August already? Then another Science Café next month…

The mid-summer blended format Science Café came and went in June, along with a bit of good weather. Now, as we write, restrictions have been lifted so (with scientific fingers crossed) September’s Science Café will be going ahead just like they used to in the “good old days”.

We have the usual great line up of speakers covering “Covid-19 vaccines – access, equality and success”; “Pachyderms, parrots and Polynesian tree snails” and “Why BUY? The science behind consumer behaviour”. Find out all about it on the Science Café page.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Welcome back!

As 2021 progresses and things are looking promising we are getting on with planning a full Science Festival week for November, based on the premise that life will be reasonably back to “normal”. Of course we will keep a close watch on developments and be prepared to adapt if necessary but for now we are pushing ahead with a full week of events in Otley Courthouse for our dates of November 15th – 20th.

We already have several excellent speakers planned (details will follow as soon as we can) and, after how popular it was last year, we thought we’d go for another Science Quiz. Saturday’s Science Fair planning is under way, with a number of new ideas being explored to make it better than ever. Watch this space!

But of course you don’t have to wait until then. Unless something disappointing happens we’ll be back in Otley Courthouse on June 17th for our first in person Science Café since March 2020. This time, though, we are also learning from the last year and you’ll be able join by Zoom as an alternative, if you can’t (or don’t wish to) join us there.

You can find all the details here on the Science Café page

Wecome back!

Next Science Cafe – Thurs 20th September

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