Helen Storey MBE is Professor of Fashion and Science at the University of the Arts in London and Co-Director of the Helen Storey Foundation.
Among her many achievements and awards, she recently won the Conde Nast Traveller Award for Best Design & Innovation (Sustainability category) for the Catalytic Clothing Project she is undertaking with Professor Tony Ryan OBE, University of Sheffield.
Helen holds a BA (Hons) and an MA in Fashion from Kingston University and Honorary Professorships from Duncan Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Herriot Watt and King's College, London. She trained at Valentino and Lancetti in Rome, and has held two UK Visiting Professorships, one in the Arts and one in Material Chemistry, and a Research Fellowship. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and, in June 2009, the Queen presented her with an MBE for Services to the Arts.
Maarten Ambaum is Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Meteorology at the University of Reading. His research interests span a wide range of topics in the physics and mathematics of the atmosphere and oceans. He has a degree in theoretical physics from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. His most recent work dealt with the influence of cosmic rays on cloud formation, statistical methods in climate science, thermodynamics of the climate system, and predictability of the jet stream. He is author of a textbook on thermal physics of the atmosphere. Some of his work was also part of an art-science collaboration between the Universities of Brighton, Reading, Exeter and Sussex.
There are probably around a hundred proofs of the Pythagoras theorem. Functionally they are the same; they all prove the Pythagoras theorem. But some of these proofs are beautiful, some are surprising, others are dull. If you 'speak maths', then one proof is a like a poem, and another is like an excerpt from a safety manual. One proof is creative, another one is utilitarian.
What do you get if you pack the 02 Arena three times, sell-out the Albert Hall ten times over and fill White Hart Lane with young people? The number of people who were entertained and inspired by their attendance at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair in its third and record year.
On 15 - 17 March The Fair burst into life at The NEC, Birmingham, making the programme’s flagship national event its biggest and best yet. With over three days of wall-to-wall science and engineering shows, activities and workshops, The Fair attracted 56,000 visitors, with young people, their teachers and parents totaling 49,000 – almost doubling last year’s impressive numbers.