Café Scientifique – The Hand: Function and Dysfunction

The next event in the Café Scientifique calendar will see the first external guest speaker give an interactive talk on all aspects of hand function.

Mr Indranil Chakrabarti, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Rotherham NHS Foundation, will discuss what makes the human hand so unique, with an emphasis on anatomy, some common disorders and treatments-including joint replacement.

Mr Chakrabarti’s experience in orthopaedic surgery has placed him as one of the most skilled hand surgeons in the country, and he is often asked to lecture across the globe.

Café Scientifique Lincoln was set up by three University of Lincoln Biomedical students to bring together individuals from across Lincoln and Lincolnshire with an interest and passion for science. It is a unique opportunity to interact and talk with leading researchers and physicians.

The talk will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 18th March in the Conference Room, DoubleTree by Hilton, Lincoln.

This event is funded by the University of Lincoln and is free for all students, faculty and members of the public. Refreshments will be available.

Evolution is the topic of discussion

The newly created Café Scientifique will be hosting its second public event for anyone interested in science-based issues.

You don’t need a degree to get involved; the aim is to bring together like-minded people to chat about major scientific topics in a relaxed environment.

The next event on Wednesday, 11th December, will feature a talk by the University of Lincoln’s Dr Marcello Ruta, 350 Million Years of Vertebrate Evolution in the Making’.

He said: This talk explores briefly the major steps in the evolution of limbed vertebrates, from the conquest of land to the diversification of the major groups that we see today, the amphibians (frogs, salamanders) and the amniotes (reptiles, birds, mammals).

“The origin of skeletons capable of supporting the body on land resulted in numerous functional changes and opened up new ecological venues.”

Founded by University students Sean Tomlinson, Rohan Krajeski and Erik Marzaganov, the event will take place at 7.30pm on the top floor of The Shed, Brayford Campus.

It is free and open to members of the public.

The Lincoln Cafe will be held on a monthly basis with academics speaking on a variety of issues.

For more information on the Cafe or how to become a speaker go to http://cafescilincoln.co.uk/

Science is on the menu

Scientists will be swapping the lab for the pub at Lincoln’s first Café Scientifique event next month.

The aim is to bring together like-minded people to chat about major scientific topics and how these advances impact on our lives.

But you don’t need a degree to get involved; the aim is to bring science out of a traditional academic context and open it up for debate in a relaxed environment.

Three University of Lincoln Biomedical students have set up Café Scientifique Lincoln and hope it will bring members of the local community, staff and students together.

Founded by Sean Tomlinson, Rohan Krajeski and Erik Marzaganov, the first Café Scientifique will take place at 6pm on the top floor of The Shed on Monday, 11th November.

Sean said: “I really do think knowledge broadens the mind – on top of what people will learn from the talks, there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion on a whole host of topics over the coming months. This is a great way for people from all backgrounds to share ideas with each other.”

Dr Rajiv Machado, from the University’s School of Life Sciences, who promoted and has supported the concept of a Café Scientifique for Lincoln, will give a talk ‘Unravelling the genome: the future of human health or a Pandora’s box?’

Dr Machado explains: “The last few years have seen a revolution in our ability to rapidly analyse and study the human genome. These advances have led to innumerable breakthroughs in the understanding of human disease, leading to an efficient information transfer from lab bench to hospital bedside. Yet, accessing the complete genetic blueprint of populations comes with inherent risk that, if not ethically managed, may lead to disastrous consequences. I’ll be throwing this topic open for discussion.”

Since 1998, when the first Café Scientifiques were held in Leeds, the cafes have covered almost every conceivable scientific topic from the Big Bang, biodiversity, cancer and code-breaking to Darwinism, ecology, evolution and global warming.

Rohan added: “A lot of people aren’t really exposed to science but this is about having a drink and talking about issues and advancements in an informal setting – there are no right or wrong answers.”

The Lincoln Café will be held on a monthly basis with academics speaking on a variety of issues.

For more information on the Café or how to become a speaker go to http://cafescilincoln.co.uk/