A list of all SciBar events in reverse chronological order

  • 13th March 2023 – Materials Challenges in a Nuclear Reactor

    Alex Carruthers is a post doctoral researcher in nuclear metallurgy at the University of Manchester. His specialism is analysis of irradiation-induced microsctructural changes in Zirconium alloys. He will talk to us about the challenges of using such materials in a … Continue reading →

  • 13th February 2023 – The End of Everything

    Dr. Steve Barrett, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool makes a welcome return to SciBar. In March 2021 he gave us a Zoom talk entitled “The Beginning of Everything”.  Now he finishes the story in person with a … Continue reading →

  • 9th January 2023 – Making the Tiniest Machines

    Professor David Leigh leads the Leigh Group at the University of Manchester.  The Group explores, invents and discovers fundamental ways to control molecular-level dynamics and topology.  In simple terms, they are making machines out of molecules. David says “Perhaps the … Continue reading →

  • 12th December 2022 – Bio-inspired Optical Materials

    Developing sensors by mimicking nature’s colour mechanisms Dr. Ahu Gümrah Dumanli-Parry is a Materials Chemist and the first recipient of the bp-ICAM Kathleen Lonsdale Research Fellowship in 2019 for her work on bio-inspired advanced materials. Dr Dumanli-Parry’s research group (Bio-inspired Functional … Continue reading →

  • 14th November 2022 – Native Plant Reintroductions

    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 … Continue reading →

  • 10th October 2022 – Electronics: the thinking inside the box

    We are often told to “think outside the box” but what is thinking inside the box? Chris Rattray, a Printed Circuit Board Design Engineer will talk about taking ideas from concept though to the finished product. Electronics are everywhere from … Continue reading →

  • 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” … Continue reading →

  • 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 … Continue reading →

  • 9th May 2022 – Terahertz Radiation

    T-Rays  – A new research tool from the electromagnetic spectrum. We are pleased to welcome Dr Darren Graham of the Photon Science Institute at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester and the Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science … Continue reading →

  • 11th April 2022 – A New Approach to Developing Antivirals

    Dr. Sam Jones is a Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Fellow in the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester where he heads up the Jones Lab which focuses on understanding material/virus interactions. Sam says “By understanding and controlling such interactions … Continue reading →

  • 14th March 2022 – Reduce, Replace, Refine

    The path to eliminating animal experiments in drug discovery Professor Ian Wilson of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London will pose a range of questions and lead the debate. Ian’s alternative subtitle for the talk is “How to get … Continue reading →

  • 14th February 2022 (Zoom 7pm) – Neuroscience of Speech

    We are joined by Dr. Kate Slade and colleagues from the Neuroscience of Speech and Action Laboratory at the University of Lancaster who will describe their research projects.