SciBar in West Didsbury, Manchester
If you have a general interest in science, then a free Didsbury SciBar event is a good place to learn a bit more, or to ask the questions you’ve always wanted answered.
The speaker varies every month. You don’t have to know about the subject, or indeed about science – just turn up to one of our free monthly science meet-ups with an inquiring mind.
Topics are fairly diverse; from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology. If one month’s subject of discussion isn’t grabbing your interest, keep an eye on our events calendar as we’ll inevitably be discussing something totally different the following month.
We are a laid back and welcoming bunch – there’s no membership or obligation; just drop in to one of our monthly Monday evening events for a bit of education, a chat, debate and some great beers and food in a relaxed atmosphere at West Didsbury’s own ‘hidden gem’ – The Albert Club, Old Lansdowne Road, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 2PA
Our events typically finish officially at around 20:00 but the ensuing discussions can inevitably continue all evening and there is always a core of Scibar attendees still socialising in the bar at closing time.
Whilst most of our audience demographic is 18+, past topics have been of interest to both A-Level and GCSE student age groups. Accompanied under 18s are welcome in accordance with the rules of the venue. If in doubt, please get in touch.
The Albert Club is equidistant between the West Didsbury and Burton Road stops on the Manchester Metrolink tram network – a 5 minute walk down Lapwing Lane then on to Old Lansdowne Road – and just off the main 43/143 south Manchester bus corridor. The Albert Club is on your left, set back from the road as you approach from Lapwing Lane – if you reach the junction with Queenston Road, you’ve missed it by 100m.
From Didsbury village, turn onto Barlow Moor Road at the main traffic lights at the Wilmslow Road junction, cross the junction with Palatine Road then turn right onto Old Lansdowne Road opposite The Woodstock pub. The Albert Club is on your right just beyond Queenston Road.
From further afield, heading in to Manchester from the M56/A5103, turn right at Southern Cemetery (signposted ‘Didsbury’) onto Barlow Moor Road. Old Lansdowne Road is 3rd on the left beyond the petrol station and after the first set of traffic lights. The postcode for your satnav is M20 2PA or what3words – never.spin.needed
There’s secure bike storage and free car parking onsite.
Didsbury SciBar is open to all – you don’t need to be a member of The Albert Club to attend, although we would recommend that regular attendees consider supporting the club as social members, if only for the member prices at the bar.
If you can’t attend in person, have a look at our online events – we’re livestreaming where we can.
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Didsbury SciBar 2023/24 Events at The Albert Club
Every 3rd Monday of the month at The Albert Club, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 2PA. These are free events – no pre-registration required – just drop in. The talk starts at 18:45 and typically runs until around 20:00. The Albert Club is open until 23:00 and guests are welcome to stay and socialise.
Following on from a incredibly popular event in 2022, we are delighted to welcome Dr Steve Barrett from University of Liverpool back to Didsbury SciBar. Although it took only three minutes to make our Universe (see Steve’s previous talk –… Read More »20th November – The End of Everything – Dr Steve Barrett
Prof Peter Simpson joins us at Didsbury SciBar to delve into the fascinating world of nucleic acid-based medicines. The Covid-19 vaccines are estimated to have saved more than 20 million lives during the pandemic. Two of these vaccines used a revolutionary… Read More »18th September – Nucleic acid-based medicines – new tools for old diseases – Prof Peter Simpson
Michael Hardie from The Leprosy Mission presents at Didsbury SciBar discussing the people affected by leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) in Bangladesh and the efforts the Leprosy Mission is making to prevent any more cases of Leprosy.
Is there anybody out there..? This question – summed up in the famous Drake equation – has for a half-century been one of the most intractable and uncertain in science.
Gary Gilbert presents at Didsbury SciBar discussing the science and thoughts behind a possible answer to life in the universe.
Prof Sue Kimber joins us at Didsbury SciBar on 19th June 2023.
Sue is Professor of Stem & Developmental Biology, Division of Cell Matrix Biology & Regenerative Medicine at the University of Manchester.
Dr Elizabeth Evans from NXCT presents at Didsbury Scibar in April.
We will take tour into the sublime, the spooky and the stunning of the natural world and beyond through the medium of 3D X-ray scans.
High levels of radiation make nuclear reactors a uniquely challenging environment for the materials that they’re built from. But Why? The short answer is; radiation tends to make metals weak and brittle. But again, why? In this free science event,… Read More »20th March – Materials Challenges in Nuclear Energy – Dr Alex Carruthers
20th February – Solar Flares – the most powerful explosions in the solar system – Prof Philippa Browning
Solar flares are dramatic explosions in the outer atmosphere of the Sun – the solar corona. They produce electromagnetic radiation and beams of high-energy charged particles, which can have serious detrimental effects on space instrumentation and on power systems and… Read More »20th February – Solar Flares – the most powerful explosions in the solar system – Prof Philippa Browning
Cathy Eagle, a PhD student from University of Liverpool, Stephenson Insitiute for Renewable Energy joins us in person and online at SciBar this month to discuss whether CO2 can be useful. Cathy’s talk will cover; Carbon dioxide and the environment… Read More »16th January – Can Carbon Dioxide Be Useful? – Cathy Eagle
The terahertz (THz) region of the electromagnetic spectrum, which lies between microwave and infrared, offers a number of exciting opportunities for scientists and engineers. Already we are seeing new airport security scanners, medical diagnostics, tools for process monitoring in manufacturing,… Read More »21st November: Terahertz Radiation – a new tool for scientists and engineers – Dr Darren Graham
UnSupervised is a new project and concert series created by the Machine Learning for Music (ML4M) Working Group – a community of composers and audiovisual artists exploring the creative use of emerging Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies. It combines expertise… Read More »17th October – UnSupervised – Tasos Asonitis
Defending the coast from flooding is a challenging job, especially with the uncertainty of climate change and rising sea level. To improve coastal flood hazard forecasts and how our coastal schemes are designed, we need to be able to observe… Read More »15th August – New Ways To Measure Coastal Wave Hazard – Dr Jenny Brown
Since the human lineage split from out closest ape relatives some 7-8 million years, the evolutionary history of our species has seen major changes in all aspects of our biology showing increasing adaptability to very different environments. In this talk,… Read More »18th July – The Evolutionary Transitions in Human Evolution – Dr Reinmar Hager
In 2020 the Royal Astronomical Society celebrated its 200th anniversary. From the first meeting, when fourteen gentlemen sat down to dinner at the Freemason’s Tavern in London in January 1820, the Society has grown to a diverse membership of more… Read More »20th June – The Next Blink of a Cosmic Eye: Astronomy in the next 200 years – Dr Megan Argo
Social media often is a large part of our daily lives and psychologists have been increasingly interested in understanding how it affects us. This session gives an overview of the scientific research on social media. This includes exploring how psychologists… Read More »16th May – The Science of Social Media – Dr Linda Kaye
Imagine the face of a familiar person: can you form a mental picture of them? Can you imagine seeing their smile, maybe even “see” them standing next to you? Or perhaps you have no picture in your head at all.… Read More »18th April – The Diversity of Visual Imagination: Insights from 126 interviews – Dr Reshanne Reeder
With the climate crisis, urban air pollution and energy security constituting some of the most significant challenges facing society, a wholesale transformation to “e-mobility” is considered a solution of global relevance. In exploring the carbon footprint of different modes of… Read More »21st March – Transport Futures: e-mobility and the decarbonisation of travel – Dr Richard Waller
21st February – Maintain your zinc intake – A way to improve memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease? – Dr Catherine Lawrence
Inflammation is a response of our immune system that occurs following infection or tissue damage to help us fight infection and promote tissue repair. However, too much inflammation or inflammation that occurs under inappropriate circumstances (e.g. in the absence of… Read More »21st February – Maintain your zinc intake – A way to improve memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease? – Dr Catherine Lawrence
Invasive plants have a bad reputation. Is this notoriety well-deserved, or have they been misunderstood? In this talk, Dr Arthur Broadbent from University of Manchester will lay out the charges against invasive plants, followed by a rebuttal that may be… Read More »17th January – Invasive Plant Species: Bogeyman or Ecological Disaster? – Dr Arthur Broadbent
The Beginning Of Everything – A brief description of the origin and the very early history of the Universe. After the Big Bang it took about three minutes to make all the constituents of the Universe and give it a kickstart.… Read More »15th November – The Beginning Of Everything – Dr Steve Barrett
In this talk Dr Anne Katrin Schlag will speak about medical cannabis in the UK and its long road from principle to practice. November 1st 2021 will mark the third ‘anniversary’ of the rescheduling of cannabis as a medicine –… Read More »20th September – Medical Cannabis in the UK: From principle to practice – Dr Anne Katrin Schlag
Life is full of stressful waits, from the delay between taking exams and getting your results, to organisational restructures at work, to the long, grinding experience of living through a seemingly unending COVID lockdown. In this talk, I’ll cover research on… Read More »16th August – Coping With Stressful Waiting – Dr Clare Jonas
New technologies are changing the way we collect data across the geosciences, and none more fundamentally than the introduction of unoccupied aerial systems (or drones). Suddenly, we can not only see the Earth from a new perspective, but also collect… Read More »19th July – Above and Beyond: Drones are changing the way we monitor volcanoes – Dr Emma Liu
21st June – Something In The Way You Move- Understanding human movement with biomechanics – Dr Jo Reeves
Dr Jo Reeves completed her BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Bath in 2013 and PhD in biomechanics at the University of Salford in 2019. Jo has worked in labs around the world in the… Read More »21st June – Something In The Way You Move- Understanding human movement with biomechanics – Dr Jo Reeves
Prof Ian Robson joins us to talk about Pluto, how it was discovered and how discovery and observations of KBOs eventually led the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 2006 to declassify Pluto from being a planet. Although ‘what is a… Read More »17th May – The Pluto Story – Prof. Ian Robson
19th April – The behaviour, biology, ecology, and conservation of Pelagic thresher sharks in the Philippines – Dr. Simon Oliver
This is a continuation of Simon’s original talk in November 2020. Pelagic sharks are poorly understood because of limitations inherent in studying them in situ. Knowledge that pelagic thresher sharks (Alopias pelagicus) regularly visit specific locations in the Philippines presented… Read More »19th April – The behaviour, biology, ecology, and conservation of Pelagic thresher sharks in the Philippines – Dr. Simon Oliver
RNA splicing is an essential process in all human cells. RNA splicing takes bits of information from our genes and combines them together to make many different proteins required for correct organismal development and function. The RNA splicing process can… Read More »15th March – Splice up your life! RNA Splicing in Health and Disease – Prof Raymond O’Keefe
Did you know that some people see music as they listen to it, taste the words they speak, or feel it on their own body when someone else is touched? These people are synaesthetes, and I’m one of them! I’ve… Read More »15th February – Synaesthesia And The Psychology Of The Senses – Dr Clare Jonas
RESCHEDULED DATE – 18th JAN 2021 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… Read More »18th January – Psychedelic Medicine: past, present and future – Prof Jo Neill
It is not a fashion show, but how medicines are being tailored to certain people depending on genetics and other characteristics making mediations safer and patient centered. Dr Doug Steinke, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacoepidemiology from University of Manchester joins us… Read More »21st December – Personalised Medicine: putting the bling in medications – Dr Doug Steinke
16th November- The behaviour, biology, ecology, and conservation of Pelagic thresher sharks in the Philippines – Dr. Simon Oliver
Pelagic sharks are poorly understood because of limitations inherent in studying them in situ. Knowledge that pelagic thresher sharks (Alopias pelagicus) regularly visit specific locations in the Philippines presented an unique opportunity to study new aspects of their behaviour and… Read More »16th November- The behaviour, biology, ecology, and conservation of Pelagic thresher sharks in the Philippines – Dr. Simon Oliver
When we think about the role of the fire service, our first thought is probably “putting out fires”, but what about all those other emergencies that we encounter in life? For example; You’re held up on the motorway due to… Read More »19th October – Science and the Fire Service – Dr Sarah Bergin
21st September – Atomic Anthropocene: Nuclear Culture from Bananas to Bombs – Dr Becky Alexis-Martin
In this talk Dr Becky Alexis-Martin explores how nuclear science and culture have merged since 1945 – from the Pip-Boys of Fallout gamers to the Kataribe tales of Hiroshima survivors. Becky will present a pit-stop tour of international research into… Read More »21st September – Atomic Anthropocene: Nuclear Culture from Bananas to Bombs – Dr Becky Alexis-Martin
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… Read More »20th July – Cosmological and Biological Evolution – Andrew Planet
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… Read More »15th June – Alzheimer’s Disease – What goes wrong in the brain? – Dr Michael Harte
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… Read More »18th May – Did The Universe Really Start With A Big Bang? – Kieran Finn
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… Read More »20th April – How Do You Observe 1.33 Billion Km3 of Ocean? – Dr Matt Donnelly
16th March – Upgrading Technically Challenging Grass Clippings for Power Generation through Additives Addition – Mubashra Latif
Approximately one third of the world`s population still lacks access to electricity due to the unavailability of fossil fuels locally, the rise in their costs on the international market and the lack of a suitable infrastructure. The utilisation of small-scale… Read More »16th March – Upgrading Technically Challenging Grass Clippings for Power Generation through Additives Addition – Mubashra Latif
What happens when contrails – airplane condensation trails – appear in the works of art? What happens when artists paint or photograph contrails and how does this act affect the status of contrails as environmental phenomena? Do contrails count as… Read More »17th February – Is It A Crime To Love Contrails? – Dr Vladimir Jankovic
20th January – Weaponising the Immune System in the Battle Against Cancer – Prof Richard Edmondson & Caitlin Waddell
It’s often talked about as the “battle against cancer” but how does the body actually fight back against this disease and more importantly how can we help it do better. At last we understand at least part of this process… Read More »20th January – Weaponising the Immune System in the Battle Against Cancer – Prof Richard Edmondson & Caitlin Waddell
16th December – The behaviour, biology, ecology, and conservation of Pelagic thresher sharks in the Philippines – Dr. Simon Oliver
Pelagic sharks are poorly understood because of limitations inherent in studying them in situ. Knowledge that pelagic thresher sharks (Alopias pelagicus) regularly visit specific locations in the Philippines presented an unique opportunity to study new aspects of their behaviour and… Read More »16th December – The behaviour, biology, ecology, and conservation of Pelagic thresher sharks in the Philippines – Dr. Simon Oliver
Talking and singing comes naturally to most of us so it is easy to overlook how truly remarkable the voice is. Mixing biology, physics and psychology, Trevor will explore the workings of the voice looking at accents and different singing… Read More »18th November – Now You’re Talking – Prof. Trevor Cox
The Arctic is changing very quickly because of climate change and globalisation. Increasingly, the two aspects are linked and changes in the Arctic’s environment are accelerating. Climate warming in the Arctic is twice as fast as the global average rate… Read More »21st October – The Changing Arctic And It’s Global Consequences – Prof. Terry Callaghan
Our immune system protects us against infection and promotes repair. However, during disease our immune system can also turn against us and make disease worse. This is true in Alzheimer’s disease. My lab at the University of Manchester aims to… Read More »16th September – Discovering New Ways to Tackle Dementia – Prof. David Brough
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… Read More »15th July – Building Brains – Prof. Steven Furber
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… Read More »17th June – Our Changing Rivers and the Menace of Microplastics – Professor Jamie Woodward
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… Read More »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… Read More »15th April – Plastic Fantastic: Production of artificial antibodies to reduce the use of animals in research – Dr Marloes Peeters
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… Read More »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… Read More »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… Read More »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… Read More »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.… Read More »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… Read More »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… Read More »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… Read More »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… Read More »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… Read More »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… Read More »19th March 2018 – A Story of Radioactivity: A Glowing Tale – Dr Louise Natrajan