Science Cafés

Our next café will be on Thursday March 8th at 7.30pm

Otley Science Café brings the usual eclectic mixture of scientific topics delivered in bite-sized chunks for your entertainment. Our traditional trio of speakers will each be given a quarter of an hour with plenty of time for you to quiz them afterwards.
On March 8th we will be hearing about:
  • Performing a surgery on a single cell
    • Dr Paolo Actis, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Putting the brakes on brain tumours
    • Dr Anke Brüning-Richardson, Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology, St James’ Hospital
  • Mathematical recipes for never-repeating quasicrystals
    • Dr Priya Subramanian, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
Join us for a relaxed and fun evening of science suitable for all ages and all interests.
The Courthouse bar and cafe will be open for refreshments.

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.

Further information and tickets:

The Science Cafes are held at Otley Courthouse

You can buy tickets:

  • In person from Otley Courthouse box office, 10am – 4pm Mon-Sat
  • On line from
  • On the door (as long as the event is not sold out)

Otley Courthouse Arts Centre
Courthouse Street
West Yorks
LS21 3AN

01943 467466

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

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. Scroll down to find this information.


We held four Science Cafes in 2017:

Wednesday 8th November at 7.30pm

The subjects were:

  •  Working with the ISS and CERN technology at school – How did we spot NASA’s mistake?
    • James O’Neill, The Institute for Research In Schools Northern Hub, Tapton School, Sheffield
  • Coral reefs as sentinels for climate change
    • Dr Maria Beger, Priestley International Centre for Climate Change, University of Leeds
  •  Science Beyond “Science”: A new way of looking at the everyday
    • Rosemary Robinson, Explainer, National Science & Media Museum, Bradford

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

Some photos of the event can be found in an album on our Facebook page here

Professor Pilling provided the following links related to local air quality issues for us to share here.

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

Some photos of the event can be found in an album on our Facebook page here

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

Some photos of the event 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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