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Café Scientifique

Join us for an evening discussion event—everyone’s welcome to help us explore the latest ideas in science and technology.

What is Café Scientifique?

Café Scientifique is a friendly and collaborative exploration of the latest breakthroughs in science—all from the comfort of our café! The event takes place once a month, on a Thursday evening (see below for a full list of dates).

You’ll hear about, discuss and debate some of the most recent advances and discoveries in science and healthcare, and their importance to society.

Each event has a theme—they’ve included everything from the latest in physics to the science of music, from nanotechnology to biology.

Café Scientifique is a great way to meet new people and exercise your mind. Come along and discuss the discoveries you’ve seen in the headlines, or learn something completely new.

Next event

The next Café Scientifique will take place on Thursday 5 December 2019—book your free ticket now.

Can lifestyle determine whether we develop dementia?

Dr Ritchie Williamson

The brain is powered by over 100 billion neurons that can each connect to up to 10,000 other neurons. It is the nature of these neuronal connections, their number and strength that give rise to neuronal networks; each thought and action has a specific neuronal network that underlies it. In dementia, there is a gradual loss of these networks.

The brain has often been studied in isolation, and while it can hold some clues as to what gives rise to dementia, we are beginning to understand that whole body changes—often as a result of lifestyle—can impact on the brain and increase the likelihood of developing dementia.

Dr Ritchie Williamson heads the Experimental and Therapeutics research group at the University of Bradford. An active researcher in the dementia community for over 20 years, his research expertise is in understanding the molecular changes that occur as the brain ages and specifically those that change with dementia.

Future events

What you need to know

  • Café Scientifique is a free event, but booking is recommended
  • Café Scientifique is suitable for all ages and abilities, but we’re not pulling any scientific punches: some events may have adult themes or content
  • Our café and bar will be open so you can grab some drinks and a bite to eat
  • Donations are welcome! You can donate online or at the event
  • Filming and photography may take place throughout the event
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