Upcoming events at Cafe Scientifique
Events start at 7.30pm – 9 pm with doors open from 6.30pm
Tuesday 2 April 2019
The last one standing: Journalism for science democratisation in the post-truth era
Associate Professor An Nguyen
The recent increase in scientific discoveries, not only offers hope for human fears and longings but also confronts fundamental aspects of life and long-accepted social and moral values. Without proper mechanisms for citizens of democratic societies to be meaningfully informed and to voice concerns over scientific advancements, they may find themselves stripped of the right to shape the science that shapes their lives. Ironically, the pace of science is too fast for citizens to follow, let alone have a voice. This talk first explores why science democratisation is the only way to tackle the growing science-society gap, which has been a catalyst for anti-intellectual and anti-science populist politics around the world. It will then examine why decades of ardent efforts by science institutions to close this gap have failed. Finally, demonstrate why and how science journalism, despite its many faults, may be the last candidate to fulfil this task.
Tuesday 7 May 2019
Pier Review: What does the future hold for British Seaside Piers?
Dr Anya Chapman
Victorian seaside pleasure piers are unique to the British coast but this important part of the country’s heritage is under threat: in the early 20th century nearly 100 piers graced the UK coastline, but almost half have now gone. This session will chart the development of British seaside pleasure piers: from their beginnings as humble landing stages through to the ‘golden age’ of pier building. We’ll also be looking at the current rejuvenation of piers, like Bournemouth, and how they are embracing the future. Come along and gain a unique insight into the past, present and future of piers, share your own memories of seaside piers, and let us know your hopes for their future.