WhereCurrently holding online cafes – links for individual cafes below

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

Upcoming events

Monday 7th February 2022
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away: glimpsing the cosmic dawn with the James Webb Space Telescope
Martin Hendry

In December 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope was launched from French Guiana on a million-mile journey to its final orbit, from which it will revolutionise our view of the distant universe. With a 6.5m wide mirror, JWST is much larger than the Hubble Space Telescope, and will probe even deeper into the cosmos, searching for the light from the very earliest stars and galaxies.

University of Glasgow astronomer Martin Hendry tells the story of JWST: the infra-red technology behind this remarkable space telescope, the extraordinary engineering challenges that were faced in getting it to orbit and the big science questions about the origin and evolution of the universe that we hope it will help us to answer.

Martin Hendry is Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Glasgow. He is a senior member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), the global team of more than 1400 scientists which made the first ever detection of gravitational waves in 2015 – a discovery that was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics – and a leading advocate of the new field of multi-messenger astronomy, that seeks to combine information from gravitational-wave detectors and from electromagnetic telescopes like JWST. In 2015 Martin was awarded the MBE for his services to the public understanding of science. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Monday 7th March 2022
Danny Renton

Danny Renton, the founder and CEO of the Scottish charity, , will talk about community-led efforts to restore biodiversity to Loch Craignish in Argyll and Bute. Over five years, the charity aims to restore one million native oysters to the loch and it has started Scotland’s first seagrass restoration project; planting 124 hectares of seagrass in 2021, with aims to double that in 2022. It will also share these low-cost, best-practice restoration methodologies with other coastal community groups.

Danny worked as a BBC Radio documentary-maker for many years, before living and working in Macedonia and Albania where he ran cultural heritage projects. He has a life-long passion for the sea and marine conservation and a Masters in Climate Change and Development.

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