Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture

The Department of Engineering Science is pleased to announce that the 44th Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture will be held on Monday 14th May at the Thom Building and Mathematics Institute.
When May 14, 2018
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Mathematical Institute and Thom Building
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This year we are delighted to confirm our Keynote Speaker as Professor Timothy Leighton FREng FRS, Professor of Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics, Southampton University. Professor Leighton will be speaking on “Bubble acoustics: from listening to the ocean to cleaning medical devices and fighting antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance”.

Mini-lectures will be given by Professor Bob Carlisle, Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering, and Professor Ron Roy, Chair of Mechanical Engineering.  The Maurice Lubbock Lecture will be followed by a drinks reception and canapés.


1.45pm Registration in Thom Building Reception

2.30 - 3.35pm     Mini-Lectures in Lecture Room 1, Thom Building

3.40 - 4.00pm     4th Year Project Prizes presented by Professor Timothy Leighton

4.00 - 4.45pm     Refreshments & 4th Year Project Exhibition in Lecture Room 3

4.45 - 5.00pm     Guests to move to Mathematics  Institute for 44th Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture

5.00 - 5.05pm     Welcome and introduction by Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Head of the Department of Engineering Science

5.05 - 6.05pm     The 44th Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture – Professor Timothy Leighton, Southampton University.

6.05 - 6.15pm     Vote of thanks by Lord Avebury, Chairman of the Lubbock Trust

6:15 - 7:15pm     Drinks, canapés & networking



Professor Timothy Leighton FREng FRS, Professor of Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics, Southampton University

Abstract - Naturally-occurring underwater bubbles are extremely powerful sources of underwater sound. They act as sources for the sound of a waterfall or a breaking ocean wave, when those features inject atmospheric gas underwater to form bubbles, which then ring like tiny bells. By understanding how bubbles make sound, we can listen to the ocean, and track the >1 billion tonnes of atmospheric carbon that transfers between atmosphere and ocean annually when ocean waves break and trap atmospheric gas under the sea.

Bubbles can also scatter and refract the underwater sound fields produced by other acoustic sources. This effect is exploited by whales and dolphins when they use sound for hunting, and provides us with new options when hunting for explosives or covert surveillance equipment.

The lecture closes by discussing the role that acoustic bubbles have in mitigating the ‘antibiotic apocalypse’, which by 2050 is predicted to be causing more deaths than cancer, and will have cost the world economy more than the current size of the global economy.