|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
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
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
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
'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, (www.fragileland.co.uk)
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
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?
Wednesday 2nd July 2008
Science and the war on the 'English Disease': psychology, identity and the policing of football violence
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
George Lafferty, School of Physics & Astronomy, Manchester University
Thursday 10th January 2008
Aubrey de Grey
Thursday 1st November 2007
Genetically modified organisms: good science or awful sin?
Chris Giddon, Bangor University
Thursday 4th October 2007
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