Why come to SciBar?
If you have a general interest in science, then it’s a good place to learn a bit more, or to ask the questions you’ve always wanted answered. You don’t have to know about the subject, or indeed about science – just turn up with an inquiring mind. It’s a FREE event thanks to the generosity of the speakers, the venue and the organisers, all in the spirit of engaging the public in science.
Why do researchers speak at SciBar?
Researchers benefit from speaking to the SciBar audience. In addition to improving their speaking skills, they get to talk directly to the general public. Many of these scientists are working in fields that are eventually of benefit to mankind — from medicine to making a more efficient car engine. By engaging with the general public, they gain invaluable feedback in terms of what the people need, want, love and fear. It informs them, you and us.
Mubashra Latif is studying for her PhD at the University of Chester within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, where she is investigating alternative feedstocks to turn into energy. We’re delighted to welcome her to our Didsbury Scibar event to present on this topic. Synopsis: 1) History of Electricity Production. 2) Technologies for Electricity Read more about 18th March 2019 – Production of Heat and Electricity from Biomass Fuels – Mubashra Latif[…]
18th February 2019 – Lab Coats in Hollywood: Scientists’ Impact on Cinema, Cinema’s Influence on Science – David A. Kirby
We are now in a golden age for science in popular culture. Academy Award nominated films such as The Martian and Arrival, and television ratings titans like The Big Bang Theory have proven that science–based popular cultural products can be both critically acclaimed and financially successful. But the scientific community has long standing concerns about Read more about 18th February 2019 – Lab Coats in Hollywood: Scientists’ Impact on Cinema, Cinema’s Influence on Science – David A. Kirby[…]
Prof. Michael Garrett University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics Details to follow… Monday 21st January. 18:30 start. FREE admission. The Albert Club, Old Lansdowne Road, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 2PA
Angela Douglas MBE is Scientific Director of Cheshire and Merseyside Genetics Service and Clinical Program Director for NW Coast Genomic Medicine Centre, delivering the 100,000 Genome Project, has led the profession nationally as President of the British Society for Genetic Medicine (BSGM) and as Scientific Director for NHS E (NW). Angela is a Member of Read more about 17th December 2018 – The 100,000 Genomes Project – Angela Douglas MBE[…]
Rocks from space, called meteorites, come from asteroids, the Moon, and Mars. I will talk about the scientific value of meteorites, from studies of the formation of the Solar System to volcanic activity on other planets. Dr Rhian Jones, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester will present this topic. Monday 19th November. Read more about 19th November 2018 – Experiments with Space Rocks – Dr Rhian Jones[…]
What is the 4th Industrial Revolution and what are the roles of digital twins and the Internet of Things (IoT)? Questions both during and after the talk will be welcome. Martin Lorimer, Head of Innovation at Siemens Energy will present this topic. Monday 15th October. 18:30 start. FREE admission. The Albert Club, Old Lansdowne Road, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 Read more about 15th October 2018 – What is the 4th Industrial Revolution and the IoT? – Martin Lorimer[…]
We have all looked out at the night sky and wondered if there is life out there. The sheer scale of the Universe and the billions of exo-planets suggests that there must be. In this thought-provoking lecture, Professor Matthew Cobb explores both the evidence and above all our pre-conceptions that lead us to think that Read more about 17th September 2018 – Is There Life on Mars, or Anywhere Else But Earth? – Professor Matthew Cobb[…]
Thunderstorms are fascinating to most people – with wonderful lightning displays. “I was a PhD student in the Physics department at UMIST when a new research group into atmospheric electricity was just starting. I worked in the new cold room simulating thunderstorm conditions – the important ingredients for electric charge separation are ice crystals and Read more about 20th August 2018 – Thunderstorms – Clive Saunders[…]
Biofuels were once heralded as fuels of the future. But growing biomass for fuel consumes agricultural land and requires energy dependent processing – it fails to deliver. Water borne algae were considered a superior alternative but have failed to deliver commercially attractive solutions. New opportunities are now emerging from the new science of Synthetic Biology Read more about 16th July 2018 – Engineering Bio-Fuels of the Future – Nigel Scrutton[…]
Solar energy has the potential to easily meet global human energy demand and would mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and the issues surrounding finite fossil fuel reserves. However, despite intensive research efforts, competitively priced and stable solar energy is still a “research problem”. This talk will cover some of the issues that affect solar generation and Read more about 21st May 2018 – Filling Up On Sunshine – Dr Andrew Thomas[…]