Lincoln Leads Seminar 3: How is Technology Shaping the Future?

Dr. Paul Stavrinou, Nicola Shaw CBE, Holly Hathrell
Event date
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17:00 - 19:00
Lincoln College
Turl Street
Venue details

Oakeshott Room

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Disabled access?
Booking required

Welcome to the Lincoln Leads Seminar Series 2018.

The third seminar in the series explores the question:
How is Technology Shaping the Future?

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance. All welcome.

Dr. Paul Stavrinou (Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford)
Nicola Shaw CBE (Executive Director, UK National Grid)
Holly Hathrell (DPhil. Chromosome & Developmental Biology)

When: Thursday, 1st February, 5.45 – 7pm. Wine Reception from 5pm
Where: Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College, Turl St, Oxford
Chair: Xanita Saayman (DPhil in Molecular Cell Biology)
Organiser: Paul Stephens, MCR Academic Representative ( )


The Lincoln Leads Seminar Series 2018 takes place on Thursday evenings during Hilary term at Lincoln College, Oxford. Each panel features an Alumnus/na, a Fellow, and a Student of the College, who will respond to a topical question linked to their research or professional experience. Following a wine reception at 5pm, each seminar will start at 5.45pm, culminating in a lively Q&A session. We have a fantastic group of panellists scheduled for the series, who aim to invite non-specialist audiences into their spheres of expertise. We therefore hope that you are eager to join them in conversation, and learn more about the exciting and diverse research connected to Lincoln.

Please see below for further details of our speakers:

Dr Paul Stavrinou is a Fellow of Lincoln College and Associate Professor in Photonics at the Department of Engineering Science. Initially trained at Marconi Instruments, as a communications engineer, he completed a BEng(Hns) in Electronic Engineering at what was then the Polytechnic of the South Bank. His PhD research was undertaken at University College London, through a Collaborative Award in Science and Engineering and, following this, he held postdoctoral positions at University College London, the University of Oxford and Imperial College London. Dr Stavrinou’s research interests span the development of materials (organic and inorganic) for photonic applications and optoelectronic devices, such as lasers, solar cells and electro-absorption modulators; the common themes all involve light-matter interactions and the flow or routing of radiation within structures.

Nicola Shaw is the UK Executive Director of the National Grid. She graduated with a BA in Modern History and Economics from Lincoln College, Oxford and completed an MSc in Transport from MIT. Nicola has held senior positions in many regulatory and operational organisations, including at the Strategic Rail Authority, the Office of the Rail Regulator and at FirstGroup PLC, with further posts at Halcrow, the World Bank and London Transport. Before joining the National Grid, she was the CEO at HS1 for five years, reporting to the UK Government on the future structure and financing of Network Rail, which culminated in the publication of the Shaw report in 2016. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2015.

Holly Hathrell is a third year PhD student in Chromosome and Developmental Biology. On coming to Oxford, she made a swap from her undergraduate degree in Theoretical Physics, and is incorporating into her PhD some of the computational aspects of her previous studies. Her work involves applying ideas in Neural Networks to automate the analysis of vast datasets of microscope images, a task highly impractical for humans and impossible using existing computational methods. Her research into Machine Learning has unearthed an interest into the ethical questions surrounding the use of algorithms and AI in our daily lives.