15th July – Building Brains – Prof. Steven Furber

Understanding the brain remains as one of the great frontiers of science – how does this organ upon which we all so critically depend perform its function as an information processing system? The SpiNNaker (Spiking Neural Network Architecture) platform has been developed to support real-time modelling of large-scale brain subsystems with the objective of accelerating Read more about 15th July – Building Brains – Prof. Steven Furber[…]

17th June – Our Changing Rivers and the Menace of Microplastics – Professor Jamie Woodward

Professor Jamie Woodward, Professor of Physical Geography and Head of the Department of Geography at The University of Manchester, will tell us about research in the Department of Geography at the University of Manchester which has shone a light on a new contamination issue in UK rivers. Microplastics are present in all the rivers of Read more about 17th June – Our Changing Rivers and the Menace of Microplastics – Professor Jamie Woodward[…]

20th May – Mass Spectrometry: History and Applications – Dr Mike Morris

Mass spectrometry is an analytical technique that has a long history in Manchester. This talk will discuss some of the background of the technique and how it evolved into a commercial business in the North West. Some applications of the technology that potentially affect our daily lives will also be discussed. Dr Morris received his Read more about 20th May – Mass Spectrometry: History and Applications – Dr Mike Morris[…]

15th April – Plastic Fantastic: Production of artificial antibodies to reduce the use of animals in research – Dr Marloes Peeters

It is estimated that on an annual basis, over 100 million animals are used in research across the world. A significant amount of these animal experiments involve the generation of antibodies, which are used in sensors for medical applications, in the food industry, for environmental monitoring, etc. In this talk, Dr Marloes Peeters from Newcastle Read more about 15th April – Plastic Fantastic: Production of artificial antibodies to reduce the use of animals in research – Dr Marloes Peeters[…]

18th March 2019 – Production of Heat and Electricity from Biomass Fuels – Mubashra Latif

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[…]

17th December 2018 – The 100,000 Genomes Project – Angela Douglas MBE

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[…]

19th November 2018 – Experiments with Space Rocks – Dr Rhian Jones

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[…]

15th October 2018 – What is the 4th Industrial Revolution and the IoT? – Martin Lorimer

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[…]