This is the first time WCSIM have had a float in the parade although they have joined the Modern Liveries float in previous years. We partnered with the UK Accreditation Service, (UKAS), the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the British Standards Institute (bsi.). The emphasis is on science, measurement and standards as well as collaboration. The Lord Mayor, Hon Liveryman Michael Mainelli gave us the biggest wave imaginable as we went past the balcony at Mansion House. More photos of the Silent Ceremony and the Show can be found here.
A big thanks to Sandra Rowse our photographer and London Hire who were so supportive and flexible over the minibus hire. The staff of Glaziers Hall also deserve a special mention for being so accomodating and provding welcome refreshments post Show. Finally, but by no means least, thanks to Freeman Ed Talboys for being an excellent Deputy and the Pagentmasters Office, especially Laura and Dominic Read, for keeping us informed, organised and safe.
Misha Hebel, Clerk
Guests and summer arrived together on our first afternoon at Cwrt Bleddyn, the historic manor house hotel playing host to this year’s Master’s Weekend, in Usk, South Wales, from 12 to 15 May 2023.
The respected journalist and political commentator tells the harrowing yet also inspirational story of his parents’ suffering at the hands of both Hitler and Stalin in this profoundly important and exquisitely written family memoir. Go here to Waterstones for more details.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Professor Hall, Professor of Analytical Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge, as one of only two winners of the 2022 MRC Millenium Medal. She is recognised for her pioneering multidisciplinary work and key translational impacts in biotechnology and biosensor design. Click here to read more.
On Saturday night the 24th September, the Thames Festival put on a poignant Reflection in honour of our late Queen.