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10 November 2014, Rev Stewart Timbrell: Herbs & the History of Medicine
venue: Southwestern Arms (upstairs room) , 36 Adelaide Rd, St Denys, Southampton, SO17 2HW
Time: 19:00 for talk 19:30 to 21:00. Plenty of time for questions and answers .
Entry by a purchase at the bar or by donation in the tin, for the venue facilities.
08 December 2014, Zoe Slade, STAG, Southampton Uni: Asymptotic Safety in Quantum Gravity.
A road to finding a well-behaved quantum theory of the gravitational force.
Early 2015 talk subjects : liquid crystal displays, trees now and in the future
12 Jan 2015,
09 Feb 2015,
09 Feb 2015
Monthly talks on a science subject
Future talks, usually the second Monday of the month.
Short form for this webpage is from http://tinyurl.com/ by entering URL http://tinyurl.com/???? where ???? is
scicaf or scicaf1, or Google keyword scicafsoton should get there.
Email me if you could
give a talk or wish to be
included on the email circulation list, or links to one-off local public scientific talks, local open days,
academic post climate-gate "outreach" , public engagement etc. Email addresses only, names not necessary.
That list only to be used for circulating a week
before and day before of any meeting, and no other purpose . Could a regular attendee commit to doing write-ups/reviews ?
Scientifique most recent update will appear on the 4mg hosting site. Unfortunately excessive ads etc
on that 4mg Freeservers freesite and due to too many people accessing the site and so exceeding 1GByte bandwidth allowance per month, it may disappear for a while, returning about midday UK time on the 25th of the month. Some hosts are not alowing remote linking now , so to view a "forbidden" picture you have to right click on the mouse
and select "view". Southampton Cafe Scientific
routinely updated only twice monthly , but without ads .
A simple colour poster for anyone willing to print-off , minus updated text overlay , for these talks available here. Southampton Science Cafe Poster
I'm aware that part of the concept of a Southampton Sci Caf was that
it had to be off university campus, as deemed to deter ordinary mortals.
The original Soton Science Caf Soton Sci Caf ,
(now ceased , held at Harbour Lights, then Borders Bookshop, then the Soul Cellar) .
For the pub,
the best night, quietest otherwise, is Mondays. Normally the second Monday of the
month. I know it will
clash perhaps once a year with a bank holiday but make it another Monday in those situations.
Accompanied children are ok up to 9pm , after that I'm not sure. There is a wifi
hotspot in the pub these days, password from the management.
South Western Arms
36 Adelaide Rd, St Denys, Southampton, Hampshire and for satnavs , the postcode SO17 2HW
SouthWestern Arms , voted the best local in the Southampton region
A roll down projector screen is near those green pool table
16 seats obscured by the balustrade
in line with the pool table, and tables and seats along
the right, before the sofas. Seats about 40 people , without sitting on tables or
grabbing seats from downstairs. It is about the same size as the Soul Cellar floor
area but without so much noise intrusion, from large musak speakers anyway, some
patrons downstairs can get a bit noisey at times. One great advantage of pubs as sci-caf venues is that they are otherwise open so not usually any venue constraints on guilloting the Q&A , if the speaker runs over or other problems and the time limit of the room hire is reached
7 real ales on at
any one time and organised like an on-going beer festival with
6 of the 7 changing almost daily, certainly weekly. Chosen from a pool of 30 each month.
Tea and coffee available also .
There is a carpark attached to the pub , otherwise a generally yellow-line-free
residential area. It is probably advisable not to use the railway carpark on the Osborne Rd, Portswood
side of the railway station (very secluded) . The pub is immediately next door to the St Denys rather than Portswood side of
St Denys Railway Station, the pub garden back wall is part of
the station .
Up to 13 Dec, 2014 , the times of effective last trains/incoming suitable trains from/to St Denys Railway Station on a weekday , in the 4 main directions : -
Bournemouth 10.40 pm (outgoing from Bournemouth 18.59 for 19.28 change at Southampton Central for St Denys at 19.40)
Romsey 10.40 pm (outgoing from Romsey 19.07 for 19.30 at St Denys )
Portsmouth, 10.49 pm (suitable outgoing from Portsmouth central 18.38 for 19.31 St Denys)
Winchester ,10.40 pm (suitable outgoing from Winchester 19.05 for 19.26 at St Denys)
I have read Guide to running a Sci Caf
and I endorse all the info there. I would say that maybe the questions
and answers are more important than the talk, allowing non
technical people or scientists out of their field to ask questions .
Often the Q&A are longer duration than the talk. And unlike the academic environment there
is not the peer pressure making people reluctant to ask questions that they feel may be perceived
as being stupid by their peers, and normally no rigid time constraint.
Unlike cafes and public halls which are usually available or hired for a specific time slot, pubs would still be open after any talk and discussion can contiue if there is the interest.
July 2010 was the first scicaf at the SWA and 05 July 2010 the national organiser of the Cafe Scientifique movement added
this link from the Sci Caf national site
to this site.
I've been to the Salisbury Sci Caf and talked to one of their
organisers. On that night I counted 120 people , a low turnout,
as it transpired. A large
arts centre converted church, requiring a wireless mike
to ask questions and full public address for the speakers.
From her , one paramount requirement , is an email circulation list.
Summer 2010 Salisbury Sci Caf has
been priced out of hiring the arts centre any more, quintupling of the fees. The fee for the Salisbury Rugby Club
hall, Hudson's Field, Castle St , Salisbury, is 100 GBP (as would not be open otherwise, unlike pubs or cafes)
Salisbury Sci Caf , tuesdays Pompey Sci Caf , tuesdays Isle of Wight Sci Caf , mondays Winchester Sci Caf, mondays Bournemouth Sci Caf, tuesdays
There is no room charge for booking the upstairs room
of the SWA on the not unreasonable assumption that people would buy some beer or light refreshments.
If it transfered to
St Denys Community Centre, say, then the hire fee ( in 2009) for 2 hours for
a non-profit concern would be 15.00 GBP.
Input to my video projector , 15 pin Computer SVGA
is the usual cross-link, as long as this type of connector on the laptop
, no USB port. An Apple laptop would need an adaptor to SVGA for an external monitor feed, at least two types of these with different plugs, let alone anything else. If no 15 pin VGA external monitor output, then I do have a USB to VGA adaptor but requires a driver
put on the laptop and may have problems showing videos.
Important note if using my laptop
then your powerpoint must be a .ppt file, not .pptx. I prefer the speaker to use their own laptop providing there
is 15 pin SVGA socket on the back. Then you know any video will play and sometimes a query emerges that there
is precise info/graphs etc elsewhere on their pc. A tip for other
organisers using projectors and limited area of placement. Usually there
is a rear projection option in the menu settings, use a mirror to reflect the
image back over the projector, unfortunately needs to be at least A4
size to clear the top of the projector. Mount on a gooseneck for
playing around with angles and a couple of large adjustment screws either side
to anchor down a bit better. On laptop to projector hook-up if one side
of the image is missing but projection of the laptop desktop is full
width, select "mirroring" in the Powerpoint settings/options area.
Basic laser pointer available or low tech telescopic aerial pointer.
Access to overhead projector and Kodak Ektapro 3000 , carousel slide projector , and
a small public address amplifier , if required. Possibility of video camera to projector setup for
epidiascope fashion or USB macro/microscopic projection. It
would be possible for a DVD based slideshow/ presentation
to be outputed to the video projector via a small DVD player, in theory. I particularly would
like to find a speaker on crop science genetics/biology/ chemistry.
If a speaker has just pics and a small amount of text and can put them on a thumbstick
and/or CDrom and arrange to turn up a 1/2 hour early I could make into an
on-the-fly powerpoint file.
A lot of science cafes cease during academic vacations.
I intend carrying these Southampton ones throughout the year. I would be interested to hear
from anyone attending conferences/visiting in south Hamphire who could arm themself with a
thumbstick or a few notes. Likewise any undergraduates or specialist technicians who
could give a talk of some sort.
Some other possible speaker topics: -
cochlea implants, textiles conservation, engineering aspects of high performance
internal combustion engines (interested but only if/when its got going), 3D graphics and simulators or
Stirling Engines (confirmed interested)
, optoelectronics, exploring a chance of one in 844 septillion, ship handling and accurate positioning in all sea
conditions (confirmed interested) , science and practice of dating ceramics/pottery/bricks for archaeological
purposes (confirmed interested), and techniques of campanology .
Some other SciCaf related sites , recommended panel of speakers
(password required, cursor hovering over "details" column then ident number
greater than 27 is year 2010 entries and later ascending chronologically).
Also the Yahoo group for organisers
Scheduling also requires checking for clashes against televised major sporting events etc via calendars
such as http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/results_and_fixtures/calendar/default.stm ,
Another consideration I came across with someone else's talks organisation or not, as a
speaker failed to turn up. If
a speaker is organised as much as a year before, firstly to agree dates etc and have 2-way
confirmation and acknowlegement of the main matters. Then probably sensible to make some
sort of comunication a week or 2 before the arranged date, to swap phone numbers/ clarify talk details/technical requirements
in case of problems of computer
synchronisation or failures to update paper diaries, to act as a reminder.
Some comments I've received so far
Mention , in links, "skeptics in the pub" (in list below). If a local offshoot developed , he would not have
to go to London. Also consider the concept of webcasting . From my limited
experience Q&A would not work as well as in a live environment and there may be copyright
or even defamation pitfalls.
Consider contacting IBM, Hursely for inclusion in their internal
bulletin. If he gets some more info , I may well do so.
It is good to hear that you are thinking of
starting up another Café Sci. However, if I were you I would avoid
posing it as an alternative to the existing one or a contingency plan
"should the original one fail". I'm sure Southampton is big enough to
have two or more cafes runnning simultaneously; there are already
multiple cafes in Leeds and Bristol, and probably other places too -
since Café Sci needs to be small to work, the only way of responding to
an increased demand is to open a second one - holding one café in a room
big enough for 200 people would just destroy the atmosphere. We at
Brighton are constantly full to overflowing, and are looking to find a
slightly bigger venue, but the ideal solution would be for someone (not
me!) to start a second one.
So I wish you luck. I have been to a few of the Southampton Cafes and
have found it a little frustrating that the oganisation seems so
intermittent. I always book our speakers up many months in advance - in
fact to get the best ones, you have to - and find it hard to understand
how a café can function on such a "last-minute" basis. I also think a
pub function room would be better than the Soul Cellar - on one occasion
when I was there the speaker had to give up because of the excessive
noise coming from the sound system downstairs, even though there were
hardly any customers in the bar, but about 30 of us upstairs!
Whay don't you try and contact the existing organiser and try and work
with him/her? (I forget who it is currently). I am sure he/she will
welcome a new venture like yours and it will stop any "bad blood"
situation from developing.
Anyway, good luck again. Keep me on the list - I do not get over there
much but will try.
Reply - I'd only seen one sci cafe represented, per town /city, on the national sci caf site
, and only looked in detail at the local group and not realised that some were subdivided,
so more than one in a town. As for the Soul Cellar I found the noisey
patrons hanging around in the foyer more intrusive. I note your use of the word speaker and perhaps I will
start using it instead of lecturer as it may be off-putting. Is
there a suitable low-key word for lecture, as well ?
He uses the term "lead-off" for this concept of short introductory talk before
a longer discussion on that topic. So perhaps the term lead-off talk is preferable to the
I wish you every success in setting up Southampton Science Cafe ( Shadow )
We may add you meetings to HASSNERS Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/HASSNERS/
when you get up and running.
I would be keen to be involved and would be willing to talk. I am
currently a lecturer in Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton
University but am conceited enough to want to talk on subjects on which I
am not an expert.
I really appreciate the work that you're doing to set up science cafe II.
I get the feeling that the organisers are running out of steam ...
If you ever need a hand with any event I'd be only to happy to oblige.
It would be nice to have the talks in quieter place, like The South Western Arms,
which is a good choice.
That soul Cellar is too noisy at 8pm. I did suggest to the organisers that the
Central Art Gallery has a lecture Theatre nearby or even the fountain cafe, well
At least it doesn't have massive bass bins next door.
I actually was looking for information about historical flooding in Southampton
and saw you had done a lot of work on flooding in St Denys ...
Your talk on leaded vs lead-free solder was interesting and I think the SW Arms is
a good venue for a small audience
I enjoyed the talk by Ian Bryant and would like to go on your mailing list please.
From a Soton Sci Caf speaker
A magnificent job in typing the transcript. Fascinating/terrifying to hear how I ramble on.
I'm sure my teaching has improved from giving the talk.
Thanks for having me.
I very much enjoyed Dr Deborah Mackay's talk on epigenetics last month.
If possible could you send me the URL on the comparitive sizes of viruses,
molecules etc. she showed in her presentation?
Best comment so far, overheard from 3 bods in front of one of my posters
One bod , (before I started adding a QR), taking a cell-phone pic of the poster
and another one saying to the others.
"Well I may as well come along to it (the scicaf talk) as it must be better than staying at home and
watching Coronation Street ".
I went to the talk last evening at the Southwestern Arms ... (Dr David Hooper, atmospheric refraction) ...
I thoroughly enjoyed the talk myself
What an interesting speaker (Phil Bartlett, nano-scale structured metal surfaces and SERS) and such a
fascinating topic, he seemed to relish
the barrage of questions. I see you have an intriguing set of topics coming up in the future, and
a convivial environment for such talks .
Fantastic choice of subjects Thanks
... the chance to ask embarrassing questions and drink seems attractive...
Enormous respect for what you continue to do with SciCaf, but would you mind taking me off the mailing list when you get a minute please? I've recently left Southampton for Turkey.
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