17th August – Psychedelic Medicine: past, present and future – Prof Jo Neill

Prof Jo Neill will discuss psychedelic medicine. She will focus on psilocybin (the active component of magic mushrooms). Together we will explore the history of its use, the drug laws that impede research at all levels, how and why this research was stopped, and recent re-emergence of this work. We will investigate the pharmacology of Read more about 17th August – Psychedelic Medicine: past, present and future – Prof Jo Neill[…]

20th July – Cosmological and Biological Evolution – Andrew Planet

Evolution has become a byword ever since its inception into the scientific paradigm after Charles Darwin informed us of the concept through his phrase “descent with modification” when in 1859 he published On the Origin of Species. That entails biological evolution through natural selection on our home planet.  All life on Earth, the Earth itself Read more about 20th July – Cosmological and Biological Evolution – Andrew Planet[…]

15th June – Alzheimer’s Disease – What goes wrong in the brain? – Dr Michael Harte

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a physical disease that affects the brain. It is named after Alois Alzheimer, the doctor who first described it in 1906. AD is a chronic neurodegenerative (loss of brain cells) disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time. With current treatments for AD only providing temporary symptomatic benefits, disease Read more about 15th June – Alzheimer’s Disease – What goes wrong in the brain? – Dr Michael Harte[…]

18th May – Did The Universe Really Start With A Big Bang? – Kieran Finn

WHY ARE WE HERE? This question has been argued about by people in pubs throughout history. But now, thanks to cutting-edge telescopes, we can start to address it in a rigorous, scientific way. In this talk Kieran Finn from the University of Manchester will discuss the Big Bang Theory, which is the leading scientific theory Read more about 18th May – Did The Universe Really Start With A Big Bang? – Kieran Finn[…]

20th April – How Do You Observe 1.33 Billion Km3 of Ocean? – Dr Matt Donnelly

This question will be asked by Dr Matt Donnelly, Lead Data Scientist, UK Argo Programme. The oceans play a key role in the climate and provide a habitat for a wide range of marine life, but with an average depth of 3.7km and a surface area of 360 million km2, how on earth do you collect the Read more about 20th April – How Do You Observe 1.33 Billion Km3 of Ocean? – Dr Matt Donnelly[…]