Is there a price cap to knowledge?

Thursday February 4th 2021, 5:30pm – 7pm UK time, on Zoom webinar

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Science seems to move towards ever bigger, more complex and more expensive experiments. With building CERN for example, a project with incredibly high expenses, many new discoveries have been made. However, is there an upper cap to how much experiments can cost in trade off with the actual benefits that we gain from them for science and society?


Dr William Kalderon

Will received an MSci in Natural Sciences (physical) from Cambridge in 2012, then moved to Oxford for a DPhil in experimental particle physics – analysing data from, and helping to operate, the ATLAS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The ATLAS collaboration has also been the focus of his two postdoctoral positions so far – first for Lund University in Sweden (2016-19) and currently for Brookhaven National Laboratory in the USA (2019 – present; stationed at CERN in Geneva). During this time, he has conducted several searches for particles and interactions “beyond the Standard Model”, such as Supersymmetry and Dark Matter, as well as coordinating parts of the “trigger” system, which decides in real-time which 1000 of the 40 million proton-proton collision events per second to record to permanent storage for later analysis.

Dr Kimberly Palladino

An American, I grew up all over the Eastern US: Massachusetts to Virginia, graduating high school in Pennsylvania. I attended Princeton University (where I did physics research on the Cosmic Microwave background), then did a year of service through a program called AmeriCorps working for the American Red Cross in Anchorage, Alaska. I got my PhD from The Ohio State University in 2009 working in neutrino astronomy on the balloon experiment ANITA (and I travelled to McMurdo Station, Antarctica twice). Then I did a postdoc on a dark matter experiment called MiniCLEAN at MIT and was stationed at SNOLAB in Sudbury Canada for two years constructing that experiment (which never ran), even becoming a research scientist at SNOLAB. Then I was a research scientist at the US Department of Energy SLAC National Accelerator Center working on the LUX and LZ Dark Matter Detectors. I’ve continued that work, first as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015-2020) and now at Oxford. I’m also a mother to a 4 year old and 1 year old, who may always make a surprise appearance!

Lilian Hartman

Lilian received both her BA in Medical Sciences (2019) and her MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology (2020) from Lincoln College. She is currently at Medical School. She has a particular interest in the links between nutrition and health, and the use of epidemiological studies to answer these questions. Her MSc thesis used data from 0.5 million British people to assess links between meat intake and inflammation. She has also been very active in various Societies including the Oxford Medical Society, Doctors of the World, and the Oxford Society of Lifestyle Medicine.Bio to come soon

Anna Huhn

Anna has received her BSc in Molecular Biotechnology and MSc in Molecular Biosciences in Heidelberg, Germany, before coming to Oxford and starting her DPhil in Molecular Cell Biology in Health and Disease in the Dunn School of Pathology. She has already chaired the Science panel of Lincoln Leads 2020 and was also involved in the organisation of TEDx in Heidelberg.Bio to come soon

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