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Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique is a place where anyone is welcome to explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

The Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique is the Science Group of the Basingstoke Friends Social Club (http://www.meetup.com/basingstokefriends). The meetings and talks are all public events, though there will also be some external events such as University lecture evenings that may require advance payment and/or booking.

There is a voluntary donation collected on the evening of Basingstoke talks to help pay for speakers expenses and towards the cost of using Meetup to advertise our events (around £190 per year).

You can find out more about the Basingstoke Friends Social Club in our meetup group:

http://www.meetup.com/basingstokefriends

You can join this Cafe Sci Meetup group free of charge to receive email notifications of our talks and any science and technology talks, debates and lectures that we hear about in the local area.

We run our own talk and discussion meetings with an invited speaker on the last working Monday of every month (except in December). These are held from 7.30pm at the venue ... though currently we are looking for a new place to meet.

You are welcome to arrive at the monthly meeting venue any time from 6.45pm onwards for drinks and cakes etc. The main talk starts at 7.30pm and usually lasts around 30 to 40 minutes. There is then a short break after the talk for you to get more drinks and cakes etc before we go into the main discussion session. We generally aim to finish at around 9.00pm with some time afterwards until 10.00pm for you to chat to the speakers and other members.

We aim to provide members with information about a wide range of events that may be of interest. We include on the web site details of Cafe Scientifique meetings in Reading, Winchester and Southampton plus those of our local Skeptics in the Pub rational debating groups in Reading and Winchester.

For any queries about Cafe Scientifique in Basingstoke, contact the organizer Bob Clifford at the email address below:

info@cafesci-basingstoke.org.uk

We also have the following web site where you can find more information about how Cafe Scientifique is organised plus links to various science resources. The web site also contains details of the events from the Cafe Scientifique calendar.

http://www.cafesci-basingstoke.org.uk

Upcoming events (5)

Inst. Mech. Eng: AGM followed by Exciting Future of Railway Systems Thinking

This event is a webinar and registration is essential - joining instructions will be sent to you. You can register for this event and find out more about the South West Institute of Mechanical Engineers Railway Division at the following web address: https://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Western/south-west-rd-centre/event-detail?id=18169 If you have not heard from us by Monday 28 September please email the address below for the joining instruction details.: [masked] WEBINAR SUMMARY The Long History and Exciting Future of Railway Systems Thinking The AGM from last season (cancelled due to the Covid 19 lockdown) will be followed by the Railway Division Chair's address to the south west centre. The Railway Division chair and presenter is Professor Felix Schmid. Felix will talk about his aspirations for his tenure as Railway Division Chair. With an extensive experience in and passion for railway systems thinking Felix will explain how this field of engineering has a promising future in the rail industry. Felix recently retired as the programme director for the MSc in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration at the University of Birmingham.

The Royal Institution: "A synthesizing mind"

Online event

The Royal Institution (RI) invite you to their online event titled "LIVESTREAM: A synthesizing mind" that is free for everyone to access. Howard Gardner discusses his 1983 book 'Frames of Mind' which was a groundbreaking sensation, laying out his theory of multiple intelligences. However, donations are an extremely important source of support for the RI and they would be most grateful if you are able to contribute. The RI are a small, independent charity and receive no government funding. Their income from ticket sales and venue hire has been significantly reduced and will continue to fall. Donations, alongside membership subscriptions are vital to the organisations development and survival. Please donate via the JustGiving page. Every donation received makes a difference. Thank you for your support. Suggested Donation £10. https://www.justgiving.com/royalinstitution For the link to book onto this event, go to the web site address below: https://www.rigb.org/whats-on/events-2020/september/public-a-synthesizing-mind SUMMARY Howard Gardner's 1983 book 'Frames of Mind' was a groundbreaking sensation, laying out his theory of multiple intelligences. It debunked the primacy of the IQ test and inspired new approaches to education. ​​​​​​​In this talk, Howard will reflect on his intellectual development and his groundbreaking work, tracing his evolution from bookish child to eager college student to disengaged graduate student to Harvard professor. SPEAKER Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Harvard University and senior director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship and a Fellowship from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1981 and 2000, respectively. In 1990, he was the first American to receive the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education. In recognition of his contributions to both academic theory and public policy, he has received honorary degrees from thirty-one colleges and universities, including institutions in Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, and Spain. He has twice been selected by ForeignPolicy and Prospect magazines as one of 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world. In 2011, Gardner received the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, and in 2015, he was chosen as the recipient of the Brock International Prize in Education. He has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Education, and the London-based Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. He serves on a number of boards, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the American Philosophical Society. ORGANISER: Royal Institution and Bob Clifford, Basingstoke IVC Science Cafe

Win Cafe Sci: “Arts meets Science: Keeping the Mary Rose shipshape”

This event is hosted and arranged by William Vine, the Group Organiser for Winchester Cafe Scientifique. Basingstoke science enthusiasts are invited to this talk on a very interesting subject by Prof Eleanor Schofield from the Mary Rose Trust. The subject of this evenings talk is “Where the arts meet science: Keeping the Mary Rose shipshape“. Regrettably, the public health situation still means it is likely to be some time before we can resume live meetings. We have decided to try out some online events, using Zoom, a popular and well tested platform for online meetings, https://www.zoom.us/ , which many of you may be familiar with by now. If it is successful, we may continue to broadcast talks from the Discovery Centre so that if people prefer not to be in a room with a large number of people they can still join in. SUMMARY The Mary Rose, a flagship of Henry VIII’s, sank off the coast of Portsmouth in 1545. Rediscovered in the 1960s, the following years saw the excavation of over 19,000 objects, culminating in the excavation of the hull in 1982. Materials vary from leather, wood, human remains to iron, bronze and lead, with items varying in size from minuscule dice to gun carriages capable of transporting 2-3 tonne cannons. The conservation techniques and strategies employed over the last three decades will be discussed, alongside new materials and methods being developed to ensure the long term protection of this important cultural heritage. SPEAKER Prof. Eleanor Schofield is the Head of Conservation and Collections Care at the Mary Rose Trust. After completing her PhD in Materials Science at Imperial College London in 2006, she completed research posts at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and the University of Kent. She joined the Mary Rose Trust in 2012 and is now responsible for the conservation of the Mary Rose hull and associated artefacts, the care and management of the collection and research into novel conservation treatments and characterisation methods. You will need the Zoom client installed on your computer, tablet or phone. Short video on using Zoom here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/hIkCmbvAHQQ?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1 Only one ticket needed per screen. If you are sharing with someone, they don’t need a separate ticket. We will open the meeting from 7pm so people can settle in, chat etc. There will be a break between talk and Q&A when people can chat etc. It's not the same as live but closer than I thought A recording will be available after the event on YouTube. Our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/wincafesci/?source_id=1457090591178602 provides an opportunity to share ideas and keep in touch. You are encouraged to post interesting science links and to comment or discuss.

The Royal Institution: "A series of fortunate events"

Online event

The Royal Institution (RI) invite you to their online event titled "LIVESTREAM: A series of fortunate events" that is free for everyone to access. Sean B Carroll discusses why is the world the way it is? How did we get here? Does everything happen for a reason or are some things left to chance? However, donations are an extremely important source of support for the RI and they would be most grateful if you are able to contribute. The RI are a small, independent charity and receive no government funding. Their income from ticket sales and venue hire has been significantly reduced and will continue to fall. Donations, alongside membership subscriptions are vital to the organisations development and survival. Please donate via the JustGiving page. Every donation received makes a difference. Thank you for your support. Suggested Donation £10. https://www.justgiving.com/royalinstitution For the link to book onto this event, go to the web site address below: https://www.rigb.org/whats-on/events-2020/october/public-a-series-of-fortunate-events SUMMARY Why is the world the way it is? How did we get here? Does everything happen for a reason or are some things left to chance? Philosophers and theologians have pondered these questions for millennia, but startling scientific discoveries over the past half century are revealing that we live in a world driven by chance. In this talk, Sean B Carroll tells the story of the awesome power of chance and how it is the surprising source of all the beauty and diversity in the living world. SPEAKER Sean B Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and film producer. He is Vice President for Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Balo-Simon Chair of Biology at the University of Maryland. His books include The Serengeti Rules (Princeton), Brave Genius, and Remarkable Creatures, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Twitter @SeanBiolCarroll ORGANISER: Royal Institution and Bob Clifford, Basingstoke IVC Science Cafe

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