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The RAeS Solent Branch holds lectures every month that anyone can attend at no charge. Both members and non-members are welcome. For more details on how to find where the lectures below are held, please see the lecture locations page.


Next Lecture:

Human Factors in Aviation

Tuesday 8th November - 19:15

(networking with tea and coffee from 18:45)

HMS Sultan, Gosport

Presented by Mr Chris Parsons, Technical Authority Air Safety, Defence, Atkins

Entrance by pre-registration ONLY

Link to Poster

Proper consideration of the people designing, building, operating and maintaining systems saves lives, improves efficiency and increases effectiveness.

In the words of Dr Dai Morris, then Head of Joint Training, Evaluation and Operating and Simulation Capability, “People are an integral component of Defence Capability”.

Chris Parsons, a long standing member of the Society’s Human Factors in Engineering Committee, has over thirty five years' aviation experience - from 'shop floor' to senior engineering management; from type airworthiness responsibility for the RAF TriStar fleet to setting up and running the Military Aviation Authority's (the MAA) Technical Airworthiness Team.

Following on from his Cranfield MSc Thesis, Chris recommended a MOD pan-aviation-domain error management system be created and was subsequently instrumental in the creation of the Defence Aviation Error Management System (DAEMS).

He also co-created the MSc-accredited Air Safety Management Training course, he produced the MOD Aviation Safety & Environmental Handbook and he devised the Close-Coupled Air Safety Management System concept.

Having made his fair share of potentially fatal errors and having subsequently understood how they could have been avoided, he is passionate about facilitating new thinking and discussions on humans doing their bit to keep other humans safe from harm.

His presentation promises to be enlightening, informative and, above all, highly pertinent.

The lecture will take place at HMS Sultan in Gosport.  For directions please see our lecture locations page.

As HMS Sultan is a military establishment, please note that attendance is by pre-registration only. Attendees must submit their, name, vehicle registration, make and colour by Friday 4th November to the Branch Secretary, Rod Powell by telephone on 07802 430110 or by email to


Future Lectures:

FORMOSAT-7 weather monitoring spacecraft, credit: SSTLChanging the Economies of Space: SSTL's Approach to Low Cost Satellite Propulsion

Monday 5th December - 19:00 (doors at 18:30)

Physics D Lecture Theatre, University of Southampton

Presented by Mr Oli Lane, Propulsion Team Leader, Surrey Satellite Technology Services

 Please note that this lecture is not in our usual University of Southampton lecture theatre.  It will take place in Lecture Theatre 'D' in the Physics building.  This is building number 46 on the University of Southampton map on the lecture locations page.


More lectures will be added to the programme throughout the season.  Please check back regularly or like our Facebook page for updates.