Sobel was born on June 15, 1947, in The Bronx, New York City. She graduated from The Bronx High School of Science and Binghamton University. She wrote Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time in 1995. The story was made into a television movie. Her book Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from the University of Bath and Middlebury College.
Giulio Tononi received his medical degree from the University of Pisa, Italy, where he specialized in Psychiatry. He is currently Professor of Psychiatry, Distinguished Professor in Consciousness Science, the David P. White Chair in Sleep Medicine at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness. His laboratory studies consciousness and its disorders as well as the mechanisms and functions of sleep. Dr. Tononi’s main contribution in the study of sleep has been the development of a comprehensive hypothesis about the function of sleep, the synaptic homeostasis hypothesis. According to the hypothesis, sleep serves to renormalize synaptic strength, counterbalancing a net increase of synaptic strength due to plasticity during wakefulness.
John Ellis holds the Clerk Maxwell Professorship of Theoretical Physics at King's College in London. After his 1971 PhD from Cambridge University, he worked at SLAC, Caltech, and CERN (Geneva), where he was Theory Division Leader for six years. Much of his work relates directly to interpreting results of searches for new particles. He was one of the first to study how the Higgs boson could be produced and discovered. He is currently very active in efforts to understand the Higgs particle discovered recently at CERN, as well as its implications for possible new physics such as dark matter and supersymmetry. John Ellis was awarded the Maxwell Medal and the Paul Dirac Prize by the Institute of Physics. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London and of the Institute of Physics, and is an Honorary Fellow of King's College Cambridge and of King's College London.
Jonathan is Chief Operating Officer at McLaren Group. Graduating from Nottingham University in 1984 with an honours degree in physics, Jonathan began a lengthy career in the commercial and defence aerospace industry. He moved to BAE systems in 1991, and was promoted through the company, finally becoming director of operations and support operations at the Manchester and Prestwick Sites. In 1999 he returned to defence systems and aircraft, taking charge of the Hawk Fast Jet Programme as managing director. Jonathan joined McLaren Racing as operations director in 2001 to oversee the race team’s operations and engineering processes. He was appointed the company’s managing director in 2004, and chief operating officer and acting CEO in 2014.
Professor Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte is Director of the Development and Stem Cells Biology Laboratories at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Juan Carlos is a Research Professor of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and the American Heart Association. At the Salk Institute, he directs a laboratory where they are working with the zebra fish as research s model organism. He has received several honors/awards like the National Science Foundation Creativity Award, American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, and the Medal from the Spanish College of Pharmacy.
It’s lights out, McLaren's deadline has past. A prototype F1 car, made up of 16,000 ever-changing components, poised on the starting grid, ready to race. With an update every 15 minutes, racing in 21 global locations per year, how does the F1 team manage the race of innovation? What human and technological advancements have been implemented to maintain a competitive edge? Jonathan Neale, Group COO, who will discuss; is McLaren in the business of Motorsport or time?
Lando Norris, McLaren F1 Driver will also join us to explain the feeling of “lights out” and the time it takes to prepare for races and his first full season
Michael Young is an American geneticist who contributed to the discovery of molecular mechanisms that regulate circadian rhythm, the 24-hour period of biological activity in humans, and other organisms. He was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Young received his PhD in genetics in 1975 from UT Austin. Following a postdoc in biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine, he was appointed assistant professor at Rockefeller University. He was named professor and later, he was appointed the university’s vice president for academic affairs and Richard & Jeanne Fisher Professor.
Director, Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism, University of California, Irvine. Dr. Sassone-corsi's major interest is concentrated on the mechanisms of signal transduction able to modulate nuclear functions and, in particular gene expression, chromatin remodeling and epigenetic control. These events have important consequences for the understanding of cellular proliferation, oncogenesis and differentiation.
Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn. She is a Guggenheim, NYFA, and MacDowell colony fellow, and two-time ted speaker. Her critically acclaimed, decade-long project "the oldest living things in the world" combines art, science, and philosophy into a traveling exhibition and New York Times bestselling book. In 2014, she began developing new installation work deepening her explorations of personal and cosmic time, the universe, nature, philosophy, and beauty. With the support of the Lacma lab, and working with Spacex, NASA, and CERN, her new work can be found at MASS MoCa, the new museum Los Gatos, and the Des Moines Art Center. She is currently an artist in residency with the SETI institute. Her exhibition record spans more than a decade in museums and galleries in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Salim T S Al-Hassani is President of the Foundation of Science, Technology and Civilisation (UK) and Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Professorial Fellow in Humanities at the university of Manchester. Awarded Fellowship of the British Science Association for his work on the promotion of Science within Muslim culture. Founder of the portal: www.Muslimheritage.com. Published numerous papers in international journals and books. Editor of the book “1001 inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization”, which is published by National Geographic with a forward by HRH Prince Charles. Received numerous international awards and was repeatedly mentioned amongst the world’s most influential 500 Muslims in the category of Science and Technology, UK.
EVP for Technology & Innovation, SABIC
Prior to his present posting, Mr. Al-Harethi was the Executive Vice President of the Chemicals business unit and, before that, the Vice President of Global Procurement Services. He has led sophisticated overseas manufacturing and service organizations with profit and loss responsibility up to $4.6 billion and more than 2500 employees. Al-Harethi is skilled at establishing operational excellence within culturally diverse environments, translating conceptual models into specific growth strategies, and planning/executing multi-faceted global business development campaigns designed to improve market share, gross revenue, and EBITDA. Mr. Al-Harethi is a Chemical Engineer and holds a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.