Why Formula One May Have Already Saved Your Life

Motor racing is already one of the most scientifically demanding sports known for perennial technological innovation. Kit Chapman returns to the North East to tell the rarely told the story of how advances in motorsport science are changing the world, helping it become smarter and more environmentally friendly.

Kit will look at the breadth of racing, both its glories and its tragedies, revealing the industry as a driving force for progress, and where it’s on track to take us next.


Kit Chapman’s bio

Kit Chapman is an award-winning journalist and science adventurer. With more than a decade of experience writing for titles such as Nature, New Scientist, Chemistry World, Physics World and The Daily Telegraph, his work has taken him to more than 75 countries as he seeks amazing tales from the cutting edge of science.

Kit earned his PhD in the history of science from Sunderland University but is now a lecturer at Falmouth University and a contributor to Formula One’s F1 Global Exhibition.

Kit’s first book was Superheavy: Making and Breaking the Periodic Table which was shortlisted for the AAAS/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books. His latest book is Racing Green: How Motorsport Science Can Save the World which was published by Bloomsbury and perhaps not surprisingly won the RAC Book of the Year!

In addition to Kit’s passion for science, he’s also been a lifelong motorsports fan who has previously worked with Virgin Racing’s Formula E team on the chemistry and material science of their cars.

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