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A series of glasses of transparent liquids is in front of you: but which will quench your thirst and which will kill you? And why? Why does one make us drunk, and another power a jumbo jet? Structured around a plane journey, Mark Miodownik explores the liquids that can bring death and destruction as well as wonder and fascination.

Mark Miodownik is a materials engineer and Professor of Materials and Society at UCL where he teaches and runs a research group. He received his PhD in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials scientist in the USA, Ireland and the UK. For more than ten years he has championed materials research that links the arts and humanities to medicine, engineering and materials science. The illuminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making where he is Director and runs the research programme. His current research interests are animate materials, innovative manufacturing, and sensoaesthetic materials. Mark is a broadcaster and writer on science and engineering issues, and believes passionately, that to engineer is human. He has written for The Observer, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. He regularly gives popular talks on engineering and materials science to TV, radio, festival, and school audiences. He is a regular presenter of science and engineering BBC TV programmes. He wrote the New York Times best selling book ‘stuff matters’.

The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7pm.

Copies of Mark’s book, ‘Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives’, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.