Welcome to our August newsletter from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. As always there’s lots of exciting news to share, with embedded links to our website where you can find further information plus discover other news and updates. Also news concerning our heritage collection and a big step forward we’ve made in opening up access to our 250 years of history and putting it to work as a unique historical and educational resource. Finally, there are some exciting projects in the pipeline which we look forward to telling you about soon, hopefully in time for the next newsletter. Good reading.
Project Undaunted, Heritage & Education Centre
The Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) has had the first test batch of scans back from the digitisation company as part of Project Undaunted. A selection of First & Famous documents have been imaged, including various ship plans, some very fragile survey reports and some bound material. This exciting test batch has allowed us to view how the images appear on screen, and to decide whether any changes need to be made before the remainder are scanned. The HEC team is also preparing to move the ship plan and survey report archive - all 4,239 boxes are in the process of being renumbered with their new location and any overfilled boxes are being thinned out to prevent damage to the documents. We will keep you updated on the progress of the move in the coming weeks.
Foresight review: Reconciling facts and fears
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk held its first international conference at the end of July, at the National University of Singapore, timed to coincide with the official publication of the Foundation’s Foresight review entitled ‘Reconciling facts and fears’. Prof Richard Clegg gave a welcome address and chaired a panel discussion session at the conference, attended by around 200 delegates from a wide cross-section of industry, government, the media, academia, and members of the public. The aim of the institute is to promote better debate in society around risk and improve the quality of individual, business, and political decisions in the face of risk.
'Supercharged: Fuelling the future' on tour
The Royal Institution’s CHRISTMAS LECTURES are due to be broadcast on Singapore National TV tonight, taking one of the UK’s great Christmas traditions to a wider international audience. Led by the 2016 Christmas Lecturer, Professor Saiful Islam, the 'Supercharged: Fuelling the future' tour includes all of the record-breaking and inspirational science enjoyed by a UK TV audience last December, helping to excite and inspire young and old alike. And as ever it’s been made possible by the Ri’s international partners, Mediacorp, the Science Centre Singapore and Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and by the Lloyd's Register Foundation who were the CHRISTMAS LECTURES major partner in 2016 . A second tour, to Japan, is planned for the Autumn.
Open House London
The Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) is excited to announce that our Lloyd's Register building at 71 Fenchurch Street, London, UK, will be open to the public in this year's Open House London event on Saturday 16 September. Admission is free for all and offers a fascinating insight into historic and contemporary architecture. Visitors can also learn about the charitable activities of the Foundation, as well as the diverse work of Lloyd’s Register Group. For further information about the event, visit our Open House London webpage.
Royal Statistical Society Conference 2017
Alan Turing Institute programme in Data-Centric Engineering will be presented at the Royal Statistical Society Conference 2017
4-7 of September: The conference will be held at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, bringing together a wide community of statisticians and data scientists working on a range of fields. For more information see here.
Distributed ledgers for engineered systems: hype or hope?
27 September: This event explores the use of distributed ledgers and blockchain in engineered systems and launches the Insight report on distributed ledger technologies, commissioned by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and The Alan Turing Institute. For more information see here.