UK: Bangor

Blue Sky Cafe, Bangor
Ad hoc events, mainly in winter months

The café is organised by Annette who works for the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology


Annette Burden
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Wednesday 18th January 2017

Lifting the lid: Ongoing adventures in the world of pseudoscience

What happens when you begin to crack the surface of the pseudosciences that surround us? It reveals the surprising, sometimes-shocking and often-comic adventures that lie beneath.

Michael Marshall. Project Director of the Good Thinking Society




Recent speakers   




Wednesday 26th October 2016

Are hospitals safe? How could we make them safer?

This talk will highlight current research into patient safety and reduced cardiac arrests and mortality from severe infection using safety methods from nuclear industry and aviation.

Dr Chris Subbe. Consultant Physician, School of Medical Sciences, Bangor University



Wednesday 13th April 2016

Don't look down.... The remarkable Ernst Haeckel

A remarkable biologist, heretic, philosopher and artist. An author of beauty, who shaped how we see the world. He discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology. Darwin's friend, and advocate of change.

Dr Dylan Evans. Independent, bilingual, ecological project manager.



Wednesday 2nd March February 2016

Don't miss, don't miss, Doh! Why and when do you do the very thing you were trying to avoid?

Dr Matthew Barlow. Institute for the Psychology of Elite performance, Bangor University



Wednesday 10th February 2016

From Where to Here: The evolution of consciousness

Samantha Kay. MA Psychology

Julian Jaynes's theory first posited in 1976 uses evidence from psychology, archaeology and ancient literature to track the evolutionary watermark of our consciousness; from developing the skill of attention for enduring tasks, to the first deliberate burials, and sifting through our history of things and ideas. Taking what science says about human mental health, we will look at how Jaynes's theory fits the elements of gods, human will, and responsibility, as outlined in his book The origin of consciousness in the breakdown of the bicameral mind.



Wednesday 15th October 2014 *Note change of week*

Riddles in the Dark: The discovery of the Higgs Boson at the LHC

Dr Barry King. University of Liverpool and CERN



Wednesday 4th June 2014

Close your eyes, Open your mind: When science collides with philosophy of life

Prof Guillaume Thierry. School of Psychology, Bangor University



Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Green Biorefining: From Plants to Products

Dr Adam Charlton. BEACON Project Manager - Bangor University

The talk will focus on products (chemicals, fuels and packaging) which can be produced from grass, using a concept called biorefining. This method offers the opportunity to use plant material as an alternative to crude oil, from which many everyday products are currently manufactured.




Wednesday 5th February 2014

Fifty bucks, if you stay away! - Is it wrong to pay people in developing countries to protect their ecosystem? 

Dr Martin Skov. School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University

Focusing on East African mangrove forest ecology, ecosystem services and people, Martin will ask: are money-based incentives for conservation, such as carbon trading, another form of neo-colonialism or a good way to boost community development in developing countries?



Wednesday 6th November 2013

"8kg CO2 offsets please madam": calculating the carbon bill of your dinner

Dave Styles, Bangor University


Questions covered:

Why bother calculating carbon footprint?

How does food production affect climate?

What are the main sources of agricultural Green House Gases (GHG)?

Dave will also look at some examples of typical food footprints and the possible impact of land use change on results



Wednesday 2nd October 2013

The NASA cricket team, Anglesey and Apollo

Dave Wright, Space Connections




Wednesday 17th April 2013

Reconstructing ocean circulation using the longest-lived animals on Earth

James Scourse, School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University and Director of the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W)



Wednesday 13th February 2013

The Romans in Gwynedd: Archaeology without a trowel

Dave Hopewell, Gwynedd Archaeology Trust.



Wednesday 7th March 2012

Is there life in the Universe?

Professor Deri Tomos, School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University.

Starting with the question 'What is life?', Deri will take us through life on Earth to end with the questions of when (and where) life will end...



Wednesday 1st February 2012

Handedness and the brain

David Carey, School of Psychology, Bangor University



Tuesday 6th December  *Note change of day*

Anglesey's amazing journey from Antarctica to its present position

Angela Honey from GeoMôn - Anglesey Geopark



Wednesday 2nd November 2011

Spying on the private lives of exciting animals: essential information or a real drag?

Lucy Hawkes, School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University



Wednesday 8th June 2011

Biomimicry for design

Denise DeLuca

'Biomimicry for design' is the application of biological strategies to the design of products and processes. 'Business inspired by nature' is the application of principles from nature to organisations and businesses.



Wednesday 11th May 2011

Mycobacteria: a link between disease and immunity?

Mark Baird, School of Chemistry, Bangor University



6th April 2011

Photons and pixels make pictures

John Farrar, (



2nd March 2011

The good, the bad and the ugly truth about 3-D movies

Simon Watt, Bangor University

A vision scientist's view of the health risks of 3-D television and cinema



2nd February 2011

Return of the wolf - reintroductions and conservation

Mick Green, Ecology Matters Ltd



3rd November 2010

Pain - a puzzle to be solved

Thanthullu Vasu, Consultant in Anaesthetics and Chronic Pain (Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board)



6th October 2010

When beliefs become facts and vice versa

Guillaume Thierry, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience (School of Psychology, Bangor University)



2nd June 2010

Plate tectonics in action: the geology of Snowdonia

Paul Gannon



5th May 2010


Tim Blackstock, Countryside Council for Wales (CCW)



14th April 2010

Dear honey-bee, what have we done to you?

Wally Shaw, Anglesey Beekeepers’ Association



Wednesday 3rd March 2010

The neuroscience of why we believe things that aren't true

Oliver Turnbull, Professor of Neuropsychology and head of the School of Psychology, Bangor University



Wednesday 3rd February 2010 Re-launch event!

The future of Wales's environment

John Farrar, Professor in Biological Sciences, Bangor University



Wednesday 4 February 2009

Food miles and rural livelihoods

Paul Cross, SENR, Bangor University

Is it better to buy banana from Barbados or a burger from Bethesda? Should we be supporting farmers in Gwynedd or Kenya? Or should we just leave it all to the market?


Thursday 4 December 2008

The sounds of music: art or science?

Sam Ellis, School of Music, Bangor University, will demonstrate devices for making music.


Wednesday 3rd September 2008

Biofuels or food?

John Witcombe


Wednesday 2nd July 2008

Science and the war on the 'English Disease': psychology, identity and the policing of football violence

Clifford Stott

Dr Stott tries to explain and predict how crowds behave on the basis of social identity and inter-group dynamics. He has worked closely with police forces across Europe, for example helping the Portuguese police to plan their strategy for the Euro 2004 championships, and is funded by UK police forces to research responses to football related 'disorder' in the UK. He is also, according to an England fans website, 'a top bloke who always goes out of his way to speak up on behalf of England supporters'.


Wednesday 4th June 2008

Whose land is it anyway? Market mechanisms and tropical conservation

Julia Jones, Bangor University


Thursday 6th March 2008

Climate Change: a long-term (geological) perspective

Mike Hambrey, Institute of Geography and Earth Science, Aberystwyth University


Thursday 8th February 2008

Quantum Mechanics

George Lafferty, School of Physics & Astronomy, Manchester University


Thursday 10th January 2008

Ending ageing

Aubrey de Grey


Thursday 1st November 2007

Genetically modified organisms: good science or awful sin?

Chris Giddon, Bangor University


Thursday 4th October 2007

Climate change

Benny Peiser, Liverpool John Moores University


Thursday 3rd May 2007

Wildlife DNA forensics: Badgers, bombs and bestiality

Rob Ogden, Wildlife DNA services


Thursday 8th March 2007

The psychology of artificial life

Rob Ward, Bangor University


Thursday 1st February 2007

Organic agriculture cannot feed the world

John Witcombe, Centre for Arid Zone Studies


Thursday 11th January 2007

Trusting doctors: parental perceptions of MMR vaccination

Shona Hilton, Medical Research Council


Thursday 7th December 2006

Power from deserts: concentrating solar energy

Gerry Wolff, Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Co-operation


Tuesday 5th September 2006

Mad cows and Englishmen

John Jeffreys, University of Birmingham


Tuesday 1st August 2006

Life without water

Ehsan Masood, The Gateway Trust


Tuesday 6th June 2006

Heavy metals from the sky

Ed Tipping, Centre for ecology & hydrology


Tuesday 4 April 2006

Everything you wanted to know about evolution, but were too afraid to ask...

David Booth, Queen's University, Belfast


Tuesday 7 March 2006

Why climate change in polar regions should concern us all

Geraint Tarling, British Antarctic Survey


Tuesday 8 November, 2005

'Is nature conservation in the UK simply gardening?'

Gareth Edwards-Jones, University of Wales


Tuesday 4 October, 2005

'Uranium, Oil and our Energy Future'

Paul Mobbs, Mobbs' Environmental Investigations


Tuesday 6 September, 2005

'Does religion have an evolutionary history?'

Robin Dunbar, University of Liverpool


Monday 25 April, 2005

'Does Science have the whole story?'

Toby Murcott, Science Writer


Tuesday 3rd May, 2005

'Is anybody out there?'

Simon Godwin, Astrophysicist