Bristol – Working in Science, Business and Faith? – Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Woolfenden


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Dr Elizabeth Cole (nee Woolfenden) will speak on ‘Working in Science, Business and Faith’? Further details are given below. This will be the third talk in a series entitled Faith in Science in which the speaker will talk about their scientific research, primarily exciting and informing us about their area of research / scientific endeavour but also providing some reflections on how their faith and their science interact.

Venue: Victoria Methodist Church (1A Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS8 1NU).  This at the bottom of Whiteladies Road, opposite the Victoria Rooms, with nearby bus stops serving several main bus routes (1,2,3,4 and 8).  There is parking in side streets and the NCP car park at the top of Jacobs Wells Road.

Time – 7.30pm with tea and coffee from 7pm.

Outline of talk: My career in the analytical instrument business began, and continues, in the wonderful niche technology that is analytical thermal desorption (TD). TD is used for preconcentrating low-concentration smelly or toxic organics before analysis by gas chromatography (GC) or GC-mass spectrometry (GCMS). In this presentation I will share my ongoing passion for the science and engineering of thermal desorption showing some of the fascinating work carried out by researchers and labs around the world using the technique. Applications include everything from air pollution, breath testing and chemical defence to product safety testing and the authentication of spices or perfumes.

I will also discuss the important contribution of the commercial world to technical innovation – how changing user requirements and regulations, plus competitive pressures drive innovation and improvement and how this, in turn, allows better science.

My Christian faith has been a constant influence throughout my career, and I conclude with a reflection of how all the facets of my life – the science, the commerce and my faith have combined to shape my path – each illuminating and improving my understanding of the other.