Upcoming events at Cafe Scientifique


Upcoming events at Cafe Scientifique

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

 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.

Tuesday 4 July

Research assistant Ayesha Pyke and third-year students will run a session about the use of genetics in medicine.

Our DNA shapes how we are made; this biological information is passed from parent to child through the generations.  Come listen to our 3rd Year UG students explain the fundamentals of the exciting and complex science of genetics, from the structure of DNA to mutations in our genome.  Hear how the use of genetics is now an everyday part of our world and has provided some answers but also posed even more questions.


There is no Cafe Scientifique in August as we’re having a short summer break but we will be back again in September!

Tuesday 5 September

In September we will be visited by Jessica Teeling from Fight for sight charity, who will talk about ‘all eyes on inflammation in age-related macular degeneration’.