UK: Kingston on Thames

Woody's, Ram Passage, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1HH
Last Tuesday of the month 7pm - 9pm

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Next Cafe Scientifique will take place on Tuesday 27/6/17, from 6:30pm in Picton Room, Kingston University

The Science Moth: 1 event, 5 stories 

(Note change of time and venue: this month we will be at the Picton Room at Kingston University's Penrhyn Rd campus and we will start at 6:30pm)

Tanya Boardman, Mark Fielder, John Fletcher, Ian Greatbatch, Paul Waller

5 speakers, 5 topics, 5 minutes each

Come along to hear science stories ranging from antibiotic resistance, to vitamin D via beign a scientist, sniffer dogs and the regulation of medicines.

Although we're in a different venue and starting a little earlier, there will still be the opportunity to enjoy some food and drinks alongside the talk.


Recent speakers   

Rockets, a UK Spaceport and Brexit - how will we continue to collaborate when we leave the EU?

Dr Adam Baker, Catena Space Ltd

A mix of technical rocketry, economic justification and politics.


It's good to talk: understanding cell communication to hit cancer where it hurts

Dr Richard Grose, Barts Cancer Institute, QMUL



Maths, Murder and Malaria


Steve’s research covers a wide range of subjects within evolutionary biology, including mathematical and computer models of molecular evolution. Much of his work focusses on the mathematics of spatial patterns, and in his talk he will explain how he has pioneered the introduction of geographic profiling – a statistical technique originally developed in criminology to prioritise the investigation of serial murders – to biology, for example, trying to find the breeding sites for mosquitoes that spread malaria. In a talk spanning mathematics, Jack the Ripper and great white sharks, Steve will explain how he used geographic profiling to investigate the identity of the artist Banksy and how he reanalysed a Gestapo case from the 1940s that formed the basis of a famous novel.

Dr Steven Le Comber; Queen Mary, University of London


Life on Mars

An exploration of the red planet and what life would be like.

Steven Cutts is a doctor and science writer with a long-standing interest in Mars exploration. He has published a novel "Viking Village" about Mars-based life.

Steven Cutts FRCS


Lies, Damned Lies, Science and Theology - why everyone should know the truth about science and religion

There is a prevailing and widespread notion that science and religion are in conflict. This is despite a large body of academic literature which offers a far more nuanced and richer perspective.  This talk will explore the prevailing caricature in the media, films and the twittersphere, and offer some different insights based on the academic literature which suggests that there is a far more interesting conversation to be had all round 

The Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston


Repair, Restore and Revive: The Restoration of the Temperate House. Susan Rhodes, Project Office Manager, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

 Just how complex can it be to restore a 150 year old marvel of glass and cast iron, a grade 1 listed building, inside a World Heritage Site, filled to overflowing with a precious collection of old, rare and endangered plants? Come along to Cafe Scientifique and join in the detective work and discussion in this interactive talk.


Can you really find true love on the Internet?  - And other things about online romance.


What do we find attractive?  How do people actually portray themselves online?  Can you have a virtual affair?  How can you maximize your chances of finding love online?  This session will examine all of these issues and will draw on current empirical studies on online relationships.  This talk will also cover some of the major research work on the online disinhibition effect, which suggest that we disclose more personal information, and do this more quickly in online environments.  In this session Dr Graff will also give some factual advice on how to construct dating site profiles, and the way to approach an online liaison with a potential dating partner.  With the explosion in the provision of online dating sites, including those dedicated to finding partners for affairs, this will also draw on some of the speaker’s own research on online infidelity, asking whether it is possible to have a virtual affair.

Dr Martin Graff is Reader in Psychology at the University of South Wales.  He is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist.  In April 2013, he was invited as a visiting research professor to Cortland University, New York, USA April 2013.  Dr Graff has published widely in the field of Internet behaviour, and has also written for the Psychologist in the area of Online Infidelity.  He also writes for Psychology Today and regularly speaks at events in the UK and Ireland.

Dr Veronique Boisvert from Royal Holloway University will speak on:

“After the Higgs: what next for the Large Hadron Collider?”

In 2012 our understanding of elementary particles made a giant leap with the discovery of the Higgs particle at the Large Hadron Collider located at CERN near Geneva. Since the end of 2012 the LHC has undergone a major upgrade to increase the energy of the colliding protons by almost a factor of two. I will review the Nobel-prize-winning, discovery-of-the-century Higgs particle and outline the next discoveries that we hope will emerge from the LHC collisions.


Tue 31 March, 7-9pm, Woody's, Kingston


Cafe Scientifique


Perception and Plasticity - How the world remakes your head


Dr Jan Lauritzen, Kingston University


Neural plasticity forms the basis of ‘learning’ – this Café will explore recent insights into how the brain forms new connections, and how this is dependent on sensory experience – from quirky perceptual phenomena to more profound aspects of personality.

Jan Lauritzen is a lecturer in Neurophysiology at Kingston University; his current research focusses on low-level visual processes and their plasticity in adults.


Tue 9th December, 7-9pm, Woody's, Kingston

Cafe Scientifique Special

Ebola: past, present and future!

Professor Mark Fielder, Kingston University


Tue 25th November, 7-9pm, Woody's, Kingston

‘Time to put science in charge of UK drug and alcohol policy’

David Nutt FMedSci - Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London



Prof Nutt will discuss the effectiveness of using the law to control drug use based on his past experience as the head of the ACMD.


He will explore the widespread use of illegal drugs like cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamine and how prohibition of drugs can also lead to increased problems amongst users and profits for criminal groups. He will also cover the media’s role in the ‘legalization’ debate and how some illegal drugs can be used as life-changing treatments for Multiple sclerosis, PTSD and cluster headache sufferers.