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The University of Southampton

Lift off for the Southampton Science Café

Published: 10 October 2007

Find out how science shapes our modern world with the launch of the Southampton “Science Café” on Thursday 25 October.

The Science Café will be held once a month from 7.00 to 8.45pm at Borders, in West Quay Retail Park, Southampton.

A short talk (20-30 minutes) by world-leading scientists on their cutting-edge scientific research will be followed by a question and answer session and a discussion of the science presented and its impact, all in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

Dr Christian Kaiser from the University of Southampton, Science Café Co-ordinator, comments: "Scientific research affects everyone. Yet most people do not engage with science at all because most of the scientific output is aimed at specialists rather than the general public. The Science Café provides a venue for discussing science and its impacts with experts in a friendly and informal way."

Professor Mike Lockwood from the University of Southampton’s School of Physics and Astronomy, will give the first talk entitled 'Global Warming: Causes, Predictions and Ways to Reduce the Impact'. Professor Lockwood’s research, recently quoted in Nature, the Economist and on BBC News, has eliminated solar change as the last remaining alternative explanation to man-made climate change. He will talk about the consequences for the planet’s inhabitants and also how there are ways that governments can limit the effects if they act quickly.

There will be further talks in the series on 22 November and 24 January on subjects such as ‘The Search for Life in the Universe’ and ‘The Frontier of Particle Physics and the Large Hadron Collider’.

The Science Café is free and no booking is necessary.

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