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Filmhouse Café bar,
88 Lothian Road,
Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
 
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Monday 14th of November @ 8.30pm at The Flmhouse
 
Gravitational wave astronomy: a new window on the Universe

 

Speaker: Dr Jonathan Gair, School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh

Date: Monday, 14th of November 2016, 8.30pm

Venue: The Filmhouse Café Bar (88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ)

In February 2016, the international LIGO collaboration announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves by a manmade detector. The source was the final few orbits and merger of a system containing two black holes, each of which had mass thirty times the mass of our Sun. At its peak, the source was emitting energy into gravitational waves at a rate that exceeded the rate of energy emission of all the stars in the Universe combined. This detection came one hundred years after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves and after forty years of experimental effort and instrument development, but marks the beginning of a new type of astronomy. Using gravitational waves we will be able to probe systems that we cannot observe in any other way, so the scientific potential is immense. In this talk Dr Jonathan Gair will describe how we detect gravitational waves, what we have learnt so far and what we stand to learn in the future and discuss some of the experimental and theoretical challenges to realizing this science.

Short biography:

After completing an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Dr Jonathan Gair began a PhD at the Institute of Astronomy in the University of Cambridge, which he completed in 2002. He then moved to the Theoretical Astrophysics group at California Institute of Technology as a postdoc, where he began to work on gravitational wave detection. In 2004, he returned to Cambridge, first as a Research Fellow at St Catharine’s College and then as a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Institute of Astronomy. He moved to the University of Edinburgh in 2015, to take up a position as a Reader in the School of Mathematics. Dr Gair’s research interests are in mathematical modelling and statistical analysis, with a particular focus on applications to general relativity and the quest to deter and exploit gravitational waves. He is a member of the LIGO collaboration as well as the eLISA consortium that is building a space-based gravitational wave detector, and the European Pulsar Timing Array, which searches for gravitational waves through the accurate timing of millisecond pulsars.  

 

Monday 5th of December @ 7pm at Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh EH12 6TS

 
Cafe Scientifique at Edinburgh Zoo - RZSS Cat conservation

 

Speaker: David Barclay, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

 

 

Date: Monday, 5th of December 2016, 19:00 - 21:00

 

Venue:  Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh EH12 6TS

 

As usual the Café is FREE to attend but due to space limitations I would be grateful if you could sign up via the following link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rzss-cat-conservation-tickets-25402106384

 

 

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Monday 10th of October@ 7pm at The Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ
 
Cafe Scientifique at The Botanics - The Real Price of Food

 
Speaker: Toby Pennington, Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh, Tropical Diversity Section

 

Date: Monday, 10th of October 2016, 7.00pm

 

 

Venue: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Hope Gateway (Edinburgh EH3 5NZ)

As usual the Café is FREE to attend but due to space limitations I would be grateful if you could sign up via the following link https://cafescipriceoffood.eventbrite.co.uk

 

As part of the Edinburgh Café Scientifique programme Toby Pennington will open a discussion about the causes of deforestation in the world's most biodiverse forests in Latin America. These include increased demand for meat and the cultivation of soy bean, much of which is exported and used in animal feed. Come and find out what the solutions could be and how we as consumers can improve the situation.
 
 
Short biography:
 
Toby is head of RBGE’s Tropical Diversity Section, currently comprising more than 30 staff, post-docs and PhD students, and which aims to document and conserve poorly known and threatened tropical floras around the world. His own research focuses on Latin American tropical forests and is distinctive by not just concentrating on the Amazon rain forest, but also on its lesser-known and more threatened cousins, dry forests and savannas. He has done research and botanical exploration in 11 Latin American countries and has published more than 100 scientific papers and 10 books. Above all, he is deeply committed to environmental education and outreach, having supervised 50 PhD and MSc research students in Edinburgh and across the world.

 

 

 

 Friday 30th of September @ 8pm at The Golf Tavern, 30 Wright's Houses, Edinburgh EH10 4HR

High-Intensity Interval Training:  A Fast-Track to Better Health?

Speaker: Shaun Phillips, Lecturer in Sports Physiology, University of Edinburgh

 

Many people do not achieve the weekly levels of physical activity recommended for improving health, with one of the most common reasons being lack of time. High intensity interval training (HIIT – short bouts of high-intensity exercise interspersed with recovery periods) has received a lot of research attention over the last decade, and is also garnering increasing media exposure.  This research suggests that HIIT can stimulate many of the fitness and health gains associated with more traditional long duration training, but with a fraction of the time commitment.  Despite the positive outcomes of HIIT that are being documented in individuals at different stages of life and with a variety of health conditions, there is debate among researchers as to whether HIIT has a role to play in improving the health of the general public.  This talk aims to clarify and summarise our knowledge of HIIT and physical health and fitness by addressing the following questions: 1. What is HIIT?  2.  What physical improvements can be gained from HIIT?  3.  Who can do HIIT?  4.  Why is the appropriateness of HIIT still debated?  5.  What would employing HIIT into a daily routine look like?

 

Short biography:

Dr Shaun Phillips completed his PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Edinburgh in 2011.  He was a lecturer and researcher at Abertay University for a total of six years, and since January 2015 has been a lecturer and researcher in Sport and Exercise Physiology in the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.  Shaun has provided sport and exercise physiology support to a variety of athletes and organisations, including high performance triathletes and orienteers, Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian FC, the FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy, and the Scottish Institute of Sport.  He is also the exercise and health physiology advisor for the Professional Network of Physiotherapists in Eating Disorders.  Shaun has published numerous research papers, books, and conference presentations.  One of his research interests is peoples’ perceptions of HIIT, and how best to utilise HIIT in improving physical and mental health.

University of Edinburgh Profile:  http://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/shaun-phillips

Twitter:  @DrShaunPhillips

 

 
Monday 13th of June @ 8.30pm at The Filmhouse Cafe Bar, 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
 
Can science save us from bad drugs?
 
Speaker: Pete Kingsley, Centre for African studies, University of Edinburgh

 

 

 

Poor quality or fake medicines pose a major threat to human and animal health.  They can be unknowingly bought over the counter (particularly in the developing world, where regulations are often weak), or sold via dubious online retailers.  Fake drugs can cause death or illness from treatment failure, and equally alarmingly, under-strength drugs can worsen the spread of drug-resistant diseases.

A range of new technologies are emerging to help tackle this problem - electronic means of tracking drugs, forms of packaging that verify batches, and ultimately, cheap, simple means of testing drug quality as they are sold or used.  Can these new technologies help us tackle bad drugs?  Or do they distract us from tackling the underlying social and political causes of the problem?

 

Short biography:

 

Dr Pete Kingsley is a social scientist, and works as a Research Fellow in the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh.  He is interested in medicine, development, and policy in Africa, especially Nigeria.  Previously working primarily on HIV/AIDS, Pete now studies historical and present-day attempts to control trypanosomiasis ('sleeping sickness’) as part of a project called ‘Investigating Networks of Zoonosis Innovation’.

 

 
 
Monday 8th of May @ 8.30pm at The Filmhouse Cafe Bar, 88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
 
Are we more microbe or human?
 
Speaker: Luke McNally, Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, University of Edinburgh

 

 

 

Our bodies are home to an amazing number of microbes, with likely as many bacterial as human cells present in the average person. We are continually discovering new ways in which these microbes affect our lives, from changing our chances of developing conditions like diabetes to being linked to psychological conditions such as depression. In this talk Luke will discuss the ways in which the bacteria within us interact with our bodies to affect our health and behaviour. Luke will also discuss how these communities of microbes within us are formed, exploring the weird and wonderful world of warfare and cooperation between the bacteria within us.

 

Short biography:

 

 Dr. Luke McNally is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution at the University of Edinburgh. He did his PhD studying primate cognitive evolution at Trinity College Dublin before moving to the University of Edinburgh in 2012. His current research focuses on bacterial ecology and evolution, aiming to understand how and why bacteria help or harm us and each other.

 

Monday 15th of March @ 8.30pm at The Place (The Broughton Room), 34-38 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3HU
 
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs
 
Speaker: Stephen Brusatte, School of Geosciences, The University of Edinburgh
 
 
Monday 8th of February @ 8.30pm at the Filmhouse Cafe/ Bar
 
It's not all down to your genes: how the environment in early life shapes who we are
 
Speaker: Dr. Amanda Drake, BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science
 
 
Monday 14th of September @ 8.30pm at the Filmhouse Cafe/ Bar
 
The wondrously diverse world of animal reproduction and genetics
 
Speaker: Dr Laura Ross, University of Edinburgh
 
 
Monday 11th of May @ 8.30pm at the Filmhouse Cafe/ Bar
 
Why the compass needle points North
 
Speaker: Professor Kathy Whaler, University of Edinburgh

 

 

 Monday 13th of April @ 6.30pm at the Scottish Parliament

 
Pressing FIRE on the most powerful alser in the world,Dr Ceri Brenner
 
 
Monday 9th of March @ 7.30pm at the Botanical Gardens
 
City Bees, Bernard E Vaissiere

 

 

Monday 9th of February @ 8.30pm at the Filmhouse

 
 Crying Wolf, Joanne Foo
 
 
Monday 8th of December 2015 at the Zoo
 
Wildlife surgery - operating on everything from elephants to tarantulas, Romain Pizzi (Royal Zoological Society of Scotland)