2020’s first Science Cafe is on Thursday 12th March at 7.30pm
The first Science Café of 2020 will bring the usual eclectic mixture of scientific topics delivered in bite-sized chunks for your information and entertainment. The traditional trio of speakers will each be given a quarter of an hour with plenty of time for you to quiz them afterwards.
Our topics for this evening will be:
- Not just dinosaurs: the prehistoric British Isles
- James McKay, School of Chemical & Process Engineering, University of Leeds
- You can find out more about scientist and illustrator James at https://www.cusp.ac.uk/about/fellowship/j_mckay/
- He will be bringing copies of his book “Trilobites, Dinosaurs and Mammoths An Introduction to the Prehistory of the British Isles” which you can purchase and have signed, if you wish. You can find out more about it here: https://www.nhbs.com/trilobites-dinosaurs-and-mammoths-book
- Science with a telescope ten miles across
- Dr Katharine G. Johnston, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leeds
- You can find out more about Katherine at https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/physics/staff/4441/dr-katharine-g-johnston
- Artificial neural networks: what, why and how?
- Dr Jamie Owen, Lead Trainer, Jumping Rivers Ltd.
- Find out about Jumping Rivers at https://www.jumpingrivers.com/about/
Further information and tickets:
The Science Cafes are held at Otley Courthouse
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 buy tickets:
- In person from Otley Courthouse box office, 10am – 4pm Mon-Sat
- On line from www.otleycourthouse.org.uk
- On the door (as long as the event is not sold out)
Otley Courthouse Arts Centre
September ’17 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. Scroll down to find this information.
2019 Festival week Science Café was on Wednesday 13th
On this enjoyable evening we covered:
- A civic plan for a climate emergency
- Professor Paul Chatterton, School of Geography, University of Leeds
- The climate emergency is a huge threat, but also a huge opportunity. Many people feel powerless in the face of huge global changes out of our control. At my talk I will be discussing how we can organise and take meaningful action to create liveable affordable, green and climate safe neighbourhoods. I’ll be talking about car free cities, biophilia, blue green infrastructure, community led housing, civic energy, and how we can build common wealth. This is a huge opportunity to change our places for the better. We have to think big, start small and act now.
- Paul is the author of “Unlocking Sustainable Cities” http://unlockingsustainablecities.org/
- My memory and me – the importance of remembering our own life
- Dr Jelena Havelka, School of Psychology, University of Leeds
- Jelena investigates the impact of life changes and transitions on our sense of self and how major public events play a role in organising autobiographical memory.
- The Analogue Moon
- Mr Mark Wrigley, Chair of the Yorkshire Branch of the Institute of Physics
- Mark’s interest in science and technology stemmed from watching the first moon landing live on television as a schoolboy. He filmed the screen with a Super 8 camera, in the days before domestic TV recording technology existed, and his footage of the 1969 event forms part of a display at the Science and Media Museum.
- A session in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and in anticipation of tomorrow night’s film, Apollo 11
The September café was on Thursday 26th
The topics for this café were:
- Molecular music: the sound of chemistry
- Dr Nicolas Barry & Dr William Martin, School of Chemistry & Biosciences, University of Bradford
- They will talk about the “amazing” week they had at the Royal Society summer exhibition presenting their project with Ilkley Grammar https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/partnership-grants/the-sound-of-chemistry/
- Sugar, fat, alcohol… what’s worse for the liver?
- Dr J. Bernadette Moore, School of Food Science & Nutrition, University of Leeds
- She will be presenting her recent research on sugar versus fat in non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease pathogenesis
- Caricatures and Dancing Homers: The maths of shape
- Dr Kevin Houston, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
- Discussing using mathematics to animate shapes to move in time with music. You may have seen Kevin at the Bradford Science Festival on a stall representing MathsWorldUK (dedicated to establishing the first maths museum in the country)
The June Science Café was held on Thursday 13th
That night the discussions covered:
- What can dirty teeth tell us about the past
- Dr Anita Radini, Department of Archaeology, University of York
- Drowning: how science can help us avoid it.
- Dr Martin Barwood, School of Social and Health Sciences, Leeds Trinity University
- Blockchain – What’s all the fuss about?
- Andy Thomas, CTO, Aprexo Ltd and Codel Ltd
The first Science Café of 2019 was on March 14th
On that evening the sessions covered:
- Phage Display: why the Nobel prize went viral
- Dr Christina Rauber, Senior Scientist, Avacta Life Sciences
- Jumpers for goalposts or is there more to football science?”
- Prof. Mark Russell, School of Social and Health Sciences, Leeds Trinity University
- Decontaminating my grandfather’s chemical legacy
- Prof. Mark Lorch, School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Hull
- This was a surprising, interesting and entertaining tale of a (literally) dangerous family legacy. If you’d like to read it or share it with friends, you can find it on line here
Earlier Science Cafés
For the record we have also left available information about our Science Cafés from 2017 and 2018. This can be found here.
September ’17 Café follow up: local air pollution
Professor Pilling C.B.E. (Emeritus Professor, School of Chemistry, Univ. of Leeds) provided the following links related to local air quality issues for us to share here.
- Link to the Defra Air quality monitoring network: https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/networks/ . You can find data for a wide range of pollutants, including NO2 and PM2.5. Look especially at the two sites in Leeds
- Leeds City Council 2018 Air Quality Annual Status report: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Air%20Quality%20Annual%20Status%20Report%202018.pdf. The Council is required by government to produce a report on Air Quality Management Areas AQMAs. The article gives a review of the 48 measures it has and is undertaking and also gives information on the AQMA in Pool.
- Clean Air Leeds: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Business/Pages/Air-quality.aspx
- UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations (July 2017)
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/air-quality-plan-for-nitrogen-dioxide-no2-in-uk-2017 This is the Governments plan to reduce NO2 concentrations. There are several reports – the summary gives a good feel for the overall strategy