Cafe Scientifique

Cafe Scientifique

From the archive

This event last happened on 11 May 2015

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.

Where do 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

Public Judging Session

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  Entries into the March 2015 round will also be available to view nearer the closing date at  where you can also see entries to previous rounds.

The NIHR 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.

Monday 1st June - 7.00 pm

Pressure Transients:  Listening to our Water Distribution Networks

Dr 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.


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