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The Future of Nanotechnology – London Futurists

This event features Sonia Contera, one of the leading researchers in nanotechnology. Sonia heads the Contera Lab in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford, and is the author of the new book “Nano Comes to Life: How Nanotechnology Is Transforming Medicine and the Future of Biology”. In this event, Sonia will be giving her insider’s perspective on this new frontier, revealing how nanotechnology enables a new kind of multidisciplinary science that is poised to give us control over our own biology, our health, and our lives.

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Nanotechnology is the deliberate systematic mechanical manipulation of matter at the nanoscale, that is, at dimensions of around one to a hundred nanometres. Rapid improvements in nanotechnology increasingly allow control of the very building blocks of life, including proteins and DNA.

Nanotechnology is revolutionizing medicine in ways that will have profound effects on our health and longevity: nanoscale machines that can target individual cancer cells and deliver drugs more effectively; nanoantibiotics that can fight resistant bacteria; the engineering of tissues and organs for research, drug discovery, and transplantation.

This event features Sonia Contera, one of the leading researchers in nanotechnology. Sonia heads the Contera Lab in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford, and is the author of the new book “Nano Comes to Life: How Nanotechnology Is Transforming Medicine and the Future of Biology”. In this event, Sonia will be giving her insider’s perspective on this new frontier, revealing how nanotechnology enables a new kind of multidisciplinary science that is poised to give us control over our own biology, our health, and our lives.

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Sonia Contera is Associate Professor of Biological Physics at Oxford Physics Department. She is also the proud (and busy) mother of two little children.

Sonia was the founder, director and co-director of the Oxford Martin Institute of Nanoscience for Medicine at the Oxford Martin School, which operated from 2007 to 2015. She is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, and was a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnology from[masked]. She is also a member of the Physical Sciences Strategy Advisory Team of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of the UK.

Sonia was elected Chair of Scanning Probe Microscopy section of the Royal Microscopical Society in 2017. From 2018 she is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Science and Innovation to the Andalusian Government (Spain).

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Start date: December 07, 2019

End date: December 07, 2019

Start time: 14:00

End time: 16:00

Venue: Birkbeck College Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

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