UK: Reading

Smokin' Billy's
61 St. Mary's Butts
Selected Mondays, 7:30pm


Cafe Scientifique in Reading is held at Smokin' Billy's each month on selected Mondays and is supported by the Thames Valley branch of the British Science Association and the University of Reading. 


All ages welcome! Order food beforehand and get 20 % off your bill!


There's no entry fee, just come along with an enquisitive mind to learn about all things science. If you have any suggestions for future talks, or even better, would like to give one, just get in touch. 



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Recent speakers   

Monday 5th September 2016

Fermi's Paradox

Stephen Webb


Monday 3rd October

Antibiotic resistance

John Broughall


Monday 7th November

Soil yourself

Rebecca Philip


Monday 5th December

Chocolate and the neurobiology of depression


Ciara McCabe


13th October, 2014

High Flyers and Pollinators: tracking the movements of bees and other pollinating insects

Jason Lim 


Insect migration and spatial movement have significant implication in our modern agricultural and ecological systems. The use of harmonic radar to study the movement and foraging behavior of low flying insect pollinators such as honeybee and bumblebee in agricultural landscapes allows us to understand the consequences for their population dynamics and crop and wildflower pollination. On the other hand, insect echoes recorded from our vertical looking radars offers better understanding of the movement of high flying insect in the spatial structuring of insect populations and prediction of these patterns. Jason's work using entomological radars has recently led to major advances in our understanding of how long-range migrants such as the Silver Y moth and Painted Lady Butterfly successfully move between breeding locations separated by hundreds of kilometres in just a few days.


8th September, 2014

Training the brain to beat the pain

Tim Salomons

Tim will describe how the brain shapes the experience of pain and give an overview of his research into how our thoughts change this process.  In particular, he’ll discuss some of his recent findings suggesting that training individuals to think differently about pain can alter not only their emotional response, but their actual sensitivity to painful stimuli.