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NEXT MEETING – 7pm (virtual doors at 6.30), 5th July 2021

At our final meeting before the August summer break, Dr Kate Slade from the Neuroscience of Speech and Action Laboratory in Lancaster University’s Psychology Department is going to talk about her work in a talk entitled “Tired of Listening? A journey Through the Sense of Hearing”. For more info see here.

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We hope that we will be able to return to normal meetings from September (remembering that we do not hold a SciBar in August). Unfortunately we can no longer use the Sports Club at a sensible time because of new regular bookings they now have. We felt that it was highly desirable that we found somewhere else in Knutsford, and the most logical place was a return to the Angel. The only regular booking that they have for their meeting room is for the first Monday monthly, so to keep things as near as possible to our current schedule, we have opted for the second Monday (which may become the third when the first Monday is a Bank Hoiday, but that is not yet clear). We plan to keep the time as it has been for virtual meetings – 6.30 for 7.00pm start. We MAY also have the occasional virtual meeting (quite possibly in December, and possibly at other times) instead of “normal meetings. We will clarify in due course. We will email everyone on the SciBar mailing list with more details once we have clarified things. One thing that will definitely have changed since we were last at the Angel is access to the room – the stairs we used to use have now become a store cupboard!

As ever, we would like to hear any ideas for speakers, so please keep them coming.

The joining instructions for July’s (and any future) virtual meeting will be sent to everyone on our mailing list a few days before the meeting – they will not be published on the website. So if you are not on our mailing list, but want to attend the video conference, you will need to contact us via the contact form and ask to be added (which means you will be accepting our privacy policy as per GDPR).

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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

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