Otley Science Café – September Roundup

6 Oct

September’s Cafe was a success and we once again enjoyed 3 fabulous speakers:

  • The Uncanny Valley – Angela Tinwell (Bolton University)
  • Next Generation Cancer Medicines – Kamyar Afarinkia (Bradford University)
  • New semi-conductors – Luke Bawazer (Leeds University)

One of our speakers, Dr Kamyar Afarinkia, who gave a very interesting talk about Next Generation Cancer Medicines, made a video of the evening:

 

Plus, here are a few of our snaps from the evening:

Angela Tinwell: The Uncanny ValleyAngela Tinwell: The Uncanny ValleyAngela Tinwell: The Uncanny ValleyLuke Bawazer: New Semi-ConductorsKamyar Afarinkia: Next Generation Cancer Medicines

If you missed this cafe, there’s another one coming up very shortly on Tuesday 13th November as part of our week long Science Festival.

Next Science Cafe – Thurs 20th September

4 Sep

We are excited to announce an exciting line up for the next Science Café which takes place on Thursday September 20th at 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street Otley. Don’t miss the opportunity to fire questions at top scientists from around the region as they set out to encapsulate a key idea in just 10-15 mins and 20 slides.

Angela Tinwell from the University of Bolton will talk about ways that computer generated imagery makes us uncomfortable, in the Uncanny Valley. Kamyar Afarinkia of the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics at the University of Bradford will discuss where the next generation of cancer medicines are going to come from. And Luke Bawazer of the University of Leeds will wonder about the impact of nanoparticles on all our lives.

Marty Jopson of BBC TV’s the One Show who helps organise the event said: ‘We’ve got a great line up and it’s always a really fun and inspiring evening. Everyone’s welcome, whether you’re a beginner, an expert or still at school. Science Cafe audience members are aged from 9-90!’

Tickets: £4/£3 concessions, available in person from Otley Courthouse in advance or on the door, by phone from the Courthouse Box Office- 01943 467466, or online from the Courthouse website at www.otleycourthouse.org.uk

Otley Science Cafe – June Roundup

24 Jun

June’s café went down a storm with thanks to our 3 fabulous speakers for such an interesting and insightful evening. Some photos from the event:

… and don’t forget it’s the next Science Book Group at 8pm on Tuesday 26th June at the Fleece pub in Otley. The theme is “Sports Science” so if you fancy a pint and a natter, grab a (vaguely relevant, optional) book and bring it down…

Next Science Café: Thursday June 21st

28 May

We are pleased to announce an exciting line up for our next Science Café, taking place on Thursday June 21st at 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street Otley. Don’t miss the opportunity to fire questions at top scientists from around the region as they set out to encapsulate a key idea in just 10-15 mins and 20 slides. The line up:

  • The strange and scary new world of biological weapons and how to control them – Judi Sture (of the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre and Head of the Graduate School at Bradford University)
  • Climate change: Role of short lived forcings –Mat Evans (Visiting Academic at the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds & Prof of Atmospheric Chemistry Modelling at the University of York)
  • Primate communication in zoos and in the wild and what this can tell us about human behaviour – Katie Slocombe (Lecturer in Psychology at the University of York)

Marty Jopson of BBC TV’s the One Show who helps organise the event said:

We’ve got a great line up of enthusiasts so we’re expecting a really fun and inspiring evening. With ethics, the atmosphere and how chimps chat there’s something for everyone and everyone’s welcome! It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, an expert or still at school, aged 9 or 90 or anywhere in between, come along to the Science Café!

Tickets: £4/£3 concessions, available in person from Otley Courthouse in advance or on the door, by phone from the Courthouse Box Office- 01943 467466, or online from the Courthouse website at www.otleycourthouse.org.uk

Next Science Café: Thurs 15th March

19 Feb

We’re excited to announce our first Science Café of 2012 which takes place on Thursday March 15th at 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley. Don’t miss the opportunity to fire questions at top scientists from around the region as they set out to encapsulate a key idea in just 10-15 mins and 20 slides.

We have 3 fabulous speakers lined up who will be talking about:

  • “Air pollution & how scientists used lichens to monitor the impact of the Chernobyl disaster” with Mark Seaward, Honorary Research Professor at Bradford University & Honorary Professor at Lincoln University
  • “How genetics are changing the ways we can treat cancer” with Otley based geneticist Paul Roberts, Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Yorkshire Cytogenetics Unit at St James Hospital Leeds
  • Life Online & the History of the Internet” with Tom Woolley, Curator of New Media at the National Media Museum

Marty Jopson of BBC TV’s the One Show who helps organise the Café said:

‘We’ve got a great line up and it’s always a really fun and inspiring evening. Everyone’s welcome, whether you’re a beginner, an expert or still at school. Science Cafe audience members are aged from 9-90!’

Tickets: £4/£3 concessions, available in person from Otley Courthouse in advance or on the door, by phone from the Courthouse Box Office- 01943 467466, or online from the Courthouse website at www.otleycourthouse.org.uk

Otley Science Festival Needs You! (and your green tokens)

2 Feb

 

Otley Science Festival is lucky enough to be one of the featured “Community Matters” organisations at Waitrose in Otley this month…

We hope to use the money to support the Science Fair, to be held this year on the 17th November. The fair is FREE to attend and includes stalls, demonstrations and great experiments to try out. It’s a fun day out, making science accessible for all ages.

What is Waitrose Community Matters? Information from Waitrose’s website:

Waitrose Community Matters

Every month this branch will donate £1000 between three local good causes that you choose.

How does it work?
At the checkout you’ll receive a token, which you then place in the box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. You can also nominate good causes to be considered for the scheme in the future. Just pick up a leaflet in store for more information.

Drama + Science Anyone?

16 Nov

…then check out “Everything and Nothing”, part of the Otley Science Festival, tomorrow evening at the Courthouse in Otley.

Thu 17 Nov, 7.30pm

What shapes could the universe be? Does it have an edge? Is it infinite? Intent on creating a map of the universe using complex mathematics, the Everyman Explorer encounters aviator Amelia Earhart who was lost in her 1937 attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The pair find themselves in the company of an order-obsessed librarian who isn’t quite what he seems, in a time-warped universe controlled by an old radio.

A playful encounter between sound, image, text and mathematics, presented by multi-disciplinary company the19thstep, devised by composer Dorothy Ker and sculptor Kate Allen with performers Lucy Stevens, Chris Brannick and sound artist Kelcey Swain.

“Pretty fabulous … a fantastic way of linking ideas about maths and drama …  really captured the imagination”

“It was really rather excellent … a really good story and thought provoking … atmospheric … evocative”

“At most events [at the science festival] I didn’t learn much new … but at this I did. ” (Comment from a Physicist with PhD)

The Everything and Nothing Workshop 

…with topologist Dr Katie Steckles will follow on immediately after the performance. It is suitable for all ages and will unravel the mathematics of the Poincaré conjecture. The workshop will last approximately 45 minutes.

Free entry with performance ticket.

For further information visit: http://www.everythingandnothingproject.com/

£9/£7 Adults and young people. Bar.

Tickets available from the Courthouse