Sharpen your interest and knowledge of science in an informal and friendly atmosphere. This is an opportunity for all members of the public to meet practicing scientists. Take part in the free debate/discussion while enjoying food and drinks from the Showroom café bar.
Monday 13th April
2015 - 7.00 pm
Where do Camels Belong?
Dr Ken Thompson, Recently retired lecturer (Dept. of Animal and Plant Sciences,
University of Sheffield) and author and writer.
camels belong? In fact, where does any species belong? And what
do we mean by belonging anyway? Even if we can decide where plants and animals
belong, we live in a world where we – humans – have moved tens of thousands of
species to somewhere else. Does that matter, and what – if anything – should we
be trying to do about it?
In an attempt to answer these questions, and others, Ken Thompson takes a
sideways look at alien species. Including the ‘is it native?’ quiz, this talk
is guaranteed to leave you better informed, but probably more confused, about
alien species than you were before.
Monday 11th May
2015 - 7.00 pm
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) New Media Competition: A
We would like you to help
us to judge the entries in our latest media competition that closes at the end
of March 2015.
The ability to
communicate, often complex ideas and findings, in plain English is an important
skill for modern researchers to have. We have invited our researchers or people
involved in NIHR research, to create short films (under 6 min) that will have the
effect of enthusing and informing patients, colleagues, friends, family and the public about this research and to enter them
into the NIHR New Media Competition.
Please come along
to Sheffield’s Café Scientifique
on Monday May 11th, where we will show the short-films and invite you to vote
for the winning entries and to tell us what aspects you liked and disliked
about each film.
For the rules of the
competition please see http://www.nihr.ac.uk/our-faculty/new-media-competition.htm
Entries into the March 2015 round will also be available to view nearer the
closing date at https://www.youtube.com/user/NIHRInterfaces where you
can also see entries to previous rounds.
was established in 2006 and is funded through the Department of Health. It
provides funding and support to outstanding individuals working in world-class
facilities, conducting leading-edge health research focused on the needs of
patients and the public.
1st June - 7.00 pm
Transients: Listening to our Water Distribution Networks
Richard Collins, Lecturer in Water Engineering, Pennie Water Group, Department
of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield
We supply about 14.5 million cubic meters of water a day to
households and businesses in England and Wales, (equivalent to the entire
contents of Ladybower Reservoir every 2 days). This water travels from
treatment works through 350,000 km of pipeline before coming out of our
taps. Much of this system is old and maintaining it to a level where we
can ensure a sufficient supply of safe, clean water is a huge engineering
challenge. This problem is compounded by the fact that we tend to bury our
pipes safely keeping them out the way and hiding them from view.
This talk will explain some of the key problems facing
water engineers in keeping this vital infrastructure functioning efficiently
and discuss some new techniques being developed that will hopefully allow us
detailed insight into the condition of these networks.