PESGB Stoneley Lecture Put Mars in People’s Hands

March 20, 2014 -- The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB), the organisation dedicated to improving the public’s understanding of the technical benefits of oil and gas exploration, is celebrating a hugely successful Stoneley Lecture.

Hundreds of members of the public enjoyed an entertaining speech given by the well-known TV science presenter Dallas Campbell. Entitled ‘Unlocking the Secrets of the Red Planet’, Dallas provided a comprehensive history of Martian exploration which included animations of the Mars Curiosity landing and images of the planet’s surface.

Dallas then extended the lecture into a panel discussion for which he introduced Paul Meacham, Systems Engineer at Airbus Defence & Space’s ExoMars Rover Vehicle Project and Natasha Almeida from the Natural History Museum. During the conversation Paul explained the advances that his group has made and how new rovers include advanced drilling and coring capabilities.

Natasha had gone one stage further and brought a piece of Mars with her; in the form of an extremely rare meteorite from the planet! She talked about how her museum was using modern imaging and spectral analysis tools to learn more about the make-up of Mars.

At the drinks reception afterwards, attendees discussed the topics raised in both the lecture and panel discussion and some were even able to see Mars up close, as the presenters mingled with the priceless meteorite. 

One attendee said in an email to the organisers after the lecture: “By the way I thought Tuesday's Stoneley lecture was the best so far, and I've been to all four. So well done to you and all your colleagues, we really enjoyed it.”            

To learn more about the PESGB, its activities and the plans the society has for this, its 50th year visit: www.pesgb.org.uk




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