Science Cafés

Our next café will be during the Festival week, on Wednesday 8th November at 7.30pm

Come along and join us for three informative talks followed by a chance to quiz the speakers, in a friendly and informal setting.

September café follow up: local air pollution

Professor Pilling’s presentation “Air pollution is there a solution?” included a number of links to sites for more information on air pollution in our area and approaches to addressing this problem. He has provided these for us to share here.

And here’s a look back at the September café, with Professor Pilling in the lower left quadrant.

September 2017 Science Cafe

Tickets are £5, but free for people 18 years old and under though they will still need to get a ticket in the normal way.

You can email us here:
or follow us on Twitter @otleyscience

Further information and tickets:

Tickets from
Box office 01943 467466 10am-4pm Mon-Sat inclusive
Buy in person from Otley Courthouse 10am-4pm Mon-Sat or on the door.

All events at Otley Courthouse (unless otherwise specified):

Otley Courthouse Arts Centre
Courthouse Street
West Yorks
LS21 3AN

Tel: 01943 467466

Looking back, we have held three Science Cafe’s this year:

Thursday 14th September at 7.30pm

Where our speakers addressed:

  • Is the mobile phone finished?
    • Dr Des McLernon, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Univ. of Leeds
  • Air pollution is there a solution?
    • Prof M.J. Pilling C.B.E., Emeritus Professor, School of Chemistry, Univ. of Leeds
  • The Archaeogenetics of Modern Human Origins
    • Prof. Martin Richards, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Huddersfield

Thursday 22nd June at 7.30pm

The discussions covered…

  • Immunity in a test tube; engineering Biology for better health
    • Dr Paul Ko Ferrigno – CEO metaLinear Ltd
  • Why Schrödinger’s Cat Is Hard to Understand: The Physics of Quantum Information
    • Prof Ben Varcoe – School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds
  • Exercise and arthritis: a painful story or healthy relationship?
    • Dr Antonios Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou – Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University

Thursday 2nd March 2017 at 7:30pm

Topics were…

  • Fighting Cancer with Fizz and Pop
    • Prof Richard Bushby – School of Chemistry, University of Leeds
  • What makes You, You – Stories of Genetics and Human Identity
    • Jonathan Roberts – Welcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • Advances in veterinary diagnostics – from two legs to four and back again
    • Dr Kevin Slater – Avacta Animal Health Limited

We took some photos of the event which can be found in an album on our Facebook page here


One Response to “Science Cafés”

  1. tonyanddudley August 14, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

    Thanks for looking for our 2015 programme – it will be there shortly. In the meantime you can find brief details of all the events on the Courthouse web site here: scroll about half way down the page to w/c 9th Nov.

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