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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: Fri 22 Feb 2019
10 events listed.

CAFE SCI & MAKERSPACE: OPEN EVENING AND SOCIAL AT WETHERSPOONS 
Meetup Tue 26 Feb 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.


WINCHESTER SKEPTICS: " NĀSTIKA: ATHEISM IN INDIAN PHILOSOPHY" 
Meetup Thu 28 Feb 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 “Nāstika: Atheism in Indian Philosophy” and is hosted by Dr Surja Datta is a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.

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?
Indian philosophy is full of interesting ideas on materialism and atheism. This might come as a surprise to many. In the popular Western imagination, India is a land that is full of mystical gurus and religious fervor; a spiritual hotbed- a place where you ‘find yourself’, whatever that may mean. So, the news that the idea of ‘falsificationism’ was anticipated by Indian materialists (known as Charvakas) 1700 years before Karl Popper came up with the argument, may lead to cognitive dissonance. Indian materialists denounced the authority of the Vedas, ridiculed the idea of reincarnation, and rejected mind-body dualism. In fact, there is very little in Indian materialism that is not backed up by modern science.

The talk will focus on the main tenets of Indian materialism originating from the atheist branch of Indian philosophy, alternately called Charvaka, Lokāyata, and Bṛhaspatya. It will also suggest reasons for their obscurity in India and elsewhere.

THE SPEAKER:
Dr Surja Datta is a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. His latest book "A History of the Indian University System: Emerging from the Shadows of the Past" is published by Palgrave Macmillan. His current book project is provisionally titled "The Creative Society: Calcutta 1815- 1955”. Surja became interested in Indian materialism while researching for his current book.

THE VENUE:

Tonight the suggested donation on the door is £3 for 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


CAFE SCI & MAKERSPACE: OPEN EVENING AND SOCIAL AT WETHERSPOONS 
Meetup Tue 5 Mar 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.


CAFE SCI & MAKERSPACE: OPEN EVENING AND SOCIAL AT WETHERSPOONS 
Meetup Tue 12 Mar 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.


BASINGSTOKE 5G - "5G ON THE DOORSTEP?" 
Meetup Wed 13 Mar 2019 
Location:   Desk Lodge, Belvedere House, Basing View, Basingstoke
Time:   18:30
Meeting:   This is an external event hosted by Adrian Braine for Basingstoke 5G Meetup Group: https://www.meetup.com/Talk5G. Contact Adrian to book in for the event.
This talk is an external event by Basingstoke 5G Meetup Group ...

https://www.meetup.com/Talk5G

Many operators are rolling out their first commercial 5G networks this year. In this talk Dr Klaus Moessner, from the University of Surrey's 5GIC, will provide a status update on the developments towards the roll out and availability of the next generation of cellular networks and the fact that 5G is not “yet another standard” but forms a very different communication ecosystem than previous cellular generations did.

He will discuss the progress on the technology options 5G systems will include to support the range of applications from industrial communications to mobile broadband, massive device communications (IoT support) and connected autonomous systems (e.g. connected cars). His presentation will include the current state of the relevant standards and current status of plans for networks roll out

Speaker Bio:
Klaus Moessner is a Professor in the Institute for Communication Systems and the 5G Innovation Centre, at the University of Surrey. Klaus was involved in a large number of projects in the Cognitive Communications, Service provision and IoT areas. His research interests include cognitive networks, IoT deployments and sensor data based knowledge generation, as well as reconfiguration and resource management


UNIV. READING: GREAT DEBATE: CAN NEW TECHNOLOGIES TRANSFORM HEALTHCARE? 
Meetup Wed 13 Mar 2019 
Location:   G11, Henley Business School, Greenlands Campus, University of Reading, Henley-on-Thames
Time:   19:00
Meeting:   This is an external event hosted by Henley Business School
The University of Reading is delighted to host this special free public event at G11, Henley Business School on the Whiteknights Campus at 19:00. Refreshments from 18:00

Admission free, booking strongly advised as this is a popular event. Further details and booking at the address below:

http://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/about-event-reg-greatdebate.aspx

The increasing adoption of digital technology has resulted in fundamental changes in many industries. Yet healthcare, which represents about 10% of global GDP, has lagged other sectors. This is about to change as big data and artificial intelligence will deliver improvements in diagnosis and treatment that will increase health care’s reach, efficiency, accuracy and reduce waiting time for patients.

Technological advances offer significant opportunities to improve healthcare and have the potential to deliver significant value for the NHS. This year’s Great Debate will provide an update on the latest technology advances to deliver these benefits.

There will be four presentations as below, followed by a debate and Q&A.

Human-Computer Interaction
How is technology currently making a difference?
Using AI to improve clinical effectiveness
Ensuring new technologies are introduced effectively and safely


BAS DISCOVERY CTR: BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK 8-17 MARCH - SCIENCE NIGHT 
Meetup Thu 14 Mar 2019 
Location:   Basingstoke Discovery Centre, Potters Walk, Hampshire
Time:   18:30
Meeting:   This is an external event hosted by Basingstoke Discovery Centre
British Science week is fast approaching and there are some science based events happening at Basingstoke Discovery Centre which some of you may be interested in.

We always recommend that for the paid courses/events, you should purchase a ticket quickly to avoid disappointment. This can be done over the phone (01256 478670), in person at the Discovery Centre, or online at the address below:

https://www.hants.gov.uk/shop/home.php?cat=351

Science Night - Thursday 14 March: from 6.30pm. A Night of Science, with talks, music and refreshments.

£5 to attend one talk – £8 to attend two talks of your choosing

Born to Sum – a Mathematician Explains the Pop Charts: 6.30pm

A musical performance by singing maths-comedian Kyle D Evans. For maths fans and maths-phobes alike. From Bob Dylan and Beyonce’s algebraic song titles to Kate Bush’s (near) perfect recital of pi to fifty decimal places, pop stars have been dropping maths references into their tunes for decades. It just takes a certain kind of mathematical pedant to notice them all ...

Enter folk mathematician Kyle D Evans and his trusty guitar, here to take you on a comedic musical tour through some unexpected parallels between maths & pop. Come prepared for a fun night for maths enthusiasts and novices alike.

Brain Glue – Sticking it to Dementia. A talk with neuroscientist Dr Mark Dallas (Reading University): 7.30pm

50 million people around the world are living with dementia and that figure is set to reach 152 million by 2050. Neuroscientist Dr Mark Dallas tells us how understanding ‘brain glue’ could hold the secret to detecting dementia decades before the first symptoms appear. He will take you on a neuroscience journey to explore the ‘hoovers’ and ‘police officers’ in your head and how dementia affects them. So, while 26 million people in the UK know someone living with dementia, the diversity of your brain could actual provide answers to the global challenge of tackling dementia and the glue in your head could be critical to fighting dementia well before you or even your doctor realise it.

The Electric Universe, a unique and controversial talk on astronomy by Paul Malone: 7pm

Artist Paul Malone takes the audience on a unique and controversial tour of the Universe. Originally devised to introduce artists and designers to the wide range of forms we see in modern astronomy, the Talk is ’image-rich’; being assembled using the latest photographs from Space and explanatory clips from YouTube. It is aimed at a general audience, so there is no need for any knowledge of either astronomy nor electricity. However there remains the intention that some of the content will prove intriguing to specialists in the field.

The Theory of Relativity, a talk by Emma Osborne: 8.30pm

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you fell into a black hole? Or if time-travel is really possible? In this interactive talk, Emma will take you on a journey through the cosmos using Einstein's theory of relativity, where you will discover the weird and wonderful events that take place in the universe, enabling you to explore the boundaries where science meets science fiction.

Emma Osborne is an astrophysicist and multi-award winning science communicator, who loves to communicate complex physics topics in a way which makes them accessible to everyone. Emma has worked with the London Science Museum, The Royal Society and the BBC, as well as regularly creating content for her popular YouTube channel 'The Extraordinary Universe', Instagram and Twitter.

For more details, please email:

basingstoke.discovery.centre@hants.gov.uk

Or contact

Sarah Faithfull, Library Team Assistant (Works Mon, Tue and Wed)
Basingstoke Discovery Centre, 19/20 Westminster House
Festival Place, Basingstoke RG21 7LS


CAFE SCI & MAKERSPACE: OPEN EVENING AND SOCIAL AT WETHERSPOONS 
Meetup Tue 19 Mar 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.


SOTON CAFE SCI: "PIGEON POST TO HOLOGRAM PHONES: FUTURE OF WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY" 
Meetup Tue 19 Mar 2019 
Location:   St Denys Community Centre, Main Hall, Corner of Priory Rd and Adelaide Rd opposite the Junction Inn, Southampton SO17 2JZ
Time:   20:00
Meeting:   Hosted by: Nigel Cooke, Southampton Cafe Scientifique Organiser
Basingstoke Cafe Sci subscribers are invited to the Southampton Cafe Sci talk at the Community Centre in St Denys in Southampton. The talk is being given by Katla Satyanarayana from Southampton University and is titled "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 socializing, 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:
Note: There is a strict policy of no drinks to be brought over from the pub to the community centre. There is level access with no steps. 200 metres from the Adelaide Rd side of St Denys railway station. Previous use of this hall finishes at 20:00 with 15 minutes grace, so the earliest expected start to the science cafe talks would be 20:20. Therefore no point in arriving here before 20:00 , but the foyer would be open , should it be raining.

ARRANGEMENTS:
For the first talk there will be a charge of 2 pounds per person to cover room hire, this may change in later months, dependent on the numbers of people turning up. With this room-hire structure there is no commercial element in requiring a break, so Q&A will follow immediately after the talk and so the end of the full session should not be much later than the previous structure.

The only noise in that venue on Tuesday nights is from a chess club. For any note takers, please bring a small torch with you as the lighting will be all high power fluorescent (prior to talk) and next to nothing (during talk), except spill-over from the projector, light from the foyer and a couple of other low level light sources, assuming the usual problem with fluorescent lamp "dimming", in practise.

The format of the evening is usually a talk of 30 to 40 minutes, followed immediately by questions and discussions about the talk. Entry is £2.00 on the door and is open to everyone.

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: Nigel Cooke, Southampton Cafe Scientifique Organiser


UNIV. READING: PUBLIC TALK: UK'S HOUSING CRISIS: DESIGNING FUTURE HOMES & CITIES 
Meetup Wed 20 Mar 2019 
Location:   Madejski Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building, University Of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, Reading
Time:   19:00
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 G10, Palmer Building on the University of Reading Whiteknights Campus at 19:00.

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

http://www.reading.ac.uk/15/about/newsandevents/Events/Event790537.aspx

The University of Reading’s Public Lecture Series is a showcase of research highlights from across the University.

Established over 45 years ago, these popular lectures are given by Reading academics eminent in their field and cover a wide range of topics.

Britain’s housing system is broken. Sky-high house prices mean buying a home is just a dream for many people, yet it is still considered an essential pursuit. Tenants are pushed into poverty or forced to move by rent rises, pulling families and communities apart. Young people see their life options constrained in a string of shared flats, or stuck at home with their parents.

So what’s the solution? In this lecture, architect Professor Flora Samuel will deliver her manifesto for a better housing future. She will show how designing better homes and cities is crucial to resolving the current crisis. Intelligent design of towns and cities can improve people’s health and happiness. Social homes must be built in growing numbers that are not only affordable, but enviable. The aim must be to improve the physical environment for the next generation, to help them tackle a growing list of social, political and economic challenges.

Flora Samuel is Professor of Architecture in the Built Environment at the University of Reading, and a Co-Investigator at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), for which she leads the ‘Place’ theme.

Admission free. Booking advisable.

Contact: Events@reading.ac.uk



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