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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: 7.30pm on the last Thursday of every month

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

Date 27 October 2016
Title Work and Health
Speaker Professor Raymond Agius

In this session, Professor Raymond Agius will highlight the complex relationships between work and health (or the lack of it).  

What factors at work (physical, chemical, biological, psychological ) can present hazards to health?  What are the associated health risks and by what biological mechanisms are the health effects brought about?  What can these observations teach us about disease in general?  How do we prevent occupational disease and other work-related ill-health?

The aim for individuals and for society is that work should be consistently good for health and well-being. How is this achievable?


Date 16 November 2016
Title Cafe Scientifique Special - Confessions of a Door Bore: Ventures in Visual Long-Term Memory
Speaker Professor Alan Baddeley

Hello everyone!

This is a Cafe Scientifique special event, taking place on 16 November 2016 6pm-8pm in Theatre B, Roscoe Building M13 9PY. Refreshments are provided. Please note the different time and venue.

Supported by The British Psychological Society North West of England Branch, we have invited Professor Alan Baddeley to talk about his research on visual memory.

Alan Baddeley is Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of York. Alan graduated in psychology from UCL, and after an MA at Princeton, joined the MRC Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge, where he completed a PhD.

In 1974, working with Graham Hitch, Baddeley developed an influential model of working memory called Baddeley’s model of working memory, which argues for the existence of multiple short term memory stores and a separate interacting system for manipulating the content of these stores. The model accounts for much of the empirical data on short-term retention and manipulation of information.

His landmark study in 1975 on ‘Capacity of Short Term Memory’ showed that people remembered more short words than long words in a recall test. This was called the word length effect and it demonstrated that pronunciation time rather than number of items determines the capacity of verbal short term memory.

Baddeley was the director of the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, a branch of the UK Medical Research Council, based in Cambridge, from 1974 to 1997. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1993 and in 1996, was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Alan has won the British Psychological Society Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and is listed in Thomson-Reuters international index of highly-cited scientists. He has also been awarded the 2016 Major Advancement in Psychological Science Prize.


Organisers: Bo YaoDeborah Talmi

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