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Café Scientifique Launceston Dates for 2013

Café Scientifique Launceston Dates for 2013

1 Tuesday 19th March Dr Pip Hayes
Population- does it matter?

The growing numbers of humans (1 million more every 5 days) is the main driver for this concern - yet it is potentially the easiest thing to influence, humanely and cheaply, if we would only break the taboo and talk about it. In her talk Dr Hayes will run through the reasons why population does matter and will introduce suggestions for addressing overpopulation. She hopes that senior Cafe Scientifique members will bring some younger people to the meeting.
Dr. Pip Hayes is a full time Exeter GP, mother of two and former Trustee of Population Matters ( up with a love of nature, and a keen watcher of everything David Attenborough has produced, she has always had a sense that humanity is significantly out of balance with the natural world.

2 Tuesday 16th April Professor Wade Allison
A Tragedy of Misunderstanding: there was no major radiation disaster at Fukushima.

Professor Wade Allison returns to Café Scientifique Launceston exactly two years after his visit in April 2011. On that occasion he was speaking in the immediate aftermath of the accident which occurred on 11th March 2011. Since then Wade has visited Fukushima and spoken there with those affected. He has lectured and published articles and videos at home and abroad .
He is currently writing another book enlarging on his discussion of attitudes to radiation.
He will explain the profound lessons of this accident for the future of our civilisation. These differ markedly from those given in traditional accounts but deserve the serious attention of everyone able to make up their own mind.

3 Tuesday 21st May Professor Stefan Nahorski
Drug Discovery- Ancient & Modern.

Stefan Nahorski is Professor Emeritus, at the University of Leicester. Until 2008 he was a member of the Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology at Leicester and was Head of Department from 1993-2006. His research has focussed on cellular signal transduction and drug action.
Stefan’s talk will range from our earliest knowledge of drug discovery to how this shaped approaches to modern drug development. Emphasis will be on cell-cell signal transduction as site(s) of action for drugs and will end with a look to the future.

June No Meeting

4 Tuesday 16th July Dr Stephan Harrison
The glaciation of Dartmoor.

For much of the last 70 years or so, it has been assumed by geologists that Dartmoor was unglaciated during the Quaternary when great ice sheets covered much of the British Isles and other mid-latitude continental landmasses. However, recent research has shown that a large plateau icefield and valley glaciers existed on Dartmoor and the evidence for this will be outlined in this talk.
Dr Stephan Harrison is Associate Professor in Quaternary Science, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, Penryn, TR10 9EZ .
He is Director: Climate Change Risk Management,
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August No Meeting

5 Tuesday 17th September Paul Sousek
Energy sustainability and resilience in practice.

Paul Sousek, who originally came from Prague in the Czech Republic, has created the first carbon neutral commercial farm in Cornwall and perhaps even in the whole of South West. He has transformed his farm in Jacobstow, Cornwall, in just 4 years from conventional farming to Transition farming. By this he means organic farming of native breeds to produce food for the local market using none, or a minimum of, fossil fuels in the process.

On-line shop:
Information: (Click Food Directory and look up Cottage Farm)
BBC Food and Farming, sustainable Farmer of the Year finalist
Highly Commended at Cornwall Sustainability Awards
Monthly SuperHome Open Days (
Speaker at national conferences, House of Commons and local groups on the future of energy, food and farming.

6 Tuesday 15th October Dr Andrew McGonigle
Volcanic smoke and mirrors - using remote sensing to understand volcanism.

Volcanoes release gases to the atmosphere both before and during eruptions. Measurements of these are very important in better understanding volcanic processes, and in terms of forecasting eruptions. Remote methods of collecting such data are clearly of great value, given the implicit dangers of working on volcanoes. In this talk optical techniques recently developed for this purpose will be described, as will the outcomes of their field deployment in a variety of volcanic settings.
Andrew is Reader in volcano remote sensing at the University of Sheffield

7 Tuesday 19th November To be arranged