Category Archives: Presentation

Dr Jeremy Lockwood: Dinosaurs and Sex

Dr Jeremy Lockwood, Chairman of the Friends of Dinosaur Isle and research associate with Southampton University, presented his talk on ‘Dinosaurs and Sex’ to the Isle of Wight branch of Cafe Scientifique on 11 Jan 2016.

Subtitled ‘A romp through the fossil beds of the Cretaceous’, the talk covered all areas of the subject.

The history of discovery of dinosaurs; the difficulty of how these huge animals could actually carry out the physical act and a lot on the challenges of actually sexing the animals, given there’s no flesh left on the animals.

Dr Jeremy Lockwood: Presentation

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Q&A with the audience

Prof John Coleman: Voices from the Past

Professor John Coleman from the Phonetics Department at Oxford University presenting his talk “Voices from the Past” to the Isle of Wight Cafe Scientifique.

John ColemanHe discusses, how do present day languages sound compared to those spoken by our ancestors? An audio journey into the spoken words of the past.

Discover the deep cultural connections we share with our linguistic cousins across Europe and Asia and hear reconstructions of ancient words, last spoken over 6,000 years ago.

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Q&A with the audience

Dr Elisabeth Falk: Intriguing Neutrinos: The Deep Secrets of Nature’s Ghosts

Lisa Falk photoDr Elisabeth Falk, Senior Lecturer in Experimental Particle physics (Physics and Astronomy), presented her talk about Neutrinos, one of the fundamental particles which make up the universe – Also, currently, one of the least understood.

Subatomic particles produced by the decay of radioactive elements, Neutrinos are special for many reasons – They have no charge, are incredibly light, travel at near light speed and travel through most other matter.

Following the introduction to what they are, Lisa detailed the challenges of detecting them (she’s been directly involved in these experiments), and the vast equipment that’s used.

Finally she talked about the DUNE project, the next stage in Neutrino detection.

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As ever, Lisa’s talk was followed by a lively Questions and Answers session with the Isle of Wight Cafe Scientifique audience, that she described as “one of the best” she’d had.

Dr Lisa Falk: Presentation

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Q&A with the audience

Professor Steve F King – The Standard Models In Particle Physics – 13 April 2015

Prof Steve KingSteve F King, Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy at University of Southampton, presented his ‘The Standard Models In Particle Physics’ talk, taking us all on a voyage back in time across the Universe to start of the Big Bang and the innermost workings of the atom.

After the background on the subject, he went on to discuss the Large Hadron Collider, ‘show us around’ and discuss the Higgs Boson.

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Q&A with the audience