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.
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[…]
23rd April 2018 – Of Flies and Men: How tiny insects changed the world of Biology – Professor Andreas Prokop and Mr Sanjai Patel
‘Of flies and men: How tiny insects changed the world of biology’. Speakers: Andreas Prokop, Professor for Cellular & Developmental Neurobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester and Mr Sanjai Patel, Fly Facility manager. Ten researchers have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine & Physiology for discoveries made in tiny fruit flies. We Read more about 23rd April 2018 – Of Flies and Men: How tiny insects changed the world of Biology – Professor Andreas Prokop and Mr Sanjai Patel[…]
We are pleased to announce that on 19th March we have Dr Louise Natrajan from University of Manchester’s School of Chemistry coming to speak to us. ‘A Story of Radioactivity: A Glowing Tale’ Shortly after the discovery of radioactivity it was thought to have health benefits, yet now it is considered harmful. Electricity production from Read more about 19th March 2018 – A Story of Radioactivity: A Glowing Tale – Dr Louise Natrajan[…]