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

Future Science Cafés

Thank you so much for your support, attendance and interest in our monthly science cafes over the last few years. We hope you will agree that there have been some lively, interesting and even controversial debates held in the top room of The Raven pub over that period!

We’ve been able to run the events because of the generosity of the team at The Raven for lending us their room, and the volunteer efforts of academics, organisers and speakers.
Sadly a few of our key organisers have had to step down in the last few months, which means we no longer have the capacity to run these events. The result is we are going to have to suspend the cafes for a while – but very much in the hope that we can recruit some new committee members in the future.

We’ll try to keep you posted about developments and hope we won’t be away for too long. We hope that creating an open format in which communities and researchers can come together in an informal setting to discuss sometimes big scientific issues of our time has been both informative and enjoyable for all involved.

Thanks again for your interest and support,
Science Café organising team


9th April 2018: Alzheimer’s Disease: How Plaques Tangle our Waves

Jack Birch, Shuna Whyte & Gabriella Symons, Department of Pharmacology, University of Bath

We are three students from the pharmacology department at the University of Bath, who are trying to increase public engagement with disease research. As such we hope to convey the science behind Alzheimer’s disease and briefly explain the current treatments. We will then demonstrate how brain waves are connected to Alzheimer’s disease, and their exciting potential for use in future treatments or detection of Alzheimer’s disease.


12th March 2018: Watching the world’s volcanoes

Dr Juliet Biggs  School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol

800 million people around the world live on or next to a volcano – many of whom rely on warnings to keep them safe from eruptions. But how can we tell if a volcano might erupt? And with over 1,500 volcanoes on land, how can we monitor them all? Juliet Biggs introduces a ground-breaking initiative developed by a multi-institution team at the Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET), which will transform the way we monitor and respond to volcanic risk around the world. (comet.nerc.ac.uk)

Juliet Biggs received BA and MSci degrees in Natural Sciences in 2003 from the University of Cambridge where she specialised in geology and geophysics. Since then, she’s been using satellite data to study active tectonic processes such as earthquakes and volcanoes. She received her PhD in 2007 for my work on the earthquake cycle in Alaska and then spent 2 years in Miami working on volcanoes in Central and South America. In 2010, she moved to the University of Bristol and now works on using satellites to monitor volcanoes around the world, and the tectonics and volcanism of the East African Rift. In recent years, she has won awards from the American Geophysical Union, the British Geophysics Association and Lloyds of London.

Link: Juliet Biggs