SciFest 2013 – Jamie Gallagher “The Self Sustaining Soldier”

Thursday 28 March 2013, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
At: Banshee Labyrinth, 29-35 Niddry Street, EH1 1LG


Jamie Gallagher - Scientist, Science Communicator, Dancer

Jamie Gallagher – Scientist, Science Communicator, Dancer

In today’s society we demand energy on the move. Phone, laptops, Mp3 and cars eat through a phenomenal amount of energy. We won’t live without these devices nor can we continue to burn fossil fuels to keep them running. Science is now looking to old and forgotten scientific phenomena to keep our world mobile and environmentally safe.

The holy grail for material scientist Jamie Gallagher is the self sustaining soldier- the self powered man in the field. Could someone marooned in a desert muster the power to radio help with little more than his own body energy? Jamie takes a look at the Pros and Cons of the latest developments in portable power. Hydrogen cars, scavenging of body heat and in shoe pressure pads and new improved batteries. Will we use our own bodies as a mobile power-station or are scientists just stalling for time with fanatical dreams?

Jamie Gallagher is a scientist, science communicator and dancer. After a PhD in thermoelectric material, he is  now working in the solid state chemistry group at the University of Glasgow. He’s won the second prize in the Royal Insitution’s UK Fame Lab contest, and sold out a show at the Cheltenham Science Festival, not to mention a string of other public events. You can find him performing in shows, working in schools, and teaching Salsa.

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