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The seventeenth year - 2016-2017

Tuesday 13th September 2016: Dr Beth Mortimer - Spider webs and silks

Tuesday 11th October 2016: Dr John Parrington - Genome editing

Tuesday 8th November 2016: Dr Alan Costley - Faster fusion: fact or fantasy?

WEDNESDAY 14th December 2016: Dr John O'Hagan - Optical radiation - the benefits and risks of UV, visual and infra-red radiation

Tuesday 10th January 2017: Dr Jess Webb - Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction - measuring myocardial stiffness for early detection

Tuesday 14th February 2017: Andrew Honey - Science and the love of the book - paper, parchment and bindings this will be held in the cafe of the Weston Library on Broad Street, along with exhibits. See home page of this site for full details.

Tuesday 14th March 2017: Professor Sir Muir Gray - The threat of "lifestyle diseases"

Tuesday 11th April 2017: Jason Taylor - How we make decisions

Tuesday 9th May 2017: Dr Jennifer Whitfield - Genomics and the 100,000 Genomes Project

Tuesday 13th June 2017: Dr Mike Bowl - How deafness arises

Tuesday 11th July 2017: Professor Dorothy Bishop - The developmental diseases caused by extra X/Y chromosomes

The sixteenth year - 2015-2016

Tuesday 8th September 2015: Jonny Brooks-Bartlett - The wonders of X-ray crystallography

Tuesday 13th October 2015: Dr Malcolm Kendrick - The Great Cholesterol Con

Tuesday 10th November 2015: Dr Jeremy Howick - Why placebos are ethical in clinical practice (aka, "placebos work even when people know what they are"....)

Tuesday 8th December 2015: Becky Smethurst - Galaxy Zoo - from the lab to your living room

Tuesday 12th January 2016: Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann - Why is the Earth habitable? The biogeochemistry of temperature, carbon and the atmosphere, and what the past tells us about the future

Tuesday 9th February 2016: Dr Claire Blesing - Developments in oncology treatment and radiotherapy

Tuesday 8th March 2016: Dr Bronwyn Tarr - Dance, movement and its effects on the brain

Tuesday 12th April 2016: Dr Erica Hendy - The fascinating world of coral reefs

Tuesday 10th May 2016: Professor Fredrik Karpe - Obesity and the deposit of fat around our bodies

Tuesday 14th June 2016: Professor Simon Kroll Meningitis vaccines

Tuesday 12th July 2016: Dr Malick Gibani - The challenge of typhoid fever

In August we take a break, and will be back in September 2016.


The fifteenth year - 2014-2015

Tuesday 9th September 2014: Dr Simon Boxall - Oil spills - are they the environmental disasters they are cracked up to be?

Tuesday 14th October 2014: Dr Jason Nurse - Social media: the use of your online information for the good, the bad and the ugly.

Tuesday 11th November 2014: Professor Mark Weller - The glowing, colour-changing rocks of Greenland which safeguard the banknotes in your pocket.

Tuesday 9th December 2014: cancelled

Tuesday 13th January 2015: Professor David Wallace - Are there parallel universes?

Tuesday 10th February 2015: Professor Charles Spence - The Perfect Meal

Tuesday 10th March 2015: Steven Cutts - The medical implications of space flight

Tuesday 14th April 2015: Phil Hadland - Folkestone's fabulous fossils

Tuesday 12th May 2015: Dr Tonya Lander - Using drones to investigate pollination and land use

Tuesday 9th June 2015: Dr John Parrington - The deeper genome

Tuesday 14th July 2015: Dr Jan Francis-Smythe - Time personality, temporal intelligence and time management

In August we take a break, and will be back in September 2015.


The fourteenth year - 2013-2014

Tuesday 10th September 2013: Dr Georgina Humphreys - Antimalarial clinical drug trials: the long and winding road

Tuesday 8th October 2013: Nick Cooper - What does the brain get up to when we read?

Tuesday 12th November 2013: Professor John Finney - The extraordinary properties of water

(Confirmed date) Wednesday 11th December 2013: Dr Barbara Gabrys - The science behind meditation and the concept of mindfulness

Tuesday 14th January 2014: Penny Garner - A different way of coping with Alzheimer's and other dementias

Tuesday 11th February 2014: Dr Giles Budge - So what is killing our honeybees?

Tuesday 11th March 2014: Professor Dermot O'Hare - The new chemistry of capturing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere

Tuesday 8th April 2014: Joe Banks - Rorschach Audio - debunking the myths of 'electronic voice phenomena' and other audio illusions

Tuesday 13th May 2014: Professor Paul Bolam - The shaking palsy (Parkinson's disease) - its past, present and future

Tuesday 10th June 2014: Professor Tara Holm - A tour of topology

Tuesday 8th July 2014: Dr Carol Hall - The differences between horse and human vision: implications for equine management and training

In August we take a break, and will be back in September 2014.


The thirteenth year - 2012-2013

11th September 2012: Is sex the most dangerous human activity? - Professor John Guillebaud, University College London.
2nd October 2012: The Higgs boson - problem or solution? - Professor Brian Foster, University of Oxford, University of Hamburg and CERN.
13th November 2012: What's the problem with Maths? - Dr David Acheson, University of Oxford.
11th December 2012: Firework displays: explosive entertainment - Dr Tom Smith, Davas Ltd.
8th January 2013: The spark of life - how the sperm activates the egg to become an embryo and what happens when things go wrong - Dr John Parrington, University of Oxford.
12th February 2013: Dr Peter Oliver - Have I got snooze for you: the science of sleep
12th March 2013: Synaesthesia - Professor Charles Spence - in collaboration with the Affecting Perception art and science project
9th April 2013: Graphene - Dr Jamie Warner of Balliol College, University of Oxford.
14th May 2013: Colin Tudge - Good food for everyone for ever
11th June 2013: Professor Don Mottram - Acrylamide - is cooked food dangerous?
9th July 2013: Professor Philip Hutchinson - Inputs into climate change: CO2, villain or not?.

August 2013
We always take a break every August.


The twelfth year - 2011-2012

13th September 2011
Exploring astrophysics at the extreme - Dr Andrew Levan, University of Warwick.

11th October 2011
The difference between bacteria and viruses - Dr Edward Hutchinson, University of Oxford.

8th November 2011
Cryobiology - Professor John Armitage, University of Bristol.

13th December 2011
The brain's social networks - Dr Jerome Sallet, University of Oxford.

10th January 2012
Controlling insects to control disease - Professor Luke Alphey of Oxitec and the University of Oxford

14th February 2012
A window to the heart: Echocardiography in the 21st century - Dr Jim Newton, Consultant Cardiologist & Clinical lead for echocardiography, John Radcliffe Hospital

13th March 2012
What happens when we run out of oil? - Professor Chris Rhodes, director of Fresh-lands Environmental Action

10th April 2012
Sprites and weird atmospheric phenomena - Peter McLeish, USA

8th May 2012
Green transport - comparing petrol and diesel vehicles with their electric and hybrid rivals - Dr Peter J Moss, senior lecturer at the Royal Military College

12th June 2012
How the oceans affect the planet - Professor Carl Wunsch

10th July 2012
The science behind that Olympic rowing gold medal - Dr Andrea Dennis

August 2012
We always take a break each August.


The eleventh year - 2010-2011

August 2011
No Cafe - we always take a break in August.

12th July 2011
Dr Mark Lynas - The God Species.

14th June 2011
Dr Lisa Walker on the genetic inheritance of disease

10th May 2011
Colin Tudge, author of Good Food For Everyone For Ever

12th April 2011
Dr Henry Snaith - Advances in photovoltaic science

8th March 2011
NO CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE.

8th February 2011
Dr Owen Lewis - The extinction of species.

11th January 2011
Dr Daniel Lunn - Optimal foraging morphologies

14th December 2010
>Dr Rachel Quarrell - Advertising and pseudoscience

9th November 2010
Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University - Recognition in the Molecular World: Pathways to the Treatment of Cancer

12th October 2010
Dr Lisa Ryan - Antioxidants in food

14th September 2010
Steven Cutts - Life on Mars


The tenth year:

August 2010
No Cafe - we always take a break in August.

13th July 2010
Dr Deborah Gill - Cystic fibrosis

8th June 2010
Dr James Ferryman - CCTV: Who's watching you?

11th May 2010
Philip Ball - Music cognition (with demonstrations)

13th April 2010
Dr Steven Cartwright - Homeopathy - dispelling the myths, establishing the facts

9th March 2010
Dr Myles Allen - "Climate change - the latest

9th February 2010
Dr Chris Atkinson - "More efficient watering strategies for plants" (both in commercial and home agriculture)

12th January 2010
Dr Charlie Simpson, on 'Carbohydrate, sports drinks and exercise'

8th December 2009
Professor Angela McLean - The spread of pandemic infections

10th November 2009
Dr Jan Zalasiewicz - Earth after us - what will the planet look like 100 million years in the future?

13th October 2009
Professor Len Seymour - Stem cells and anti-viral therapies

8th September 2009
Professor Simon Murch - Possible links between autoimmune diseases and unexplained intestinal problems


The ninth year:

August 2009
We do not hold a Cafe during August

14th July 2009 - was cancelled

9th June 2009 - Dr Jean Knox - Psychotherapy

12th May 2009 - Dr Helen Packer and Dr Marcus Gould - Biofilms

14th April 2009 - Professor Steve Roberts - Fusion - materials for building fusion reactors

10th March 2009 - Steve Moxon - Do men dominate women? Why are there sexes?

10th February 2009 - CANCELLED due to the high chance of difficult travelling conditions for speaker/audience/Blackwells staff.

13th January 2009 - Professor Russell Foster - Rhythms of life - the 24-hour body clocks that rule our lives

9th December 2008 - Dr David Robinson - Earthquakes, hazards and prediction: Can we ever predict an earthquake?

11th November 2009
Professor Peter Rothwell - Avoiding strokes: why medical research has been failing patients

Friday 17th October 2009
Dr Ben Goldacre - Bad Science

September 2008
Dr Stephen Samuel - Fuel economy and emission levels


The eighth year:

July 2008
Late change - general discussion Cafe

June 2008
Dr Carolyn Willis - Cancer detection in dogs: from anecdote to evidence

May 2008
Professor Peter Atkins - Thermodynamics made easy

April 2008
CANCELLED - our apologies to all audience members

March 2008
Rita Carter - Multiple personalities

February 2008
Brian Clegg - Infinity

January 2008
Roger Ashby - Autism - a parent's viewpoint

December 2007
Dr Chris Blanford - The hydrogen economy and fuel cells

November 2007
Gavin Killip - Turning my house energy-efficient - a personal experience of going low-carbon.

October 2007
Chris Carpenter - Fusion within our grasp.

(Archive available here for details of previous years' speakers)


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