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Alternative fuel challenge explored at Southampton Science Café

Published: 10 March 2008

Finding viable alternatives to fossil fuels is one of the major technological challenges of the 21st century.

Professor Matthew Davidson from the University of Bath will explore one possible solution when Southampton’s Science Café continues its series of talks on Thursday 13 March.

Matthew’s talk ‘Biofuels: Sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels?’ will address some of the scientific and technological issues associated with biodiesel and explore how improvements might be made for future generations of biofuels.

The Science Café, which aims to show how science shapes our modern world, is held once a month from 7pm to 8.45pm at its new home at the Soul Cellar, 78 West Marlands Road, Southampton (

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

Science Café Co-ordinator, Dr Christian Kaiser of the University of Southampton, 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.’

The Science Café is free and no booking is necessary.

For more information, please contact Dr Christian Kaiser, Science Café Co-ordinator, on 023 8059 2073, email or visit

The University also has a varied programme of events planned for National Science and Engineering Week 2008 (7 - 16 March 2008), with opportunities for people of all ages to take part in science, engineering and technology activities. All events are free of charge.

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