|The Robert Gillow Pub
64 Market Street
|First Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm|
Everyone is welcome at Lancaster's Cafe Scientifique - whether you are keen to discuss or just listen. See you soon.
|Michael Whitfield; Beth Penrose; Chris Englefield|
Wednesday 5th June 2013
Your Nitrogen Footprint
You are probably familiar with carbon footprinting - but did you know that you can calculate your nitrogen footprint too? Nitrogen is used for fertilising crops and this fertiliser takes energy to produce.
Wednesday May 1st 2013
Radiation: Friend or foe?
We all know that radiation is dangerous, don’t we? It is, but is it quite as bad as its press suggests? In fact we live in and have evolved in a naturally radioactive world. On a day to day basis, radiation is used to diagnose and treat illness, as an energy source, and to make critical safety checks in construction projects. It can also be used to kill on a huge scale.
Regulation protects people and the environment from harmful side effects of beneficial and illegal uses of radiation.
Wed 3rd April 2013
The New Psychiatrists' Bible
Five loaves and two fishes: can local food feed the world?
With the world’s population projected to reach 9 billion by 2050 there is talk of a global food security crisis. Across the globe, a range of initiatives are taking place in an attempt to avert this crisis, from scientists working to develop crops that will be more resistant to the impacts of climate change, through to the development of new, hi-tech forms of urban farming which could see food being grown in disused office blocks. But what about smaller, more local and community oriented ‘grow your own’ initiatives – such as the rise of urban foraging, community and ‘guerrilla gardening’? Such initiatives are often overlooked because the volume of food that they produce is relatively small. However, I’ll argue that they remain a vital component of food security, since they have the potential to transform the ways in which we relate to the environment and each other...
February 6th 2013
Keeping research real: science for social change
We know that conservation is as much about people as it is about biodiversity; all ecosystems are influenced by people and conservation is dependent on managing, appreciating, and involving people across all walks of life. But how can we best involve communities to participate in this process? How can we ensure that the scientific results are relevant for decision-makers? This talk will explore questions surrounding the existing gap between science and management in conservation, taking an in-depth look at the case of doing ecological research in the most biodiverse place on the planet: Madidi National Park, Bolivia.
Richard Bardgett spoke on ‘The vital importance of soil’ at the Café Scientifique in January.
Dec 5th 2012
Science and Religion: Is it a Phoney War?
Wednesday November 7th 2012
Slaughtering the Amazon