WhereCurrently holding online cafes – links for individual cafes below

Under normal circumstances:
Waterstones Bookshop
Sauchiehall Street
WhenFirst Monday of the month, 7pm
ContactMandy MacleanKevin O’Dell, Martin Hendry
WebsiteGlasgow Cafe Scientifique

Upcoming events

Monday 1st March 2021
How to be an animal
Melanie Challenger

Think you’re an animal? Think again… For thousands of years, our myths and even seemingly rational beliefs have told us that humans are split between an animal bit and a spiritual bit – the body and the soul/the body and the mind. It follows that our animal bodies have been thought of as somehow lesser or even something we can engineer or escape. But is this true or even possible?

Melanie argues that these ideas about being human lie far back in evolutionary history. For one thing, we’re aware that being animal is threatening to us. We can be hurt. We will die. And being animal is also morally confusing. It’s hardly surprising, then, that we’ve spent much of history trying to avoid being animal. But nowadays we can engineer our biology in ways our ancestors could never have imagined. What will the future of the human animal look like?

Melanie Challenger works as a researcher on the history of humanity and the natural world, and environmental philosophy. Her books include On Extinction and How To Be Animal. She is a current member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Monday 5th April 2021
With a little help from psychology: using effective learning strategies
Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel

What is the best way to study? Are we intuitively already using the most successful learning strategies? What does research in Cognitive Psychology (an area that – among other things – investigates how our memory works) suggest and what are the practical implications that we can use to inform our learning and teaching?

Carolina will provide an overview of the most promising learning strategies – all tried and tested over many years, many experiments, and in different settings. She will give an overview of the implications of these findings, discuss why changing one’s study habits is so difficult, and offer ideas on how to motivate the adopion of successful study habits.

Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel is a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Glasgow. Her expertise focuses on learning and memory phenomena that allow can be implemented in educational settings to offer teachers and students a wide range of strategies that promote long-term retention. Carolina is convinced that psychological research should serve the public and, to that end, engages heavily in outreach and science communication. She is a member of the Learning Scientists and founded the Teaching Innovation & Learning Enhancement (TILE) network. TILE brings different disciplines and sectors together to discuss how to overcome prevailing issues in education with research-based approaches. Carolina is passionate about teaching and aims to provide her students the best learning experience possible. In her free time, Carolina enjoys going on family trips to explore the beauty of Scotland, listening to her vinyl records, reading books, or watching movies and series. You can follow her work on Twitter @pimpmymemory.

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