Leeds Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a coffee or a glass of wine, people can discuss science that is changing their lives

Upcoming Events

  • Tue
    21
    Feb
    2017
    8:00 pmSeven Arts, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
    Dr Graham Williams, Huddersfield University

    In crime dramas and in real life, criminals try not to leave their DNA at the scene of the crime. How accurate is DNA profiling, and to what extent can it be used on tiny or degraded samples? What are the limitations of DNA profiling, and what are the risks that it can be misapplied?

    Dr Graham Williams will speak about his research on the use of DNA and RNA in forensic investigations. He will discuss possible ways of extending the capabilities of DNA profiling. For example, he will explain how it is possible to differentiate between identical twins, even though they have the same DNA profile.

    Dr Graham Williams heads the Forensic Genetics Research Group at Huddersfield University. His areas of specialism include the use of RNA for body fluid identification; and bloodstain pattern analysis. He also appears as a forensic expert witness in court cases.

  • Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017
    8:00 pmSeven Arts, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

    Would you like to volunteer for the next Leeds Cafe Scientifique science slam?
    It will be on 21st March 2017, and will be a mix of science and humour.  You could tell a joke (or two), as long as it has some sort of scientific theme.  Or you could tell a funny story (about your own work, or someone else's).
    Or you could take part in a game similar to The Unbelievable Truth (BBC Radio4)?  
    Please email dominic.rayner@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to take part in the science slam on 21st March.