The Daedalus Lecture

‌‌‌The inaugural DAEDALUS LECTURE will be presented by Sir Martyn Poliakoff FRS on March 7th 2018.

The venue is the Curtis Auditorium in the Herschel Building on the main campus of Newcastle University.

The lecture will commence at 5.30 pm and will be followed by a wine reception provided courtesy of the Royal Society of Chemistry - North-East Section.

‌Daedalus, the fictional inventor for DREADCO, gave rise to the prediction of fullerenes, arsenic in Napoleon's wallpaper, chemical gardens in space, stability of the bicycle, fake perpetual motion machines and many other mind-boggling scientific schemes. In fact, Daedalus was the pen name used by Dr David EH Jones who wrote weekly columns for the New Scientist for almost forty years. His creation was a truly remarkable character, perhaps unique in his ambitions and fantasies, who could foresee the future. It was Daedalus who discussed 3D printing some ten years before its actual discovery.

The lecture will apply the basic Daedalus doctrine – think up something unknown but potentially useful and propose a cunning solution that might be, or there again maybe not, flawed. The intention is to challenge, enthral and engage the audience by suggesting outlandish applications of seemingly sound scientific principles. We might even predict future scientific innovations.


We would like to thank all those who attended the successful lecture: audience, speakers and organizers alike. Use the link below to see some photos from the event. We thank Yvonne Choo for taking these pictures.

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