The Science Café is a chance to informally explore the latest ideas in science and technology and debate the issues. All are welcome.

The next Science Café will be in September

We break now for the summer so the next café will be on September 11th. Check back here at the beginning of September for details of the next talk. Alternatively use the link on the right to subscribe to our monthly E-mail.

If you have an idea for a future Science Café, whether you have a suggestion for a talk, can recommend a speaker or even want to come and give a talk yourself, then please get in touch.

Have a good summer.


24th July 2017: Bread, wine and genes: evolution of the plant species we eat

Michael Purugganan Visiting Professor and acting Global Chair of the Milner Centre for Evolution and Dean of Science, New York University

Michael is a leading expert in evolutionary, ecological and functional genomics of plants. He has transformed our understanding of the domestication of many of the world’s most important foods. Michael will talk about his research into the process of plant domestication and how whole genome sequencing is used to understand the origin and diversification of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) and rice.

Note: This talk is not on the 2nd but the 4th Monday this month. The next talk will be in September as we break for summer.

Link: Milner Centre for Evolution


12th June 2017: New technology for cleaner oceans – biodegradable microbeads from cellulose

Janet Scott Centre for Sustainable Chemistry, University of Bath

Microbeads are little spheres of plastic less than 0.5 mm in size that are added to personal care and cleaning products including cosmetics, sunscreens and fillers to give them a smooth texture. However they are too small to be removed by sewage filtration systems and so end up in rivers and oceans, where they are ingested by birds, fish and other marine life.

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