Future History Now Talks: Part I

28 November 2013, 19.00 - 22.30

Kevin Shakesheff - 3D printing and the healthcare revolution

Professor of tissue engineering at University of Nottingham

Kevin Shakesheff leads a team working on the development of 3D-printed human organs and spoke about how this technology might have the potential to revolutionise medical care.

Matt Britland - The classroom of 2018

Expert of technology in education and director of Realise Learning

The future of education is in the cloud, says Matt Britland, who tells us why the days of the blackboard may soon be numbered.

Tommy Rickard - A Boy & His Atom and the future of data storage

IBM Director for Systems & Technology

Last year IBM announced the creation of the world’s smallest memory bit, made of only 12 atoms. This breakthrough, which inspired the short film A Boy & His Atom, will allow us to create even smaller devices that can hold vast quantities of information. Tommy Rickard talks to us about the future of data storage.

David Blake - Halley VI and the future of climate research

Head of technology & engineering, British Antarctic Survey

Last year the British Antarctic Survey opened the ground-breaking Halley VI, a research station on skis. David Blake talks about how the Halley VI will make a big difference in the lives of the people working at the forefront of climate research.


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    Matt Britland

    Educational Consultant, Realise Learning

    Matt Britland is an educational consultant and an expert on classroom technology. He runs the educational consultancy Realise Learning, writes for Guardian Education, and is the head of Information & Communications Technology at Kingston Grammar School. His personal blog at has become essential reading for anybody interested in how technology may revolutionise schools over the coming years - and how this will affect the way future generations approach the workplace.

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    David Blake

    Head of technology and engineering, British Antarctic Survey

    David Blake is head of technology and engineering at the British Antarctic Survey. He has worked in the harsh conditions of Antarctica for several months at a time and played a key role in the opening of the revolutionary Halley VI research station. He will talk about BAS research into ozone depletion, polar atmospheric chemistry, sea-level rise and climate change - and the progress he hopes to have made by 2018.

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    Tommy Rickard

    Director, IBM

    Tommy Rickard is the director for systems and technology group development for IBM UK, where he has worked since 1984. Since 2000 his work has been focussed on the development of new data storage technologies. Prior to 2000 he specialised in graphics and video systems.

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    Kevin Shakesheff

    Professor of Tissue Engineering , University of Nottingham

    Kevin Shakesheff is a professor of tissue engineering at the University of Nottingham. He is currently leading a team that is working on two projects: to create bones using a 3D printer and to produce a 3D-printed liver. While 3D-printed human organs are still in the early stages of development, he believes that 3D printed bones will be commonly used in UK hospitals before 2018.


The Hallam Conference Centre

44 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6JJ

28 November 2013


By tube:

Oxford Circus (Central, Bakerloo and Victoria lines) – 5 minutes walk

Regent Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan lines) – 3 minutes walk

Great Portland Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan lines) – 3 minutes walk

By bus:

There are many buses stopping within a few minutes walk of Hallam Street including No’s: 3 6 8 10 12 13 15 23 25 73 88 94 98 113 137 139 159 189 453 C2


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