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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: The first Thursdays of each month, 6.30-8.30pm

Where: The Old Abbey Taphouse, Guidhall Close, Manchester M15 6SY


Date 6 June 2019
Title Cafe Sci: The mechanics of flight: Why birds wish they were helicopters?
Speaker Dr Ben Parslew

Date: Thursday 6 June 2019

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Place: The Old Abbey Taphouse, Guildhall Close, Manchester Science Park M15 6SY


Birds, bees and bats all evolved powered flight by flapping their wings. The reciprocating motion of the wings provides thrust, while the shape and orientation of the wings generates lift. This differs from conventional man-made aircraft where the propulsive and lifting systems are deliberately kept independent – having a fixed wing led to the success of the first manned flights, and it still seems to be the most efficient means of flying over long distances.

But despite this there is still plenty of interest in research communities to create flapping wing aircraft. In this talk Dr Ben will discuss how well we currently understand the mechanics of organic flight, and why we would ever want to replicate it using machines.

Dr Ben Parslew is an expert in aerospace engineering, fluid dynamics and biomechanics at the University of Manchester. His research lies at the interface of engineering and biology, with particular interests in animal locomotion, unmanned aerial vehicles, robotics and computer animation.

This event is completely FREE for everyone, bring your friends!‌

Organisers: Bo YaoAyse Latif

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