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Professor Peter Barham has enjoyed a varied career including being involved with the research and conservation work on penguins. Initially using his expertise in polymer physics to design novel marking techniques that could be used by field biologists.

The research project he set up in 2000 to test new rubber flipper bands for penguins has since evolved into one of the longest running penguin monitoring and research projects on any species and the data collected feeds directly into decision making on penguin conservation.

Although the main focus of the talk will be on African penguins, he will begin with an introduction to each of the 18 (or thereabouts) species of penguin and include a few interesting facts about their individual characteristics and behaviour.

Following that Professor Barham will talk in more detail about the African penguin and explain why they are now an endangered species with a high probability of becoming extinct within 25 to 50 years and the work being done to try and change the situation.

Peter Barham is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Bristol. He his gained doctorate (in polymer physics) at Bristol back in 1975 and has spent his entire career in the Physics department finally “retiring” in 2015. As well as continuing to research polymers (mainly in the area of biodegradable materials) he also managed to turn his other passion into serious research interests.

His work on the science of cooking led to a collaboration with several chefs, notably Heston Blumenthal and the development of modern scientific gastronomy. He was also able to apply some of his physics expertise to solve problems for penguin researchers and has, over the past 20 years become increasingly involved with penguin conservation and research. At one point a few years ago he actually held three chairs at three Universities: in Physics at Bristol, Molecular Gastronomy at Copenhagen and in Biology in Cape Town.

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Coronavirus information

We have reduced the number of tickets available for each event in line with the latest government guidelines on distancing.

The new seating layout for audience events offers single seats and sets of two, three and four at tables or in the tiered rows at the recommended separations.

At the same time we have upgraded our online booking process so that customers can book specific seats or tables for every event. This means that you will know in advance where you will be seated.

Hygiene measures

We provide hand sanitiser points for everyone visiting the Goods Shed and cafe.

Please wear a face covering while inside the building, including moving to and from your seat, except while you are eating and drinking, or unless you have an exemption.

As well as giving the auditorium a thorough clean before and after performances, have put in place a new flow system designed to keep users the regulation distance apart while getting to and from their seats.

If you feel unwell before attending

If you or a member of your party booking has potential symptoms of Covid19 (or any other infectious condition), please do not attend the event. Contact our Administrator on 01666 505496, who will be able to help you obtain a refund for your Please have your booking reference and the payment card you used to hand when you call.


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