This months Cafe Scientifique will be led by Dr Sarah Bate, Senior Lecturer in Psychology. Sarah has an interest in disorders of face recognition particularly prosopagnosia (‘faceblindness’). Faceblindness is a relatively unknown condition that affects one in fifty people. Come along to find out what causes this fascinating condition and what it’s like to live in a world surrounded by strangers. This has been a popular topic in the media in recent months with articles in The Independent and The Daily Mail. You can find out more about her research here.
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When: Thursday 6th December, 3.30-6pm
Where: Kimmeridge House, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University
This exciting event is a chance to celebrate public engagement at Bournemouth University. Come along between 3.30pm and 6pm to experience our interactive exhibition, showcasing some excellent examples of public engagement.
Between 4-5pm you will have an exclusive opportunity to hear from Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science for the University of Birmingham, about the importance of public engagement. Following Alice’s talk there will be a chance to hear from BU academics about their experiences with public engagement and further explore our interactive exhibition with a glass of wine in hand.
3.30pm: Opportunity to explore our interactive exhibition space
4.00pm: Alice Roberts talks on the importance of Public Engagement
4.30pm: BU academics share their experiences of engagement
5.00pm: Enjoy drinks and further opportunity to explore our interactive exhibition
To register for this free event, please click on this link.
Bryce is a Senior Lecturer in Product Design at Bournemouth University and is working as part of a team of design engineers and clinicians studying prosthetics at BU’s Design Simulation Research Centre. In this exciting talk he will be discussing prosthetic limbs and the role of technology in elite sport. This is a topic that is hotly debated, with athletes such as Oscar Pistorius raising questions about the allowed length of competitor’s blades.
Doors are open from 6.30pm so come along early to make sure you have a good seat and time to buy a drink or two before the talk begins at 7.15pm. We have also arranged with Café Boscanova to have a small menu for the evening, along with the normal olives, flat breads and humus they will be serving:
- Meaty Chilli, topped with yoghurt cheese and jalapenos.
- Mung Bean Curry.
Both will be priced at £7.95.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
For those of you that missed Cafe Scientifique this month, or you want to listen to the talk again, our friends at AECC kindly recorded Jeff’s talk which is now available to view on YouTube here.
Last night witnessed the inaugural Cafe Scientifique in Bournemouth, and we are pleased to report that it was a great success!
With 45 people snugly squeezing into the amazing Cafe Boscanova, Prof Jeff Bagust gave a fascinating, entertaining and accessible talk on the “Cardiac Foxtrot” which covered the topic of heart rhythms, how they are influenced and why our hearts need to respond to changing conditions. After Jeff’s talk (and re-fill of the superb refreshments on offer), a lively discussed ensued. You can see the conversation on twitter here.
The organising team (Jonny Branney, Sharon Docherty, Becca Edwards and Naomi Kay) received some great feedback, with comments including “a great night out – keep ’em coming” and “these events will maintain their enjoyability”. For those of you that missed out, next month’s event is on Tuesday 6th November titled “The Fastest Men On No Legs: Oscar Pistorius, Prosthetic Limbs and the Role of Technology in Elite Sport” by BU’s Bryce Dyer.
On a personal note, as a recently appointed Research Development Officer for Public Engagement, I am delighted to see so much enthusiasm for this event. As a relatively new resident in Bournemouth (who for a number of years struggled to find this sort event locally) I am really proud to see such a vibrant community of people come together and have so much fun whilst learning about fascinating research.
If you have an idea of how to engage more of the general public with research, please do not hestitate to contact me on email@example.com or 01202 961206.
Tonight marks Bournemouth’s first Café Scientifique, taking place at Café Boscanova with doors opening at 7pm going on until 9.30pm. Entry is free; just buy yourself a coffee or a glass of wine from the bar to keep our lovely hosts happy!
Kicking off proceedings will be the AECC’s Professor Jeff Bagust, who is also a Visiting Researcher at BU. Jeff will be delivering a talk entitled “Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow – The Cardiac Foxtrot”. This fascinating and entertaining talk will cover the topic of heart rhythms, how they are influenced and why our hearts need to respond to changing conditions. We will then have an open forum for discussion, allowing you to ask any question you can think of and engage in enlightening conversation.
For anyone who can’t make the launch event on the 2nd October, a podcast of the talk will be recorded, available from the AECC website. Café Scientifique will then take place on the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm, each time guaranteeing a welcoming environment and an enlightening discussion.
For years debate has circulated around Oscar Pistorius and allowing him to compete in able bodied events at the Olympics when he may or may not have an unfair advantage. Most recently he sparked further debate himself in the criticisms of the length of Alan Oliveira’s blades directly after his defeat in the 200m Paralympic final. So what’s the difference? Does running on prosthetics give you an advantage over the able bodied, or simply level the playing field? Can longer blades give you the advantage over the other competitors?
Bryce will discuss and explore the recent controversy surrounding the use of prosthetic limbs in elite sport, what we know, what we don’t and how what was once initially seen as disability is now redefining sport as we know it, before allowing you time to ask him any questions you may have.
With only 4 weeks to go until the launch of Cafe Scientifique at Cafe Boscanova (don’t forget to put Tuesday 2 October in your diary!), we are pleased to announce that our first speaker will be Prof Jeff Bagust who will be giving a talk entitled:
“Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow – The Cardiac Foxtrot”.
This fascinating and entertaining talk will light footedly glide us through the world of heart rate rhythms, how they are influenced and why our hearts need to respond to changing conditions.
The short talk will start at 7pm, followed by plenty of time for discussion. Cafe Boscanova will be selling their usual drinks and a small snack menu.
For those of you who missed our earlier post, Cafe Scientifique at Cafe Boscanova is a new public engagement venture being run jointly by Bournemouth University and the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. It will run on the first Tuesday of every month (starting in October) and over the next few months we will be bringing you a diverse range of speakers and subjects. All of this for the price of a coffee/glass of wine! Watch this space for more information on upcoming events.
Anyone interested in giving a talk should contact Becca Edwards for more information.
Having just come into post as the Events Co-Ordinator for BU’s Festival of Learning I am just being introduced to the concept of public engagement, and Eric Jensen’s recent podcast on “Public Engagement and the Public Understanding of Science” was an enlightening listen on what public engagement is, and why it is so important.
Jensen starts by telling us about how the idea of public engagement came about from public understanding of science, and how it spread across several other academic disciplines such as the social sciences and humanities. He also tells us about the implications of this change, how events such as public lectures are only focused outwards whereas engagement events need to have inward input as well. This message is at the heart of the upcoming Festival of Learning as well as smaller events such as Café Scientifique Bournemouth being launched this October by colleagues from BU and AECC.
Another key point mentioned is the importance of evaluation and assessment. Evaluation and reflection are how we learn so should be applied to every situation in order to improve for the future. Asking yourself questions about the events being hosted, for example “Is this event cost effective and sustainable?” or perhaps “Could I engage more people more effectively through a different style of event?” are simple ways to assess what you’re doing and make sure the events are a worthwhile use of time and resources!
As public engagement becomes more and more important, with it now featuring as an aspect to be considered in research funding applications, it becomes vital to use engagement funding creatively and efficiently to provide interesting events as a forum for debate, discussion and interaction with those from all walks of society.
If you’d like to learn more about the development of public engagement activities around your research please contact Becca Edwards.
Details of October event: Cafe Scientifique: Prof Jeff Bagust – “Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow – The Cardiac Foxtrot” – 7pm, 2nd October, Cafe Boscanova. No need to reserve a ticket, just buy a drink or snack at the venue!
I am delighted to announce that Bournemouth will soon be hosting its very own Café Scientifique or Science Café (SciCafé) as they are often called, held first Tuesday of the month (7-9pm-ish) at Café Boscanova. What is this all about I hear you cry?
In brief, Café Scientifique is a forum for fostering public engagement with science. It’s about getting academics out of the university and into a pub, café, restaurant (not that academics necessarily require a push in this direction) or similar type of place to give a short talk related to the field in which they are researching, and then for the public to engage in asking questions of the expert and, indeed, of each other. As the Café Scientifique website neatly puts it this is “science for the price of a coffee” or, you may prefer my take on this strap-line, “science for the price of a couple of beers”.
The talk is important, but most important of all is the discussion that it stimulates. Should Oscar Pistorius have been allowed to participate in the Olympic Games? Was it worth spending billions of pounds discovering the Higgs-Boson, and what does its discovery mean? Is climate change definitely largely man-made? Why does toast always land buttered-side down?
The benefits of the discussion ought to be reciprocal – the public gets to benefit from up-to-date knowledge and to learn about what scientists actually do, and why they do what they do, ‘from the horse’s mouth’, as it were; academics meanwhile get to play their part in the wider dissemination and understanding of their field to the general public. Reporting of science in the media is often sparse and more often inaccurate. Science will never sell newspapers or magazines in quite the same numbers as will news of the signing of Wayne Rooney to Manchester City (wee joke), the Duchess of York’s latest dress or Katie Price’s latest marriage (totally serious). The Bournemouth SciCafé is one option for us to help redress the balance, dispel myths, empower, stimulate and inspire. The Bournemouth SciCafé is being organised by myself (chiropractor and BU PhD student) with Sharon Docherty (biologist and fellow AECC researcher) and two colleagues at BU, Becca Edwards (Research Development Officer – Public Engagement) and Naomi Kay (Events Co-ordinator).
Contact me, Jonny, if you’d like more information about attending or, even better, if you’d like to give a talk yourself. We’d particularly like to hear from you if you can give a talk related to the Olympics, whether on sports performance, psychology, training, the economic and social impact of the Games etc. We look forward to seeing you, or, listening and discussing with you, very soon! First speakers to be announced soon! Further updates will be posted here.
If you would like more details about public engagement activities at BU, please contact Becca Edwards on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01202 961206.