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||28 April 2016|
|Title||What Can Meteorites Tell Us About the Early Solar System?|
|Speaker||Prof Jamie Gilmour|
Asteroids are the leftovers of planet formation and so provide a snapshot of what material went to make the Earth, where it had come from, and what processes were occurring 4.5 billion years ago. One way we can read this record is to study meteorites, which are mostly fragments of asteroids (some come from the Moon and Mars). Professor Jamie Gilmour's lab in The University of Manchester are part of the international community studying meteorites. In this session, Professor Gilmour will talk about different types of meteorites, how we analyse them, and what they tell us about the material that went on to make the Earth.
|Date||26 May 2016|
|Title||The evolution of being nice and nasty – From chimpanzees to humans|
|Speaker||Dr Keith Jensen|
People are nice to each other. Think of how many people will be buying today’s speaker a drink! We’re also incredibly nasty to each other. (Please don’t do anything to the speaker.) To explore the origins of human kindness and cruelty, Keith Jensen has adapted games developed by economists for children and chimpanzees. Knowing how children share, free-ride on others and punish cheats tells us how we develop our better and worse sides. Work on chimpanzees show that there’s something special about human cooperation.
|Date||30 June 2016|
|Title||Cosmetic Procedures: Routine or Extreme?|
|Speaker||Professor Jeanette Edwards|
The availability and use of cosmetic procedures to enhance or ‘normalise’ appearance has grown significantly in recent decades. Why is this? Does it matter? What might it mean for society, and for the role and responsibilities of health and scientific professionals?