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Explore the latest ideas in science and technology over a cup of tea


TOPICS ranging from children’s telly to diabetes and mental wellbeing will be discussed at a programme of events at Bradford’s National Science and Media Museum. 

Members of the public are invited to hear the latest ideas in science and technology from experts in their field over a cup of tea or a glass of wine at the monthly Café Scientifique. 

Now in its sixth year, this season marks the first time the events will be held in-person only since the pandemic. 

The sessions, which are free to attend, are run by the University of Bradford, Theatre in the Mill and the museum, and feature a presentation by a leading academic followed by a question and answer session. 

There will also be the opportunity to look at related displays held at the museum. 

Programme director Gisela Helfer said: “We’re delighted to be back at the National Science and Media Museum this year.

“We’ve got an exciting programme ahead, with guest speakers from universities across the UK, like Professor Kristyn Gorton, from the University of Leeds, who will be marking the centenary of the BBC with a talk about children’s television. 

“We’ve also got Professor Mark Lorch, from the University of Hull, who is a chemist and will be talking about 50 years of flat-screen technology. There will be plenty of things to touch and see at that one.”

The first meeting, to be held at 18.30 on Thursday, September 22, 2022, will feature Professor Rob James, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford. 

His topic, ‘Using muscle to improve drug safety testing,’ will look at how tissue donated from patients undergoing heart surgery can be used to test the side effects of medicines. 

Dr Helfer, Associate Professor in Physiology and Metabolism at the University of Bradford, added: “The idea is that we invite successful scientists to talk about their research in a way everyone can understand. 

“We cover all sorts of science, from neuroscience to chemistry, psychology and even philosophy.

“It’s a really welcoming, relaxed environment, held in the museum’s café, with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion.”

For information on the programme and to book your free ticket, go to 

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