There are a limited number of free seats available for Mersenne readers to attend a special event and panel discussion to mark the launch of a new oral history of science web resource, ‘Voices of Science’, on Friday 29 November 2013, 6.00pm – 8.30pm to be held in the British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

A panel discussion will be followed by a drinks reception with the opportunity to explore the new web resource

Speakers will include:

* Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton

* Professor John Coplin, aeronautical and mechanical engineer

* Professor Sir Colin Humphreys, Director of Research at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge

* Dame Stephanie Shirley, entrepreneur, computer scientist and philanthropist

To book your place (limited availability) please email [email protected] by 25 November 2013.

The ‘Voices of Science’ website draws on the ‘Oral History of British Science’ initiative led by National Life Stories at the British Library.

Since 2009 the project has collected life story interviews, both audio and video, with those people in Britain who have spent their lives in science and technology. Remarkably few British scientists had previously been interviewed at length about their life and work.

‘Voices of Science’ presents audio and video extracts from the first 100 recordings made between 2009 and 2013 covering the themes ‘Made in Britain’ and ‘A Changing Planet’.  It also provides links to the full unedited interviews and transcripts available to all worldwide at Personal biographies, photographs and links to other resources provide context for each scientist’s life and work. All the digital interviews, averaging 10-15 hours in length, have been archived in perpetuity at the British Library.

‘Voices of Science’ is the website of the Oral History of British Science programme, led by National Life Stories in association with the Science Museum, and with support from the Arcadia Fund.