Upcoming events at Cafe Scientifique


Upcoming events at Cafe Scientifique

Events start at 7.30pm – 9pm with doors open from 7.00pm

Tuesday 7 March

‘It’s just the way it is: why humans doubt facts if they contrast belief’ – Dr Darren G. Lilleker

The human brain expends as little energy as possible on areas that represent little immediate interest. the senses are most active only at times of heightened danger or excitement. Hence information is reduced to simple associations to determine attitudes and shape behaviour.

Dr Darren G. Lilleker who is an Associate Professor in Political Communication in The Media School at Bournemouth University will explain how humans can thus be led to make decisions based on weak arguments, minimal facts and rely on beliefs rejecting expert advice.

Tuesday 4 April

Going for Gold! 3D Scanning and 3D Printing of Ancient and Modern Jewellery: The Law and Technology – Professor Dinusha Mendis

Ever seen 3D printing and 3D scanning happen in reality? By allowing physical objects to be replicated, 3D printing is increasing in popularity. However, there are questions relating to the technology as well as in relation to intellectual property (IP) laws.

On the one hand, whilst 3D scanning and 3D printing presents excellent opportunities for creating various, it also poses a number of questions in relation to the technology it utilises. On the other hand, it also raises various IP issues. For example, does 3D scanning and 3D printing infringe the IP rights of the creator? How much ‘modification’ is needed to create a new and non-infringing product?

Are we about to see a new wave of file sharing in 3D designs? While the technology has significant potential to expand into various sectors, including jewellery, it raises many issues in relation to ownership and craftsmanship, which will be explored in this talk.

Tuesday 2 May

– Dr Argyro Karanasiou will tell us all about artificial intelligence and driver-less car

Tuesday 6 June

New Zealand frogs –  the ancient weirdos of the amphibian World! – Professor Phil Bishop,  University of Otago

Phil Bishop has spent the last 20 years working with the ancient native frogs of New Zealand. Originally intending to discover how these unusually silent frogs communicate, his focus shifted towards amphibian conservation management as the phenomenon of global amphibian declines gained momentum. The leiopelmatid frogs of New Zealand are voiceless, earless with a number of unusual and unique morphological characters, and out of the breeding season have a daily  behavioural repertoire very similar to a small stone! Phil is a Professor of Zoology at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and in his spare time is the Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group and the Chief Scientist of the Amphibian Survival Alliance.