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EXPERTISE
Astronomy & Space Science
Earth Sciences, Geology & Geography
Science - Physics
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BIOGRAPHY
Professor Glenn Patrick CPhys, FInstP, FRAS is a particle physicist and science communicator who has spent most of his career working on large "atom smashers" at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva. Until recently, he led one of the UK research groups studying the subtle differences between matter and anti-matter at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – the 27 km machine, which smashes protons together at the highest energies on Earth.

He was also a leading member of the team that built the UK section of the world’s largest computing grid to process the vast amounts of data flowing around the planet from the LHC.

Glenn is based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near to Oxford, where he is now an Honorary Scientist, He is also a Visiting Professor in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Portsmouth, where he teaches.

He has almost 700 scientific research publications and is a Fellow of both the Institute of Physics and the Royal Astronomical Society. Glenn regularly gives public talks to a wide variety of audiences and specialises in explaining the concepts of physics, cosmology, astronomy and earth sciences in everyday language.
TALK TITLES
Listed below are thirteen examples of talks that can be readily delivered. My talks can usually be adapted to the specific itineraries of cruises and I am happy to write other science related talks tailored to the specific requirements of cruise enrichment managers.

SCIENCE - PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE:

1. A QUESTION OF TIME.
In this talk we ponder the meaning of time as we cross time zones and change clocks on our travels. This will include big questions such as does time have a start, can it be reversed and will it have an end? Just as important, why do we have to spend so much time tidying our homes and why does time always fly on holiday? We are often short of time and we refer to it as the fourth dimension, but what actually is it? This lecture looks at the whole question of time and what it means to us. Particularly suited to ocean crossings with time zone changes (e.g. Atlantic).

2. COSMIC PARTICLES - MESSENGERS OF THE UNIVERSE.
This talk explores the origin of cosmic rays and what they tell us about the Universe. Along the way, their links with ocean cruising , national security, volcanoes and the secrets of the pyramids are discussed! Good connections with both USA and European scientists, worldwide geographic locations and cruising oceans (e.g. Pacific). Strong links with natural light shows (Northern Lights) seen over Iceland and Scandinavia.

3. THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER AND THE HIDDEN UNIVERSE.
The Large Hadron Collider is the largest scientific machine on the planet and capable of probing deep into matter. This talk puts it under the microscope and also discusses what it is revealing about the hidden subatomic Universe. A truly global endeavour (over 70 countries and 105 different nationalities) so can be tailored to most itineraries.

4. THE PURSUIT OF THE HIGGS PARTICLE.
This talk describes a 50 year hunt for a sub-atomic particle that is thought to explain the expansion of the Universe. The race to find this mythical particle has oscillated between both sides of the Atlantic with the USA and Europe vying to build the largest scientific machines on the planet, including the Large Hadron Collider This talk describes the pursuit of the Higgs particle and what it reveals about the Universe. It includes links to science politics and personalities in a transatlantic struggle between USA and Europe.

5.THE QUEST FOR ANTIMATTER.
Antimatter was discovered over 80 years ago, but there seems to be a serious lack of it in the Universe, despite everyday production in laboratories and even within our own bodies. This talk examines this exotic substance and how it is thought to explain our very existence. Strong links with both American places and personalities (e.g. MIT-Boston, Caltech, New Yorker Richard Feynman) and Europe (e.g. Paul Dirac).

6. NEUTRINOS - GHOSTS OF THE UNIVERSE.
As we travel the oceans on a cruise, we are all too aware of the light emitted from the Sun... even sometimes late at night in locations above the Arctic Circle. However, the Sun would not shine at all if it were not for a tiny sub-atomic particle that also makes the 8 minute journey from our star, but then goes on to travel straight through the Earth! This talk explores what has been revealed about the amazing quantum properties of the enigmatic neutrino and its crucial role in the Universe. Links can be made with most geographic locations, including the northern and southern polar regions.

7. THE SEARCH FOR DARK MATTER.
It appears that only 5% of the Universe is made from everyday (luminous) matter. At least 25% is thought to be made from invisible dark matter. This talk takes a look at dark matter and how it is being searched for deep underground at many locations around the world and in space. Links to USA/Canada (e.g. Ontario, South Dakota, Minnesota), Europe (e.g. Italy - Gran Sasso, UK) and Asia (Japan, China)

8. THE QUANTUM WORLD.
The quantum world is an amazing place full of paradoxes and effects which are counter-intuitive, but it is applied every day in modern devices. This talk takes a look at this microscopic world and whether we will ever fully understand it. Can include focus on specific locations (e.g. Copenhagen, USA).

9. A COSMIC VIEW FROM BENEATH THE MEDITERRANEAN.
Unbeknown to passengers cruising the Mediterranena Sea, enormous arrays of detectors are located deep beneath them. Why are they there and what do they do? This talk looks at how the ocean is used to study the secrets of both the cosmos and the deep. Strong links with Mediterranean countries particularly France, Italy and Greece. .


EARTH SCIENCES, GEOLOGY & GEOGRAPHY:

10. JOURNEY FROM THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH.
What do we actually know about what is happening inside the Earth? This talk looks at how new techniques are telling us more about geology from the inside of our planet. Strong links with many worldwide locations, but especially the “land of ice and fire” natural wonders of Iceland (geysers, volcanoes, glaciers, etc.) .

11. THE NORTHERN LIGHTS - A QUANTUM LIGHT SHOW.
The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and Aurora Astralis (Southern Lights) are both wonderful spectacles of nature and are caused by the solar wind and sub-atomic particles. This lecture explains the science of how they are created, what they tell us about the Earth and also looks at some of the folklore surrounding them. Particularly suited to Northern Lights cruises (e.g. Iceland, Scandinavia).

12. LOOKING THROUGH THE GREENHOUSE.
We are told that many glaciers are melting and even the land itself is rising as a result of climate change. But what do we really know about climate change and how is the world going to meet the energy demands of a growing population. This talk examines the science of global warming and has links to any location with glaciers .... including those near the polar regions.

13. MAGICAL ELEMENTS FOR GADGETS GALORE.
Our everyday life is now dominated by smartphones, tablet computers, sat nav devices and even electric cars. We have become totally dependent on modern technology, but do you realise how it is all underpinned by the properties of a few rare earth elements? This talk will look at our obsession with gadgets and the particular challenges for locations around the planet. Obvious links to the geology and politics of many countries including China, USA, Greenland, Iceland and Arctic territories.

In addition to the above, further talks can be prepared and delivered and I am very happy to tailor my programme to the specific needs and themes of particular cruises. All of the talks are given in everyday language and need no prior scientific knowledge.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
Lectured for Cunard, Viking Ocean Cruises and Saga.
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Viking Star ST160724 Viking Homelands 14 Bergen Sunday, July 24, 2016