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Birmingham Cafe Scientifique

Cafe Scientifique

       
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Cafes Scientifique are informal and lively discussion events around contemporary science issues that take place in local bars, cafes and pubs.  Taking place on the first Tuesday of every month, we feature a variety of local scientists and engineers, talking about their work and how it affects the average person in the street.  Always fun, sometimes controversial, these events are a great way to get to the heart of the matter.

To discover more about Cafe Scientifique, please visit http://www.cafescientifique.org
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Tuesday 4th Feb 2014

Dr Allan Walton

University of Birmingham

The Rare Earth Crisis – Fact or Fiction ?

In recent years the supply of rare earth metals and alloys has come under  pressure due to increasing demand for some of the rare earth elements and because of  supply restrictions from the main producer, China.  This has elevated the rare earth metals to the top of the critical materials lists in the  EU, Japan and US and resulted in dramatic price fluctuations for these materials. Neodymium and dysprosium, which are used in neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets, have been highlighted in particular. NdFeB magnets are used in a wide variety of high tech and clean technologies, for example in consumer electronics and wind turbines and play a pivotal role in modern day society.

In this talk Dr Walton will discuss the rare earth market, the applications where these materials are used and suggest solutions to the “rare earth crisis”.

6.30pm for 7.00pm start

The Jekyll and Hyde (upstairs Gin Parlour room)

28 Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6BJ


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Tuesday 4th March

Dr Heidi Doughty

Royal College of Pathologists

Mission Impossible

Have you ever wondered what medical services are available to soldiers on the front line? Or how civilian medicine has benefited from battlefield experiences? Then join Fellow of the Consultant Haematologist , Dr Heidi Doughty, as she discusses the challenges and innovations of frontline transfusion medicine.

6.30pm for 7.00pm start

The Jekyll and Hyde (upstairs Gin Parlour room)

28 Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6BJ


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Tuesday 1st April

Dr Tatiana Tkacukova

Aston University

Order in the Court: the science of testifying!

The Courtroom is a place where people’s lives may be significantly changed. It is also a place which has a life of its own: it is governed by formal rules that help create authority and power. Language is a key instrument for exercising authority and power over everyone involved in the proceedings. A good understanding of how communication is structured in court can help lay people who come to court as witnesses, jury members or self-represented litigants to better fulfill their roles. The talk discusses important aspects of courtroom communication that lay people can use to cope with language challenges put on them during different stages of the proceedings, especially examination-in-chief and cross-examination.

6.30pm for 7.00pm start

The Jekyll and Hyde (upstairs Gin Parlour room)

28 Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6BJ


 
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