ways that will have profound effects on our health and longevity: nanoscale machines that can target individual cancer cells and deliver drugs more effectively; nanoantibiotics that can fight resistant bacteria; the engineering of tissues and organs for research, drug discovery, and transplantation.

This event features Sonia Contera, one of the leading researchers in nanotechnology. Sonia heads the Contera Lab in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford, and is the author of the new book "Nano Comes to Life: How Nanotechnology Is Transforming Medicine and the Future of Biology". In this event, Sonia will be giving her insider's perspective on this new frontier, revealing how nanotechnology enables a new kind of multidisciplinary science that is poised to give us control over our own biology, our health, and our lives.

== About the speaker ==

Sonia Contera is Associate Professor of Biological Physics at Oxford Physics Department. She is also the proud (and busy) mother of two little children.

Sonia was the founder, director and co-director of the Oxford Martin Institute of Nanoscience for Medicine at the Oxford Martin School, which operated from 2007 to 2015. She is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, and was a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnology from[masked]. She is also a member of the Physical Sciences Strategy Advisory Team of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of the UK.

Sonia was elected Chair of Scanning Probe Microscopy section of the Royal Microscopical Society in 2017. From 2018 she is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Science and Innovation to the Andalusian Government (Spain).

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== Selected praise for "Nano comes to life"


"Your body is built and maintained by molecular nanomachines, and the future of medicine will depend on our ability to work in the nanoscale realm. 'Nano Comes to Life' tells the story of progress and the path forward. The prospects are amazing." - K. Eric Drexler.

== Meeting logistics ==

2pm-4pm, Sat 7th December 2019.

Venue: Room 153, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room 153 is on the 1st floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Meeting Place bar in the Royal National Hotel (, 38-51 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG.

== Wifi access ==

Wireless network: BBK-Guest
Username: LondonFuturists
Password: NQy5Ef

(The username and password are case sensitive. In practise, it seems this wifi system often needs 2-3 attempts to make a successful connection.)

== Event hashtag ==


== Covering meeting costs ==

A small fee (£8) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.

(NB you don't need a PayPal account to use the PayPal interface.)

Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)

Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser in advance.