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
    8:00 pmSeven Arts, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
    Kevin Watterson, Dr Alan Anthony & Dr Mike Messenger

    The meeting will showcase some of the scientific expertise and leading research being undertaken in the NHS in Leeds. There will be three guest speakers:

    Kevin Wattersonretired chief congenital and adult cardiac surgeon - Clinical Director Dept Cardiac Surgery LGI

    Dr Alan Anthoney, oncologist specialising in gastro-intestinal and neuroendocrine cancers

    Dr Mike Messenger, Deputy Director and Scientific Manager, NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-Operative, Leeds

    Kevin Watterson will describe the fundamentals of how open heart surgery is possible and the evolution of children's heart surgery so that it is now possible in premature infants under 2kg.

    Dr Anthoney will explain what cancer is, how it develops and how gastro-intestinal and neuroendocrine cancers are treated. He will also discuss the value of clinical trials.

    Dr Messenger will talk about how NHS care can be personalized by "decoding" our bodies' biological messages. Recent advances have led to the discovery that most diseases can be caused by many different mechanisms, i.e. there is no single cause. This explains why some medicines only work in some patients and can cause harmful side effects or death in others. Precision Medicine may enable us to identify the biological cause of each patient's disease and to select the right treatment for them.

  • Tue
    8:00 pmSeven Arts, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
    Speakers needed

    Did you know:
    - If you were hit by a small coin dropped from the top of the Empire State Building, it would NOT kill you.
    - There is NO dark side of the moon (though some of the moon’s surface is never visible to us on earth).
    - Humans did NOT evolve from chimpanzees (the last shared ancestor lived about 5 million years ago).

    Over many years, science has corrected many misconceptions and debunked many myths. Similarly, a poor understanding of science, or poor communication by scientists, has led to new (scientific) myths, some still popularly believed, some still masquerading as good science.

    We are planning to hold a special Café Sci meeting in March 2016, similar to the Science Slam we ran in March 2015 (where 5 speakers spoke for 5 minutes about their own scientific theory). This time we are looking for people to speak for 5 minutes each about a scientific myth.

    Have you corrected a common scientific misconception? Can you disprove a commonly believed scientific theory? Do you know someone who has used science to debunk a myth?

    If you would like to take part in the special Café Scientifique meeting on science and myths, please contact us