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Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

The Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique is the public and FREE Science Interest Group of the Basingstoke Friends Social Club.  The meetings and talks are all public events (though some external events such as theatre trips require advance payment and/or booking) which are open to anyone with an interest in learning more about the latest ideas in Science and Technology.

You can find out more about the Basingstoke Friends Social Club at:

www.basingstokefriends.org.uk

You can join this Cafe sci Meetup group free of charge to receive email notifications of our talks and any science and technology talks, debates and lectures that we hear about in the local area.

We run our own talk and discussion meetings with an invited speaker on the last working Monday of every month (except in December). These are held from 7.30pm at the Tea Bar, 9-13 London Street, Basingstoke RG21 7NT in the Top of Town area of Basingstoke..

You are welcome to arrive at the monthly meeting venue any time from 6.30pm onwards for drinks and cakes etc.  The main talk starts at 7.30pm and usually lasts around 30 to 40 minutes. There is then a short break after the talk for you to get more drinks and cakes etc before we go into the main discussion session.  We generally aim to finish at around 9.00pm with some time afterwards until 10.00pm for you to chat to the speakers and other members.

We aim to provide members with information about a wide range of events that may be of interest.  We include on the web site details of Cafe Scientifique meetings in Reading, Winchester and Southampton plus those of our local Skeptics in the Pub rational debating groups in Reading and Winchester.

For any queries about Cafe Scientifique in Basingstoke, contact the organizer Bob Clifford at the email address below:

info@cafesci-basingstoke.org.uk


 
  www.meetup.com/cafesci-basingstoke

What's Coming Up - Next 10 Events
From: Wed 24 Apr 2019
10 events listed.

WINCHESTER SKEPTICS: PROF DANNY DORLING - WE "LEFT" THE EU BECAUSE OF HAMPSHIRE 
Meetup Thu 25 Apr 2019 
Location:   The Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester
Time:   19:30
Meeting:   This is an external event hosted by Winchester Skeptics in the Pub
Basingstoke Cafe Sci subscribers are invited to the talk hosted by Winchester Skeptics In The Pub. Tonight's talk is titled “We 'left' the EU because of Hampshire” and is hosted by Prof Danny Dorling who is the Halford Mackinder Professor in Geography at the University of Oxford.

Winchester Skeptics hosts a guest speaker on the last Thursday of every month. They provide an opportunity for people who are interested in science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking to socialise and discuss matters of interest.

WHAT'S THE EVENING ABOUT?
In Hampshire 546,267 people voted to leave the EU in June 2016, some 54.0% of all those who voted in the county. Hampshire was never singled out as a hotbed of leave voters and yet the people of this county, along with just a few of the other English Home Counties, were crucial to securing the referendum result. So why was this not commented upon at the time, or later – and what might it mean for how little we understand ourselves?

Its time for a few home truths about the geography of who we are, how we got here, and where we are most probably going.

Don’t worry – the talk still works even if Theresa May cancels article 50 (she can do it without anyone’s permission) – or even if we get a peoples’ vote and that is for Remain.

THE SPEAKER:
Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor in Geography at the University of Oxford. He was previously a professor of Geography at the University of Sheffield, and before then a professor at the University of Leeds. He earlier worked at academic posts in Newcastle, Bristol, and New Zealand. He went to university in Newcastle upon Tyne, and to school in Oxford. He was born in 1968.

Much of Danny’s work is available open access (see www.dannydorling.org). With a group of colleagues he helped create the website www.worldmapper.org which shows who has most and least in the world. His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education, wealth and poverty. His most recent book, with Sally Tomlinson, was published on January 15th 2019: ‘Rule Britannia: Brexit and the end of Empire’ concerning what the 2016 EU referendum and 2019 ‘exit’ told us about the British.

He is a patron of the charity Roadpeace, an Honorary Patron of Heeley City Farm, Sheffield, and a Senior Associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is now working on ‘Slowdown’ during 2019. His next book, about slowing down…
THE VENUE:

Tonight the suggested donation (at the door) for each talk is £5 which doubles as an entry into a book raffle.

The Licensed front cafe bar at the Winchester Discovery Centre area will be open from 7.00pm. The talks for Winchester Skeptics in the Pub start at 7.30pm in the main theatre.

SKEPTICS IN THE CURRY HOUSE ...
After the show, there is a group of Skeptics who go to the nearby Gurkha Inn for a late night curry. Everyone is welcome to join in if there is space ... it is first come, first served on spaces.

This event is hosted by the Winchester Skeptics in the Pub


WIN SCI CENTRE: TACTILE UNIVERSE: ENGAGING THE VISION IMPAIRED WITH ASTROPHYSICS 
Meetup Mon 29 Apr 2019 
Location:   Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Telegraph Way, Winchester
Time:   19:00
Meeting:   This is an external event hosted by Winchester Science Centre
Dr. Nicolas Bonne (University of Portsmouth)

Abstract:
Astronomy is perceived to be one of the most visual sciences, which means that people with vision impairments can easily feel excluded from engaging with the subject. The Tactile Universe is an on-going public engagement project based at the University of Portsmouth's Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation. Our focus is on creating accessible activities and resources that will enable members of the vision impaired community to engage with current research topics within astrophysics and cosmology, with an emphasis on inspiring and raising the aspirations of school students. The current focus of the project is on creating 3D printed tactile versions of galaxy images. These can be used to explain topics related to galaxy research, such as what galaxy shape and galaxy colour can tell us about a galaxy's past and present. By allowing the audience to interact with our tactile models throughout this presentation, we will introduce you to the resources that we have developed, and talk about the project's current national expansion, training workshops and school visits.

The Lecturer:
Dr Nic Bonne is a blind, Australian astrophysicist and outreach officer based at the University of Portsmouth whose research area is galaxy evolution. Nic is currently project lead for The Tactile Universe - a public engagement project to make current astrophysics research accessible to people with visual impairments. Nic also works as an advisor and consultant on a number of other national and international VI accessible astronomy projects.


BASINGSTOKE: "PIGEON POST TO HOLOGRAM PHONES: FUTURE OF WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY" 
Meetup Mon 29 Apr 2019 
Location:   The Tea Bar, 9 London Rd, Basingstoke
Time:   19:30
Meeting:   Hosted by: Bob Clifford, Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique Organiser
The speaker for the April 2019 meeting of Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique at The Tea Bar will be Katla Satyanarayana from Southampton University. The subject of this evenings talk will be "From Pigeon Post to Hologram Phone Calls: The Future of Wireless Technology"..

DESCRIPTION:
Wireless communication has evolved from pigeon-post to paging, voice calls, text messages, video calls – and now Internet everywhere. It has become the ubiquitous means of socialising, doing business and of entertainment. There are around 5 billion mobile phones in use through which we transmit around 60 terabytes of data every month. And yet, this is just the beginning – the future is even more exciting as we are moving from the internet-of-things to holographic video calls, which can conjure up the image of a person right in the room when we talk to them.

However, one of the key issues of this technology, is whether we have the capacity to accommodate all these users at a high quality-of-service. An obvious solution to circumvent this problem is to increase the bandwidth used. But we only have a limited bandwidth. In this talk, I shall shed light on how to address this problem.

VENUE:
The Tea Bar doors will be open from around 6.45pm before the talk which starts at 7:30pm, so you can get yourself a drink and have a chat with other participants. We will aim to finish around 9:00pm as usual, though everyone will be welcome to stay around and have a chat with the speaker until around 10:00pm.

The format of the evening is usually a talk of 30 to 40 minutes, followed by a short break so the audience can refill their glasses and buy cakes before questions and discussions about the talk. Entry is free and open to everyone, but we do encourage you to buy a tea, coffee or drink (and cakes) at the bar to show your support for The Tea Bar who sponsor the meeting by providing the venue.

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

Hosted by: Bob Clifford, Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique Organiser


CAFE SCI & MAKERSPACE: OPEN EVENING AND SOCIAL AT WETHERSPOONS 
Meetup Tue 30 Apr 2019 
Location:   Basingstoke Makerspace, Maritime House, 65 New Road, Basingstoke
Time:   19:00
Meeting:   Hosted by Basingstoke Makerspace - straight through the door into the rear of the building
Science and Tech enthusiasts in Basingstoke Cafe Sci who like their technology a bit more practical are invited to try out something new at the Basingstoke Makerspace Open Evening from 7.00pm. For more details about Basingstoke MakerSpace, see their web site below:

http://www.basingstokemakerspace.org.uk/

SOCIAL AT MAIDENHEAD INN, WINCHESTER STREET
Afterwards we join up with the Basingstoke Friends and Basingstoke Makerspace members in the Maidenhead Wetherspoons pub from around 9.00pm for a drink and a chat. We are normally somewhere near the front of the pub ... look for the Basingstoke Friends table sign.


RDG CAFE SCI: "INSPIRING WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD OF AI" 
Meetup Wed 1 May 2019 
Location:   Smokin Billy's Bar-B-Q, 61 St. Mary's Butts, Reading. RG1 2LG, Reading
Time:   19:00
Meeting:   An External Event Hosted by Ceri Brenner at Reading Cafe Scientifique
Reading Cafe Sci would like to extend a invitation to the Basingstoke Cafe Sci followers to attend this free talk. Tonight will be presented by Ying Zhou, a hands-on business focused technology leader who will present "Inspiring women who changed the world of AI". The presentation will be followed by a Q and A session.

FREE ENTRY. Restaurant is open from 6pm

SUMMARY:
It seems that every day we hear how AI is impacting people’s life across the world. Whether it’s the assistant in your smart speaker, self-driving cars, or assisting doctors to diagnose complex medical conditions. This is a journey full of adventure and opportunities. In this talk I would like to introduce you to the typical problems faced by the AI industry and the female pioneers who have helped pave the way in this fourth industrial revolution.

SPEAKER
Ying is a hands-on business focused technology leader passionate about AI and big data. She is head of the AI Applications platform in Oracle and works with the Senior leadership team to develop the vision and strategy for Oracle’s AI platform. She is responsible for leading multiple teams in delivering high performance AI platform. Before Oracle, Ying has worked in both financial and telecom sectors to transform legacy systems with modern big data architecture.

Format and Venue:

Smokin' Billy's will be open for at least half an hour before the talk which starts at 7.30pm, so you can get yourself a drink and have a chat with other participants. The discussions will aim to finish around 9.00pm, though everyone will be welcome to stay around and have a chat with the speaker afterwards.

The format of the evening is usually a talk of 30 to 40 minutes, followed by a short break so the audience can refill their glasses, before questions and discussions about the talk. Entry is free and open to everyone, but we do encourage you to buy drinks to show your support for Smokin Billy's who sponsor the meeting by providing the venue.

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

Be enthused, Be inspired, Join in the discussion #RdgCafeSci

This is an external event hosted by: Reading Cafe Scientifique


CAFE SCI & MAKERSPACE: OPEN EVENING AND SOCIAL AT WETHERSPOONS 
Meetup Tue 7 May 2019 
Location:   Basingstoke Makerspace, Maritime House, 65 New Road, Basingstoke
Time:   19:00
Meeting:   Hosted by Basingstoke Makerspace - straight through the door into the rear of the building
Science and Tech enthusiasts in Basingstoke Cafe Sci who like their technology a bit more practical are invited to try out something new at the Basingstoke Makerspace Open Evening from 7.00pm. For more details about Basingstoke MakerSpace, see their web site below:

http://www.basingstokemakerspace.org.uk/

SOCIAL AT MAIDENHEAD INN, WINCHESTER STREET
Afterwards we join up with the Basingstoke Friends and Basingstoke Makerspace members in the Maidenhead Wetherspoons pub from around 9.00pm for a drink and a chat. We are normally somewhere near the front of the pub ... look for the Basingstoke Friends table sign.


UNIV. READING: THE BASIS OF AUTONOMY IN PSYCHOLOGY 
Meetup Thu 9 May 2019 
Location:   G11, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, Reading
Time:   20:00
Meeting:   This is an external event hosted by University of Reading
The University of Reading is delighted to host this special free public event in G11 at Henley Business School on the Whiteknights Campus at 20:00.

Admission free. Booking is essential due to the popularity of these events. Further details at the address below:

http://www.reading.ac.uk/15/about/newsandevents/Events/Event792040.aspx

ALBERT WOLTERS PUBLIC LECTURE 2019

Professor Daniel Dennett has been awarded the Albert Wolters Visiting Distinguished Professorship by the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences.

Autonomy is a fancy word for self-control. It comes in degrees, and while some varieties can be largely the achievement of unconscious control—for instance, the abilities to stand, walk, run and avoid obstacles—the morally important varieties require consciousness: you can’t make a promise or be “moved by reasons” without the ability to entertain alternatives, think about both the past and the future, and make informed decisions under uncertainty.

We are not born with these abilities and achieving the level of autonomy of a morally responsible agent takes years of experience and maturation. This self-control is the only variety of free will worth wanting, and it has nothing to do with whether physics is deterministic or not. A thought experiment about emancipating a drone, making it more and more autonomous, reveals the outlines of the role of language and consciousness in making us the sorts of things that can be trusted to keep a promise.

Admission free, booking essential.

Contact: 0118 378 6718 / events@reading.ac.uk


READING GEO SOC: "LIMESTONES, MICROBES AND VIRUSES" 
Meetup Mon 13 May 2019 
Location:   Sorby Room, Wager Building, (formerly Geoscience), The University of Reading, Whiteknights, (Use Car Park 8), Reading
Time:   19:45
Meeting:   This is an external event hosted by Reading Geological Society
Lectures are open to all and there is no charge for admission. However regular attendees are expected to become members of the Reading Geological Society.

Time: 7:45pm for 8:00pm
Venue: Sorby Room, Wager Building, (formerly Geoscience),
The University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading.
Use Car Park 8

Role of bacteria and viruses in carbonate precipitation
Prof. Maurice Tucker, University of Bristol

SUMMARY
Carbonate rocks, that is limestones and dolomites, are a feature of the sedimentary record, right back to the oldest strata (~4200 Ma old). Common types in England are shelly-reefal limestones, as in the Silurian and Carboniferous, oolites (like the Bath stone), deeper-water limestones like the Chalk, and microbialites (like the Cotham 'Landscape' Marble in the Bristol area).

Although the roles of bacteria are well known in the formation of stromatolites (which go right back to the early Precambrian), totally ignored is the possibility that viruses may be involved in limestone deposition. Viruses are everywhere, in greater abundance than bacteria, but dependent upon them.

New evidence from modern microbial mats and from lab experiments is showing that viruses can be permineralised and can influence carbonate precipitation. Could viruses provide the seeds for limestone formation? This talk explores the potential role of viruses in carbonate precipitation. Viruses are the new frontier in Earth Science…

SPEAKER
Professor Maurice Tucker is a visiting Professor at the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. His interests are in rocks that fizz: limestones and dolomites, but also evaporites too, and even clastics. His focus is on the deposition, diagenesis and geochemistry of carbonate sediments of any age from any where – from those forming today, right back to some of the oldest. He is part of the Carbonates Research Group in Bristol, headed by Fiona Whitaker and works very closely with Mirek Słowakiewicz (OGU Bristol-Warsaw) and Edoardo Perri (Calabria) on biomarkers, microbes and viruses in modern microbial mats, Zechstein dolomites and other carbonates.


CAFE SCI & MAKERSPACE: OPEN EVENING AND SOCIAL AT WETHERSPOONS 
Meetup Tue 14 May 2019 
Location:   Basingstoke Makerspace, Maritime House, 65 New Road, Basingstoke
Time:   19:00
Meeting:   Hosted by Basingstoke Makerspace - straight through the door into the rear of the building
Science and Tech enthusiasts in Basingstoke Cafe Sci who like their technology a bit more practical are invited to try out something new at the Basingstoke Makerspace Open Evening from 7.00pm. For more details about Basingstoke MakerSpace, see their web site below:

http://www.basingstokemakerspace.org.uk/

SOCIAL AT MAIDENHEAD INN, WINCHESTER STREET
Afterwards we join up with the Basingstoke Friends and Basingstoke Makerspace members in the Maidenhead Wetherspoons pub from around 9.00pm for a drink and a chat. We are normally somewhere near the front of the pub ... look for the Basingstoke Friends table sign.


READING ASTRO SOC: "ATMOSPHERES OF EXTRASOLAR PLANETS 
Meetup Sat 18 May 2019 
Location:   St. Peters Church Hall, Earley, Reading
Time:   19:00
Meeting:   This is an external event hosted by Reading Astronomical Society
Prof Matt Griffin from Cardiff University will be presenting Atmospheres of Extrasolar Planets for the Reading Astronomical Society.

Prof. Griffin’s talk will be on the next major step-change in investigating exo-planet atmospheres. ARIEL, (Atmospheric Remote-sensing Exoplanet Large-survey) selected by ESA to analyze the atmospheric composition and true nature of distant worlds is planned to be launched on an Ariane 6 in 2028.

After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

Overflow parking in the school next door is OK for Saturday sessions.



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