NEXT MEETING (NB Second Monday because of Mayday Bank holiday)
Our next virtual meeting will be held on the 10th May 2021 at 7pm (virtual doors open at 6.30), when Dr Steve Barrett, Department of Physics, University of Liverpool, returns to give two short talks “Just a Second” and “Ancient Light”. For more details see blog post below. Joining instructions will be sent out to everyone on the SciBar mailing list a few days before the meeting.
And following on April’s talk on 5G by Professor Nigel Linge, here is a link to a paper on 5G and safety concerns: https://www.theiet.org/impact-society/factfiles/engineering-safety-factfiles/allaying-health-concerns-regarding-5g-and-exposure-to-radio-waves/ . Also, the triangle that Nigel showed as one of his slides was felt by several people to be very useful – it was created by the International Telecommunications Union as part of a presentation IMT-2020 NETWORK HIGH LEVEL REQUIREMENTS, HOW AFRICAN COUNTRIES CAN COPE. The specific page (14) of the presentation can be viewed here.
And on a different subject, you might like to have a look at: https://stfc.ukri.org/public-engagement/activities-for-the-public/visit-daresbury-laboratory/talking-science-at-daresbury-laboratory/ A member of the staff from Daresbury Labs recently contacted us to say that they are giving monthly science talks online aimed at the general public, and asked us to let people know. The link above has details as to how to find out what’s going on. It’s worth mentioning that, in the past, Knutsford SciBar has collaborated with Daresbury at some of their open events.
And finally, something that was mentioned during in the introduction to April’s talk, Professor Sarah Bridle, who gave us two talks in 2018, the first on dark matter and dark energy, and the second on the completely different topic of food production and climate change, was recently on the BBC 4 programme The Life Scientific talking about the latter. If you missed it, the programme is still available to listen to, or to download – see: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000sqk6
**** Coronavirus ****
As previously explained on this page, back in March 2020 we cancelled all scheduled meetings up to September 2020, hoping that we would be in a position to resume “real” or live meetings from then. Obviously that wasn’t possible, and, having consulted the regular SciBar attendees, we started holding virtual Zoom meetings from September. We hope to resume “real” meetings later this year (2021), but obviously we do not yet know for certain when that will be allowable. If the aspirational timetable published by the government in its roadmap in February stays on course, we could have our first real meeting in July, but we think it may make more sense to aim for September 2021 anyway. Watch this space!
We do not plan to make charges for video lectures, although we may need to review this if we get more that 100 attendees (and Zoom charges go up) but we’ll cross that bridge when/if we come to it.
We are keeping the meetings on the same schedule (first Monday monthly) but one important change to note is that we have changed the start time to 7.00pm. Hopefully this won’t adversely affect anyone – it probably took at least half an hour for most people to travel and queue for a beer, and get a good seat, so it probably won’t make much difference at the start, but it should mean an earlier finish (helpful for those who eat afterwards). People will be able to join meetings at 6.30pm, and they will be closed to newcomers at 7.00pm.
As ever, we would like to hear any ideas for speakers, so please keep them coming.