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On Monday 11th July, we are delighted to welcome back Jeff Forshaw, Professor of Particle Physics at the Department of Physics in the University of Manchester. Jeff will be talking about Black Holes, and has recently completed a book entitled “Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe” in collaboration with Professor Brian Cox. For more details see here. Jeff last spoke to us just over a decade ago in March 2012, when he gave a talk entitled The Quantum Universe.

  • WHERE: The Angel, King Street, Knutsford – first floor function room accessed by the internal staircase behind the bar or the external fire exit stairs at the rear of the building.
  • WHEN: Monday 11th July, 6.30 for a 7.00pm start. £2 cash donation requested to cover costs (students FOC).
  • NOTE: Refreshments will only be available from the downstairs bar.

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14th November 2022 – Native Plant Reintroductions

Josh Styles

This talk will be given by Josh Styles.   Josh is a recently-graduated botanist who now has a dynamic career in ecology and science communication.  He has founded the North West Rare Plant Initiative (www.nwrpi.weebly.com) and British Botany Training (www.BritishBotany.co.uk).   He has also carved out a niche as a go-to expert in the broadcast media, appearing on Countryfile, Springwatch, Radio 4 and Channel 4 News.

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10th October 2022 – Coping with Stress

Dr Clare Jonas

Dr Clare Jonas returns to describe her study of how we cope with stressful waiting. Clare last spoke to Knutsford SciBar in January 2020 when her topic was “Multisensory Perception and Synaesthesia”.

Clare says “I was inspired by the pandemic and in learning how to cope with it I read a lot of the research on stressful waiting, but of course it’s also relevant to other kinds of stressful delays like waiting for a medical test result, moving house, or the period in between doing an exam and getting results.

Clare’s talk will cover why waiting is stressful, what makes one person more stressed than another in the same situation, and practical evidence-based tips on how to cope.

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12 September 2022 – Bio-inspired Optical Materials

Developing sensors by mimicking nature’s colour mechanisms

Dr. Ahu Gümrah Parry is a Dame Kathleen Lonsdale Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.  Her latest work focuses on tailoring shape, size and surface chemistry of nanoparticles (mainly produced from natural and sustainable sources) to fabricate photonic structures.  Her interests include novel and sustainable packaging materials and colourful responsive films and fabrics.

Image: Natural History Museum
Chameleon
Image: XenonForge
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11th July 2022 – Black Holes

Postponed from December 2021, we are pleased to welcome Jeff Forshaw, Professor of Particle Physics at the Department of Physics in the University of Manchester.

Jeff has recently completed a book entitled “Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe” in collaboration with Professor Brian Cox so you can be sure of hearing a great speaker who is at the forefront of this field.

Image of black hole

The image was captured using the Event Horizon Telescope. The black hole is at the centre and is outlined by emissions from hot gas swirling around it under the influence of strong gravity near its event horizon.

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13th June 2022 – Can Carbon Dioxide be Useful?

Catherine Eagle is a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry at Liverpool University.

Her research topic is CO2 reduction electrolysers and focusses on carbon dioxide utilisation.

In her talk, Catherine will cover:

  • Carbon dioxide and the environment
  • Reducing carbon dioxide emissions
  • What is carbon dioxide utilisation?
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