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Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique Manchester

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.

Cafe Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues, not a shop window for science. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable.

When: 7.30pm on the last Thursday of every month

Where: The MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN 

Date 24 November 2016
Title Cafe Scientifique - Can computers really learn from scientific literature?
Speaker Dr Goran Nenadic

Due to a unforseen double booking, this event will now be held in the Hub, Zochonis Building, Brunswick Street M13 9GB at 6pm. Apologies for the inconvenience. 

Large amounts of scientific literature are available in many disciplines - for example, there is a new biomedical paper published every 2 minutes. Text mining software can extract and link specific events and facts from the literature, but what else can computers learn from scientific papers? Can they learn which methodologies are hot and which are not? Can they predict what's the next big thing going to be? Can they learn how to write a paper that will be highly regarded by the scientific community? In this session, Dr Goran Nenadic will illustrate some ideas in the domain bioinformatics and clinical sciences.

Date 26 January 2017
Title Cafe Scientifique - The UK Beagle 2 Lander for Mars
Speaker Dr Dean Harris

In the early 21st century, a group of British adventurers, scientists, engineers and explorers launched a mission to Mars. The mission was called Beagle 2 and was led by the late Professor Colin Pillinger.  The mission attempted to answer one of the most profound questions asked by humanity (and David Bowie): Is there life on Mars? This talk presents the extraordinary and entertaining story of Beagle 2, presented by a mission insider. We will open with sci-fi Dreams of a Red planet that inspired Colin as a boy. 

Beagle was expected to land in 2003, but fell silent. 

Every Christmas since then, I've wondered what happened to the plucky little lander. We had given up all hope and assumed it had crashed into the surface or burnt up in the atmosphere. A core of enthusiasts continued the hunt for Beagle 2 and, 11 years later, it was found. Beagle 2 had not crash landed and recent analysis suggests that it may still be operating today. Sound crazy? The NASA rover that landed in the same year is still trundling around the surface. 

We will tell the amazing story of how the UK became the third nation in history to land on Mars with the help of a group of Christmas-jumper-wearing-boffins, led by a mutton-chop wearing farmer, who designed a probe on the back of a beer mat and knocked it up in a shed. 

Finally, we will look into the future history of Mars and ask the question - Will we be the Martians?

Organisers: Bo YaoDeborah Talmi, Ayse Latif

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