We are looking for researchers to come and speak at our Cafe Scientifique events in 2018…
Researching something interesting? Want to share it with the public? We have a brilliant platform for you to do just that on the first Tuesday of every month at Cafe Boscanova!
We have vacancies for:
Tuesday 6th February
Tuesday 3rd April
Tuesday 1st May
Tuesday 5th June
If you would like to learn more about Cafe Scientifique or want to get involved on one of these dates, check out the website or get in touch via email. We would love for anyone who is excited about sharing their research with the community to come along and discuss – especially when there is coffee and the occasional cake involved!
Check out our website to find out about even more Public Engagement opportunities we have at RKEO
Café scientific was one of the best public engagement activities that I have done in the past years, and I do recommend going there and deliver your talk to the public.
In all my past experiences (including pint of science, the festival of learning, U3A, the Air Show and others) I have always met great people who were interested to know and learn more about what we are doing here at BU, and at Café Scientific, it was no different.
I arrived there 1h before the talk, the café (vintage/steampunk style), was already set up for the event, thanks to the great work of the Public Engagement Team. So I had all the time to calm down and get ready.
At about 19:30 the place was packed, and few people had to listen to the talk standing up.
A sample of the presentation is available on Youtube:
Even if the room was fully booked, the audience was very quiet and focused on listening to the 40 minutes presentation.
However, the best part was at the end, and I am not referring to the delicious brownie cake that Boscanova Café made for celebrating the 5th birthday of Café Scientific, but for the questions.
I was happily surprised to have so many interesting questions, which made me think again about my projects.
There were questions about: the effect of singing and yoga exercises on balance; why not make a POWERbreathe that instead of a mouthpiece has a nosepiece; how much the improvement in balance was due to the strength of the muscles trained and not just the ability to breathe deeper; why not test the effects of meditation, and others very intelligent questions.
Finally, it was challenging and I hope that all the audience received the right message: research can be fascinating and fun, especially if you can share it with others.
If you are interested in know more about how to breathe your way into balance, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the run up to our next Café Scientifique event, we wanted to remind you of some of the brilliant speakers we have had in the past. Check out the video below to watch the fantastic Dr John McAlaney explaining our addiction to anything digital.
Our next event has Professor Jessica Teeling from the University of Southampton, sharing the impact of age on the immune system and how this damages tissue in our retinas, consequently making us lose our sight. It is an interactive Café Scientifique that definitely shouldn’t be missed!
We look forward to seeing you at Café Boscanova on the 5th September.
We have a brilliant Café Scientifique coming to Café Boscanova on September 5th. Professor Jessica Teeling will be joining us from the University of Southampton to help shed some light on our vision, helping to understand why we lose our sight when we get older.
As a professor of Neuroimmunology, as well as a founding member of Genmab NL – a company that produces therapeutic antibodies for cancer and inflammatory diseases – Professor Teeling is certainly someone to listen to when it comes to the central nervous system and the ageing process.
This interactive Café Scientifique will help you understand all there is about the eye, whilst explaining the role of the immune system in tissue damage to the ageing retina. It’s certainly not something to miss if you are interested in the ageing process of the body, or a fan of Neuroimmunology!
If you are free on the 5th September around 7:30, there’s no better place than Café Boscanova. We will see you there for a relaxed atmosphere of education and discussion with others hungry to enrich their learning experience.
We’re currently looking for speakers forCafe Scientifique and you can choose which month suits you best!
Cafe Scientifique is a popular and relaxed event that runs on the first Tuesday of the month at cosy Cafe Boscanova. Speakers give a short presentation around a chosen topic/area of research (roughly 30 minutes) before opening up to the audience for questions.
To find out more about Cafe Scientifique please visit our website here.
Unfortunately our planned event for April’s Cafe Scientifique has not been able to go ahead. This means we have an open slot for April and we’re looking for a speaker who could step in for us – if you think you’d be interested please drop me an email for further information. This is a great opportunity to speak at Cafe Scientifique as our next available slot to give a talk is quite a few months down the line.
In case you’re not familiar with Cafe Scientifique, it’s 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. Speakers give a short presentation around a topic (roughly 30 minutes), before engaging in debate and discussion with the audience to really explore the issues. It takes place at Cafe Boscanova in Boscombe on the first Tuesday of every month from 7:30-9pm and we usually have around 20-30 people in attendance. Previous talks and more information about Cafe Sci can be found on our website.
To keep you up to date with what we are up to and how we are working ‘to bag a bargain’ read on to find out more. (Your diary or calendar is an essential item when reading this blog post to make sure you don’t miss out on key dates and deadlines.)
These include the next inaugural lecture on 25th January in the EBC. This gives newly appointed professors the opportunity to share an insight into their field of work, research interests and achievements to date. Professor Lee Miles of BU’s Disaster Management Centre will be speaking on entrepreneurial resilience and disaster management.
“What will Marty McFly need in 25 years?” will take place on 26th and 27th January. We we are looking to prompt great debate in order to generate potential ideas for future projects as part of this sandpit event involving local businesses and BU staff and students. This will be facilitated by RKEO staff.
This year’s Bournemouth Research Chronicle is progressing well and will be published in the spring. It features a host of fascinating examples of interdisciplinary research from across the university. A publication not to be missed !
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships celebrated 40 years in 2015 and this national scheme continues to thrive as a great way to develop and engage business and university partnerships. The third cohort of training (at BU) started at the end of 2015 and will continue in 2016 with a number of academics across the university involved. To find out more about KTPs at BU contact Rachel Clarke.
Love is in the air with the 14th and 29th February being key dates for those cupids out there ! If romance is in the air make sure you have the next Cafe Sci in your calendar – Tuesday 2nd February. Martin Graff will be speaking on the function of nonverbal behaviour in Human Courtship.
We’ve been working hard, reviewing the case studies submitted to the light touch impact review and have been meeting with UoA leaders and impact champions to go over feedback. There are some very promising cases under development and we are looking forward to sharing these in the future.
The area of student engagement moves into its third year having been established as part of the KEIT’s remit in 2014. Events to support this area of research include the research photo competition. Voting is now open ! Don’t miss out on your say. Click here to view all the entries on the research website and cast your vote or check out the Facebook page. All of the entries will be displayed in the Atrium Art Gallery during February and an awards ceremony will be held on the 4th February to announce the winners of the competition.
We received an overwhelming response to the Undergraduate Research Assistantship Programme (URA). Busy with recruitment there are a total of 46 vacancies across 36 projects to be filled. The first student induction has already taken place with many students starting on the programme this week. The next round of URA funding applications is due to open in February 2016 for summer research assistants.
The media are often blamed for influencing society’s attitudes and views. In this month’s Café Scientific we will debate the impact of the mass media on women’s views of childbirth. The motion is: “Fear in childbirth: is the media responsible?”
Café Scientific is being hosted at Café Boscanova in Bournemouth on November 3rd at 19.30. The debate is open to the general public. It will be chaired by Prof. Vanora Hundley, Professor of Midwifery and the two proponents on either side of the debate are Dr. Ann Luce and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen. Ann Luce is a well recognised media researcher and a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Communication. Edwin van Teijlingen is a medical sociologist and Professor of Reproductive Health Research.
The debate will touch upon social perceptions and beliefs about childbirth can increase women’s requests for interventions, such as caesarean section, with long-term health implications for mothers and babies. This month’s Café Scientific will explore the role of the mass media in shaping these beliefs and identify whether media portrayals are responsible for rising rates of intervention.
Join us for an interactive debate on the impact of the mass media on women’s views of childbirth. The audience will be given the opportunity to vote on the motion before and after the debate.
These academics have written a paper on the topic of debate, a copy of which can be found here!
Is Reproduction in the Sea Lunacy? – Professor Matt Bentley
Lunacy, a term no longer in common usage, was used to describe brief periods of insanity related to phases of the moon. In the marine environment many marine organisms reproduce by shedding their eggs and sperm into the water column where a sperm then needs to find an egg for fertilisation to take place. Many species show reproduction that involves highly synchronised spawning to bring eggs together in time and space. Often these reproductive crises are associated with a particular phase of the moon, so represent what could be regarded as a type of lunacy. This Café Scientifique will explore the influence of the moon and other environmental cues in coordinating reproduction in marine animals.
We look forward to catching up with all of you at Cafe Boscanova. Doors @6:30pm and the talk will start at 7:30pm until 9pm
As we look ahead to the start of the Christmas season, our Cafe Scientifique next Tuesday is surely one you can’t miss.
The much anticipated Christmas edition of Café Sci will see Bournemouth University’s forensic society set us a mission to find out ‘Who stole Christmas?’
Are you a budding Sherlock or more a Horatio Caine? You’ll have an Opportunity to learn more about techniques used by Crime Scene investigators by analysing fingerprints, shoe prints, fibres and other evidence found at the scenes of these serial burglaries.
Be sure to mark the 2nd December in your diary and we look forward to seeing you for doors at 6:30 in Cafe Boscanova.
Get your Christmas jumpers out of the attic and advent calendars at the ready.
A FOL event guidance stand will be in the atrium on Wednesday morning
We’re available on Talbot campus between 9:00am-1:00pm on Wednesday this week if you wish to find out more about submitting an event for the FOL. This is a great chance to meet the team and find out how we can turn your idea into a reality. You may also consider visiting the Festival of Learning website here for more information as this can be very useful. In addition, you can also email Naomi Kay (email@example.com) for more information about how to set up an event.
When? First Tuesday of every month 7.30-9 pm, doors open 6.30pm
What? A free event to explore and debate ideas in science and technology. Come along and get yourself a glass of wine or a coffee and enjoy learning something new!
Can it be true that British children are really worse off than in most other Western countries? These are results that UK and the USA governments would rather not talk about but this event reports the evidence (even if it might offend).
Can’t make it on the night? Did you know we make all our talks available on YouTube and you can follow us on Twitter @CafeSciBmouth
Professor Colin Pritchard, Ph.D.,MA., AAPSW; AcSS; FRSA, Research Professor in Psychiatric Social Work, School of Health & Social Care, Bournemouth University, and, Emeritus and Visiting Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Southampton.
In September last year one of our own academics, Josie Pegg, took to the stage at Bestival’s “Bestiversity” to deliver a talk on Horrors or Heroes: :Learning to Love Parasites.
In case you didn’t get the chance to come along, she’s agreed to do it all over again, this time at your local Cafe Scientifique. Every first Tuesday of the month we get together in Boscombe’s Cafe Boscanova to hear about ideas in science of technology over a glass of wine and then engage in stimulating discussion. Have a look at our website to find out more about the venue and future events.
Tuesday 3 June: Horrors or Heroes: Learning to love parasites
Parasites are the stuff of horror movies, they not only consume their host but can be capable of controlling their host’s body and mind in the most freakish of ways.
But this is only half the story.
Around 75% of all species are parasitic, and parasites play an essential ecological role, prove unlikely allies and in fact are in many ways responsible for life as we know it.
Josie’s talk will challenge you to take a fresh look at parasites, and decide whether they really are horrors or heroes.
Our very own Sean Beer, from the School of Tourism will be identifying whether there is a growing trend within the food industry for locally sourced foods as this is seen as being more environmentally sustainable.
Come to Cafe Scientifique to find out whether producing everything locally is better for the environment. Can locally produced food have a higher carbon foot print than that which has been transported from the other side of the world? and do local producers benefit?
Cafe Scientifique runs every first Tuesday of the month (so 4th February this month) at the wonderful Cafe Boscanova in Boscombe from 7:30-9pm, but doors open at 6:30pm – so please do come early for a good seat!
The Cafe Scientifique team hopes you will join us for what will surely be an interesting debate!
Tonight, the Cafe Scientifique team welcomes Dr Blay Whitby from the University of Sussex. Dr Whitby will be presenting his talk on ‘Do You Want a Robot Lover?’.
The widespread use of robots in intimate and caring roles will bring about important social changes. Robotic carers and artificial companions are technologies that are likely to be available in the near to mid‐term future.
In Japan and South Korea robots are seen as potential carers for the elderly and as babysitters. Many researchers are looking to make their products display emotion and respond to emotional displays by users. At least one writer has predicted marriage to robots will be accepted in progressive countries by 2050.
Are these socially and ethically acceptable developments? What is likely to be technically feasible and just what should we allow?
If you would like to listen to Dr Whitby’s talk and join in with the debate, please come to Cafe Boscanova, Bocombe, tonight, ready for a 7:30pm kick off. Doors open from 6:30pm and the talk is expected to finish at 9:00pm.
There is no need to register for this event but please make sure you get here early for a good seat though as we fill up fast and there is some excellent food available!