Welcome to Headingley Café Scientifique!
Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place around the world in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.
For general enquiries, email Cafe Sci.
Live Cafes have currently paused as part of the Governments’ measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
But several cafes are experimenting with taking the cafe online.
Headingley Café Scientifique holds regular monthly meetings to hear eminent speakers on all things scientific.
The events are very popular with lively discussion and informative talks. Topics are always relevant, cutting edge and up-to-date. They are often taken from a wider global discussion.
You can also get a drink at the bar at the interval or after the meeting.
All are welcome. The Café is held at The New Headingley Club on St Michael’s Road.
For information on topics please check the Meetings pages for updates or for more information join our email list from the Contact section.
Entry to each event is usually £3
Monday 26th April 2021
Jonathan Sadler on “A walk on the wild side – examining the impact of urbanisation on city biodiversity and ecological service production“
The impact of urbanisation sprawl at city margins, and the intensification of landscapes in cities, on the loss of species and biotic homogenisation is well documented. However, the tracking of urbanisation impacts has garnered less interest. This discussion will emphasise the links between changes in urban form through to ecological processes and functions and finally to service provision. It will also address some of ways in which humans cause additional ecological disruption in cityscapes through pervasive issues such as noise and artificial light pollution at night (ALAN), including emphasising some of the unintended impacts that has on animal populations. Finally, we will consider why any of this is of any importance to city dwellers through recent burgeoning discussions and the theorisation of the therapeutic effects of access to nature for people.
Jon Sadler is a biogeographer and ecologist at the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on species population and assemblage dynamics in animals (sometimes plants). His work is interdisciplinary, bisecting biogeography, ecology, urban design, riparian management and island Biogeography. It uses approaches that combine detailed field studies, field and laboratory experimentation, sometimes with social science to examine the links between environmental variability and species (including humans) responses. His research has implications for understanding and responding to the impacts of climate and environmental change variability on urban and island ecosystems, hydrological systems, riparian/riverine ecology, the management/conservation of freshwaters.
Monday 24th May 2021
Christian Calvillo Munoz on “Electric Vehicles – the silver bullet to decarbonise transport?”
With the increasing need to tackle climate change, electric vehicles (EV) seem to be a straightforward way to decarbonise transport but what will be the cost the EV revolution?
Christian will discuss the ‘pros and cons’ of the EV technology, and will try to find answers to some of the big questions around the costs of large-scale EV penetration. Should the government subsidise EVs to foster its adoption? Who (and how) should pay for the required infrastructure? How is this likely to affect electricity prices? What would be the impact on the economy?
Christian Calvillo Munoz: is a Research Associate at the Centre for Energy Policy, UNiversity of Strathclyde. He has a strong interest in the energy transition and expertise on energy system models, and the analysis of energy efficiency and the decarbonisation of heat and transport. Christian completed his PhD as a part of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate on Sustainable Energies Technologies and Strategies (SETS), with studies developed in Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands. His current career objective is to continue to develop high quality research and collaborative work, and to keep developing skills to become a successful academic.
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