Paola Palma will be talking about “Shipworms, shipwrecks and global ‘worming'” on Tuesday 24 February in Dylan’s bar at 5:30pm.
Join us for a fascinating insight into maritime archaeology and find out how we can save historical shipwrecks from being eaten by shipworms.
The talk lasts just 20 minutes and is followed by a short Q&A. To find out more or get to involved check out the Talk BU pages.
Please note this talk will be filmed and made available online.
BU’s Paola Palma will be introducing us to a world of shipwrecks and shipworms at the next Talk BU Live event on Tuesday 24 February. Join us in Dylan’s Bar at 5:30pm for a fascinating insight into maritime archaeology and the secrets beneath the sea.
About the talk
Marine borers, particularly shipworms – destroyers of timber par excellence – have been a well-known threat to sailors since ancient times. They attacked the wooden hulls of ships with such intensity that the weakened planks broke up even with mild impact such as hitting a rock or a floating object, causing tragic ship-wrecks. Even the survival of sunken ships as historic wrecks depends on the mercy of wood-destroying organisms, which may turn these “port-holes” to history into meaningless junk.
Recent research along the English coast has shown evidence of a shipworm which is typical of much warmer waters. But what exactly are these sea-dwelling critters? Why are they so far north? And what can we do to stop them destroying our maritime history?
About Talk BU Live
Talk BU Live is a once monthly on-campus event designed to get people talking and thinking. Talks are no more than 20 minutes long with a short Q&A at the end and are open to all students and staff at BU.
You can get involved by tweeting #TalkBU or find out more by contacting the team below or visiting the Talk BU page on the BU website.
Please note that this event will be video recorded and made available online.
Tel: +44 (0) 1202 961041
Talk BU Live in Dylan’s Bar with Sean Beer
The second Talk BU Live event will feature Sean Beer questioning whether we really want sustainable food or if it’s all just hokum.
Join us in Dylan’s Bar at 5:30pm on Tuesday 21 October
There is much talk about sustainability, but really it is just talk.
We don’t even agree on what the word means. In the meantime, middle class consumers assuage their consciences at the farmers markets buying luxury products, whilst our children eat mass produced rubbish for their school lunches.
We don’t want sustainability; it would affect our standard of living too much. It’s all just hokum.
Sean is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Tourism who has spent 30 years campaigning for the environment and the rural community with a specific focus on local food.
He is about to publish a book chapter entitled, ‘Does the pursuit of local food destroy our environment: questions of authenticity and sustainability?’
Sean is also a Winston Churchill Fellow, a Nuffield Scholar and contributes regularly to the media.
About Talk BU Live
Talk BU Live is a once monthly on-campus event designed to get people talking, thinking and shouting. Talks are no more than 20 minutes long and open to all students and staff at BU. Get involved by tweeting us using #TalkBU.
Don’t miss the next Talk BU Live events on Tuesday 11 November and Tuesday 9 December. To find out more contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Talk BU page.
Please note that these events will be video recorded and made available online.
Next week sees the launch of Talk BU Live, a series of live talks from our academics aimed at getting people thinking and talking.
The first event will be in Dylan’s on 23 September and will start at 5.30pm. The talk itself will last 20 minutes or so.
Who is Talk BU Live aimed at? Anyone in the BU community – so academic staff, professional staff and students.
Too often we hear the term “silos” to describe working and studying at BU, so this is an opportunity to come along and explore other areas than just where you work or where you study. We need as a university to give our community a range of opportunities to expand horizons, to meet other people and to share ideas. Talk BU Live will be a chance to add to the whole experience of being involved with BU in whatever capacity.
The first talk is by Professor Stephen Heppell and is entitled “Shoeless & Sausages: Making Learning Better”. Stephen is an internationally acclaimed academic, practitioner and innovator of learning in all its forms and this is a fantastic opportunity to hear a truly influential voice in the field of education discussing the world of learning. Stephen’s research is very wide-ranging and touches on everything from not wearing shoes in class to aid concentration to what one should eat on the morning of an exam.
Further details of the event and of BU’s comment page Talk BU here.