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This blog shows all our events, both future and past.

On Monday 3rd February 2020, Dr Colin Steele, Manchester University School of Mathematics, will talk to us (precise topic to be decided – when it is, this post will be updated). Note that Dr Steele’s talk replaces the scheduled oceanography talk by Dr Matt Donnelly, who has had pull out due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to welcome Matt in the future, but in the meantime, are delighted that Dr Steele has been able to step in at such short notice.

Usual time Р19.30, usual place РKnutsford Sports Club, Mereheath Lane (directions).

Entry fee £1 (free for students and under 21s).

We still need more speakers for the second half of 2020, so please keep your ideas coming.

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Date to be Confirmed – How Do You Observe 1.33 Billion Km3 of Ocean?

This question will be asked by Dr Matt Donnelly, Lead Data Scientist, UK Argo Programme. The oceans play a key role in the climate and provide a habitat for a wide range of marine life, but with an average depth of 3.7km and a surface area of 360 million km2, how on earth do you collect the data to understand its physical properties, how it moves, and how it supports life?

Find out about the robotic Argo floats used to sustain our observations of this dynamic underwater world.

Dr Donnelly is also the organizer of Kirkby SciBar.

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Date to be Confirmed – Living with a Shrinking Nile for 6,000 Years:geoscience and archaeology in Northern Sudan

Prof Jamie Woodward, who spoke to us in June 2019 about microplastics in Manchester’s rivers, will return to talk to us about the Nile. More details to follow.

NB this talk was going to be given in March 2020, but unfortunately Prof Woodward has to attend an out-of-town conference that day. We will hopefully reschedule this talk for a date later in the year.


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6th April 2020 – Invasive Plant Species

Invasive Plant Species – Bogeyman or Ecological Disaster?

Dr Arthur Broadbent of the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester will lead the discussion.


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“Novel weapons”, “Enemy Release” “Invasional Meltdown” – these are some of the more popular hypotheses proposed to explain the paradoxical success of invasive plants. But is this militaristic language justified? Are invasive plants really such a threat? And what does explain their unlikely prominence?

Dr Broadbent will present the evidence surrounding the underlying causes of plant invasions, and with a more nuanced take on their ecological impact.

NB this talk was originally going to be given on 2nd September 2019, but had to be rearranged due to an unforeseen bovine intervention.


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2nd March 2020 – SecREEts Project

Georgia Macey and her team from the Prospex Institute will give a presentation on rare earths and the SecREEts project. This project is aimed at establishing a stable and secure supply of critical rare earth elements based on a sustainable extraction from European apatite sources used in fertiliser production.

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3rd February 2020 – Topic to be Decided

Dr Colin Steele, from the Manchester University School of Mathematics will talk to us on a topic to be decided.

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6th January 2020 – Multisensory Perception and Synaesthesia

Dr Clare JonasDr Clare Jonas has a PhD in psychology and used to be an academic who researched human perception. She is now a Science Communicator which she describes as “taking the complicated world of academic science and making it accessible to the general public.

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