Tonight (Weds 3rd April): As tonight’s talk on Bacteriophages has been postponed, the PubSci team has assembled a fantastic alternative event.
Your hosts will take turns to speak for 5 minutes on a favourite scientific topic, using slides, artefacts and the power of words to wow and charm you. After each talk there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.
After the interval we shall host a discussion with the whole room on the question: “Does the media have a duty to accurately report on Science or is Climate Change Denial protected by Freedom of Expression?”
See this recent case for the current context:
Please join us as usual upstairs at the Old King’s Head at 6:30 for a 7pm start.
Don’t forget it’s Happy Hour until 7.
Please note that Michael Byford’s talk on Bacteriophages has been postponed until Weds 1st May due to unforeseen circumstances.
The PubSci team apologises for the late notice – however, we won’t leave you at a loose end this evening. Please come to the Old King’s Head as usual, 6:30pm on Weds 3rd April.
In Part 1 the team behind PubSci will present a series of short talks on our favourite scientific topics. After the break we discuss the question: “Does the media have a duty to accurately report on Science or Is Climate Change Denial protected by Freedom of Expression?”
See this recent case for the current context:
PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Michael Byford’s talk has been postponed and will now take place next month, on Weds 1st May. Please see our latest blog post for news on the alternative PubSci event we are hosting tonight.
On Wednesday 3rd April [edit: now moved to Weds 1st May] we’re delighted to welcome back microbiologist Dr Michael Byford, one of our most popular past PubSci speakers. Michael will talk about bacteriophages and their potential for combating antibacterial resistant infections.
One of the earliest micrograph images of a bacteriophage alongside a diagram of its structure.
Bacteriophages (phages for short) are viruses that infect and kill bacteria. They are ubiquitous and the most abundant biological entities on Earth. They have major applications in basic research and offer hope in fighting bacterial infections in the face of the alarming rise in antibiotic resistance.
Dr Byford was until recently Senior Lecturer in biochemistry and microbiology at London South Bank University.
He previously worked at the University of Oxford for Professor, Sir Jack Baldwin FRS on antibiotic biosynthesis and for DEFRA on a number of research topics including mad cow disease.
He was Senior Research Fellow at the University of Washington, before returning to Southampton, where he gained his degrees, to incept their ongoing work into neuroblastoma, an aggressive paediatric cancer.
Michael currently teaches microbiology at the University of Portsmouth
Join us upstairs at the Old King’s Head, near London Bridge station. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start and as usual the event is free, but we will have a whip-round to cover speaker’s expenses.
PubSci is back after the January break, and we start our new season with a topic that is sure to get everyone talking.
On Wednesday 6th February we’re delighted to welcome Dr Yasemin J. Erden, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, with interdisciplinary research interests. In this month’s talk, Yasemin tackles the popular belief that human brains are essentially “wet computers”.
Intel-ligence Inside…? The brain has been likened to a binary computer since the dawn of the digital age – but are we right to do so? (Image courtesy of mporady.pl)
Dr Erden argues that the brain is not a computer, nor even much like one. Drawing on both philosophy and psychology, she demonstrates how metaphor can trick us, and language can seduce us into accepting mechanistic models of the brain. Join us for the first PubSci of 2019 to learn why paying attention to this kind of detail is central to understanding our meaning-centred, meaning-structured brains, and why purely mechanistic accounts inevitably fail.
We look forward to a wide-ranging discussion after her talk.
Dr Yasemin J. Erden. (Image courtesy of SMU, Twickenham)
Yasemin is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at St Mary’s University with interdisciplinary research interests from science and technology to philosophy of language, aesthetics, and ethics. She is Vice Chair of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) and a member on the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. In her spare time she is unavoidably committed to watching too many disappointing football games.
Join us upstairs at the Old King’s Head, near London Bridge station. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start and as usual the event is free, but we will have a whip-round to cover speaker’s expenses
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On Wednesday 5th December we have our annual PubSci quiz. As usual we will have homegrown questions that don’t involve soaps, sports or “celebrities”, but they may involve cake. The fun of taking part aside, we will also have cash prizes, spot prizes and of course peer-reviewed drinking.
It’s just £3 to enter and with a maximum team size of six, although you can come on your own or in smaller groups and join up with others on the night. So join us upstairs at the Old King’s Head, near the Borough Road exit from London Bridge station. Doors open at 6:30pm for a prompt 7.30pm start – we hope to see you there!
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On Wednesday 7th November we’re excited to welcome James Maclaine, Senior Curator of Fish at the NHM, London. James will be talking about some of the bizarre fishes he has encountered at the NHM and their adaptations for life in extreme environments.
James Maclaine with Great White Shark jaws, via Wildlife Photographer of the Year on Twitter ()
James Maclaine studies the fishes found in the some of the deepest parts of the ocean. In over 20 years curating the Fish Section at the Natural History Museum, James has assisted scientists, artists and Hollywood megastars access the huge research collection at South Kensington, and he recently assisted with the NHM’s current Life In The Dark exhibition with regard to deep sea species.
Humpback Anglerfish, by Javontaevious, 2011
Join us upstairs at the Old King’s Head, near London Bridge station. Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start and as usual the event is free, but we will have a whip-round to cover speaker’s expenses.
On Wednesday 3rd October we’re delighted to welcome Luís Tojo, grants adviser in neuroscience and mental health for the Wellcome Trust, who will be talking about current research on the use of psychedelic drugs as antidepressants. We expect this event to be extremely popular based on previous talks about related topics, so please reserve your free place using this link as we will need to limit numbers on the night for the sake of comfort and safety.
Luis has previously published an extensive review on novel psychoactive substances (aka legal highs), and researched the fast-acting effects of ketamine on human stem cells (specifically IPS cells) and the effects of conventional antidepressants and fatty-acids on neurogenesis and as anti-inflammatories.
Join us upstairs at the Old King’s Head, near London Bridge station. Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm start and as usual the event is free, but we will have a whip-round to cover speaker’s expenses and you will need to book to ensure a place.