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Can DIY Masks Capture Viruses?

With the worldwide shortage of face masks people are making their own from household materials.

How effective are these masks, if at all, what are the best materials to use and can they protect from corona virus? I found a scientific paper that goes someway towards answering these questions.

Researchers at Cambridge University tested a wide range of household materials for homemade masks. Their results are published in “Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks:” The original paper can be found here

Reliable Way to Disinfect Masks

If you are using a disposable mask the sensible thing to do is dispose of it after it has been used for the time recommended by the manufacturer. As these masks are in short supply so some sort of sterilisation is in order. As most people don’t have access to gamma radiation, ozone or ultraviolet-c light some other less exotic methods need to be consided.

Roy's Art Fair:

Roy's Art Fair is London's only artist-run art fair, showcasing the work of the very best in emerging art to art lovers from all experiences.  On 2 - 5 April 2020 we return to the iconic Oxo Tower Wharf, presenting 80 talented artists alongside a unique and immersive features programme including live artwork, tours and a doodle area for you to get hands on.  A fully stocked Bar will also be onsite serving tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol.

Opening Hours**

  • Private View, Thursday 2nd April 5pm-8:30pm - limited tickets available
  • Friday 3 April: 11am-8pm
  • Saturday 4 April: 11-7pm
  • Sunday 5 April: 11-5pm

** Children under 16 years do not need an entrance ticket and must be accompanied by an adult.

Accessibility Requirements

Visitors with accessibility requirements are asked to head to the Fair’s main entrance. Access is limited to Level 1 & 2 Only via a stairlift.

Thursday 2nd Apr, 2020

Private View:

Focussing on how the act of ‘making’ is not exclusive to mankind, the artist develops the process of interactions with living creatures into artworks. She presents what is born out of her interactions with living creatures as well as the relationship between humans and animals. This production process, akin to a collaboration with these living creatures, begins with research into the creatures’ behaviour and habitats, and evolves into an exploration of anthropocentrism and how to overcome it, of various issues related to migration and identity, and of the interplay between human beings and the Anthropocene.

For example, one of her most well-known works, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? -Border-, is a project where miniature replicas of cities from around the world are sculpted onto the top of transparent shells of hermit crabs, inviting the crabs literally to “move” from one shell to another. The hermit crabs, which by exchanging shells change their appearance, suggest the difficulty of migrants in changing identities as they move cities, but also a sense of anonymity in the free movement between their “cities”. These themes addressed by INOMATA’s works are becoming more and more relevant in the context of globalisation, and what some perceive to be its increasingly apparent challenges.

The Private View is a chance to have a first look at the works of the artist AKI INOMATA.

AKI INOMATA (1983) is an artist based in Tokyo. In she graduated 2008 with an MFA in Inter-media Art from Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2017, she went to the USA with a grant by the Asian Cultural Council. She stayed ISCP in New York City on an Individual Fellowship Grant from the Asian Cultural Council.

Her recent exhibitions include AKI INOMATA: Significant Otherness (Towada Art Center, 2019), The XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival(2019), Thailand Biennale Krabi 2018, and AKI INOMATA, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs ? (Musee de Nantes, France, 2018).

Thursday 2nd Apr, 2020
Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Engineering the Future of Civilisation

Today’s unprecedented pace of change is provoking widespread fear and scepticism about the ways engineering advance is affecting our lives. Is improved health care creating an ageing population which cannot be cared for? Will autonomous drones with facial recognition software and lethal weapons soon be used to terrorise or coerce us? Are artificial intelligence and robotics poised to cause massive unemployment, or even wrest control from human leaders? And has our growing demand for energy driven the Earth’s climate to the edge of catastrophe?

In contrast to the hysteria and doom which characterise these topics, Lord Browne will show why it is imperative that society encourages, rather than hinder, technological progress. Engineering is and always has been the lifeblood of civilisation. From the flint hand axe to the quantum computer, it has transformed what it is to be human. Across the ages, engineering has made the world less violent; a place with much less poverty, disease and starvation; where a growing majority of people can read and write and more people than ever have the freedom to build the life they want to live.

Drawing on history, his own experiences and conversations with many of today’s great innovators, he will acknowledge the unintended consequences of progress, but show that it is our also our primary source of solutions. We have the engineered solutions we need to forestall the worst effects of climate change, for example. And biomedical engineering can provide the means to care for the world’s growing populations with sensitivity and compassion. Applied responsibly and inclusively, engineering can deliver a brighter future.

Lord Browne was born in 1948. He holds degrees in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and an MS in Business from Stanford.

He joined BP in 1966 as a university apprentice, between 1969 and 1983 had a variety of exploration and production posts in North America and the UK, and in 1984 became Group Treasurer and Chief Executive of BP Finance International. He held senior roles during the BP/Standard and BP/Amoco mergers in 1987 and 1998 and was appointed Group Chief Executive in 1995. He left in 2007.

He is Executive Chairman of L1 Energy and Chairman of Huawei UK, Stanhope Capital, and the Accenture Global Energy Board. He is a director of Pattern Energy and a member of the advisory boards of Edelman, Schillings and the big data technology companies Afiniti, Kayrros, and Windward.

Lord Browne was voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today every year between 1999 and 2002, was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001.

He was Chairman of the Trustees of the Tate Galleries from 2009 to 2017. He is currently Chairman of the board of the Donmar Warehouse and Chairman of the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is a member or Chairman of the boards of a number of other organisations, including the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford.

He is Chairman of the Francis Crick Institute, and is a Fellow and past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and an Honorary Fellow of a number of institutions.

He was the UK Government’s Lead Non-Executive Board Member from 2010 to 2015, and chaired the committee that authored the Browne Report, an independent review of higher education published in 2010.

In 1999, The Royal Academy of Engineering awarded him the Prince Philip Medal for his outstanding contribution to engineering. He has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates from a number of leading universities, is an Honorary Fellow of John’s, Cambridge, and is a Senior Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford.

His interests are 16th- to 18th-century illustrated Italian books; pre-Colombian art; contemporary art; music; opera and the theatre; and Venice.

Lord Browne is the author of four books, Beyond Business, Seven Elements that Changed the World, The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business and the Sunday Times bestseller Connect: How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically with Society. His fifth book – Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering and the Future of Civilisation – will be published in May 2019.

This magnificent building in Belgravia is host to interesting talks on a diverse range of subjects, They are very generous with the reception after the talk. Meet the speaker after the talk and have them answer all your questions.

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Wednesday 29th Apr, 2020
Society of Chemical Industry

Spring Bat Walk

Booking essential, please email to book

An expert from the London Bat Group will lead a walk around the Park looking for bats. Learn more about their life cycle and how we can help their conservation. Bat detectors will be available to help you hear and identify the bats. Please bring a torch with you.

Booking essential, please email to book

Cost: FREE Donations to the London Bat Group are encouraged

Sponsored by the Friends of Holland Park

Wednesday 6th May, 2020
Holland Park Ecology Centre

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