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
    20
    Nov
    2018
    8:00 pmSeven Arts (31A Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD)
    Prof Trevor Cox (University of Salford)

    Talking and singing comes naturally to most of us so it is easy to overlook how truly remarkable the human voice is. Mixing biology, physics and psychology, Trevor Cox will explore the workings of the voice looking at accents and different singing styles. The human voice has always been in flux, but over the last hundred years or so, this has been accelerated by technology. What about the future? ‘Photoshop for voice’ has already been demonstrated, leading to a future with #FakeSpeech. Rich in sound examples, the talk will draw on Trevor’s latest popular science book, Now You’re Talking (Bodley Head 2018).

    Trevor Cox is professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford.  He has regularly appeared on BBC Radio 4.  As well as his latest book "Now You're Talking: Human Conversation from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence" he is also the author of "Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound".

  • Tue
    18
    Dec
    2018
    8:00 pmSeven Arts (31A Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD)
    Dom

    If you haven't got a ready-made team, we'll match you with others to make a team. This is a fun end-of-year quiz, in the bar. Although there is a science theme, science qualifications are not necessary. In previous years, the quiz has included rounds on time travel in the movies, the science of Santa, plants and animals associated with Xmas, and the IgNobel prizes.

  • Tue
    22
    Jan
    2019
    8:00 pmSeven Arts (31A Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD)
    Dr Mike Evans, School of Mathematics, Leeds University

    Mike Evans will describe his use of game theory to simulate how we may have evolved to be nice to each other. Evolution is often described as a means for enforcing competitive behaviour. Can evolution also explain extraordinary acts of altruism?