It's back! Café Scientifique

The art and science of working with glass: Tue 21 Feb 2017, Anglia Ruskin Students' Union Bar

We are very pleased to announce the return of our Café Scientifique series of informal speaker-led discussions.

For the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.

Following the success of our well-attended New Year's Curry, our social calendar is continuing to grow for 2017 and February's event will be a Café Scientifique session on glass working. The union bar will be open throughout the event, serving drinks and snacks.

Visit the event page for details and to book for FREE online.

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CSES Annual Dinner 2017: Tickets now on sale

CSES President's Dinner, Thursday 20 April 2017, 7.00 for 7.30 pm, The Warren Golf & Country Club

We are pleased to welcome members and their guests to our 2017 President's Dinner. Book now for what promises to be an excellent evening!

We have a great menu and after-dinner speaker, Linda O'Halloran, who will talk about her fascinating experience conducting disaster recovery in Haiti following the earthquake.

Please see the event page for more details and to download the booking form.

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Ageing Well: A Smarter Essex

Forum discusses an innovative future for Essex

CSES facilitates event on challenges and opportunities of ageing population

The first in a series of discussions on how to address some of the challenges facing an ageing population within Essex, supported by Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society, has taken place.

Led by the Essex Partnership Board in conjunction with Anglia Ruskin and Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society, the event on 6 December 2016 welcomed public service commissioners, academics, businesspeople, experts and partners to discuss innovative new ideas around Essex's ageing population.

Watch the video of the event here (requires Flash player).

Ageing Well - A Smarter Essex

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My Smarter Essex follow-up questions

Thank you to everyone who made the My Smarter Essex event on 6 October 2016 such a fantastic success.

Poll results from My Smarter Essex
Photos from My Smarter Essex

The level of interest, enthusiasm and engagement from all parties (especially the student audience) was overwhelming and we now have a vast wealth of comments, questions and issues to pore over!

In the coming months we will discuss the big issues that face us as we move towards a smarter Essex. In the meantime, we'd like to answer some of the more specific questions submitted during the presentations:

Follow the links or read on for answers...

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IET says it's "time to involve the people"

Research undertaken by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – one of our sponsors – has found that, despite considerable investment by the UK government, local authorities and businesses, there is a basic lack of awareness among the British public about what a smart city is, does, and its potential to improve citizens' quality of life.

My Smarter Essex aims to fix that, by implementing the three objectives defined in the IET Smart Cities report.

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Poll results from My Smarter Essex

My Smarter Essex, which took place on 6 October 2016 at Anglia Ruskin University, included a number of real-time, interactive polls that gathered the audience's opinions on some of the issues raised during the presentations. This was in addition to the free-form questions and comments submitted by those who attended.

We can confirm that 125 people took part in the polls, and their responses – along with our commentary – is now available.

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Lighting efficiency study

This article is part of a series of follow-up questions on the My Smarter Essex presentations.

Over the years illumination in houses has become more efficient. This has been achieved in three ways:

  1. The light emission medium generates more lumens (light) per watt (unit of power).
  2. The light emission spectrum better matches that of the eye receptors.
  3. The luminaire (the overall fixture) has become more efficient at directing light to its desired place.

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What is 'Cozfest' and where do I buy the t-shirt?

This article is part of a series of follow-up questions on the My Smarter Essex presentations.

Many, many people wanted to know the answer to this question. It was submitted numerous times to the question/comment messaging board at My Smarter Essex on 6 October.

Well, the short answer is here: https://www.facebook.com/landforcoz/.

Read on to find out what Cozfest is and why Adam (pictured) was wearing that t-shirt...

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CSES makes award to most promising ARU student 2016

Congratulations to Jason Kent who, as the best-performing student in Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) at Anglia Ruskin University, claimed this year's CSES Award. Jason's commendable engagement in his study has been admired both by the ARU teaching staff and his peers. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for you, Jason!

CSES sponsors an award made to the most promising student in BSc/BEng (Hons) Engineering each year. The 2015/16 award was presented to Jason by Vic Leverett, CSES Vice President at a ceremony held at Anglia Ruskin University on 12 October 2016.

Pictured: Jason Kent (centre) receiving his award from CSES Vice President Vic Leverett (left) and Professor Keith Jones, Head of ARU's Department of Engineering and the Built Environment (right).

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