Manchester Hub meeting

The first Manchester SIM hub meeting occurred on 15 June at the Wharf Pub. Organiser Sam White is pleased to announce it was successful. There were 5 company members in attendance, a soon-to-be member and 2 further guests. They had some great discussions and it was decided that this would be a regular meeting point for the Manchester Hub. They also have an array of exciting excursions lined up, including a theatre outing, a tour of the University of Manchester labs, and a Manchester city walking tour, to name just a few. A second meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday August 3rd at the Wharf pub, 6 Slate Wharf, Manchester M15 4ST. If you wish to attend or find out more, please get in touch with Sam.
Gema Gonzalez

Beloe Fellowship

The Company is pleased to announce the award of this year’s Beloe Fellowship to Dr Gema Vera Gonzalez, currently a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London. She is working in the area of bioinstrumentation, and has developed a technique which enables the simultaneous selection and monitoring of up to four selected cells in the brain – a multi-patch-clamp technique – which will help to provide further insight into brain functioning. She has automated this difficult and tedious process, increasing too the rate of successful monitoring interventions, and the Beloe Fellowship will help her to continue to work on this automation process, as well as the wider dissemination of this novel work. The interview panel was impressed by Gema’s enthusiasm, scientific rigour and drive, and trust that she will have the opportunity to discuss her work in person with Apprentices, Freemen and Liverymen at future events at Glazier’s Hall and elsewhere.

Poster session SIMposium 2023

When will nuclear fusion keep the lights on?

This year’s Master’s SIMposium, Economically Competitive Fusion Energy, aimed to find out when nuclear fusion will generate electricity power at a price people can afford.  Held at the Hall on 3 April, the event attracted a full audience to hear presentations from senior figures from the fusion industry, from the City’s financial sector, and from researchers tackling the difficult technical challenges that still remain.  Oral presentations in the morning were followed by posters in the afternoon.