café scientifique


Next meeting:
Monday 10th April 2017

Lichens to Monitor Chernobyl
By Mark Seaward


Our speaker was involved in monitoring radioactivity in Poland before and after the Chernobyl disaster (despite having to overcome problems imposed by the political system). He used lichens for this, as lichens are known as good biomonitors:  for both past and present environmental interpretation, and for modelling future changes.  He will talk about establishing good baseline data and adopting rigorous protocols to achieve credible data retrieval. The lichen genera Umbilicaria and Lasallia, proved ideal for this work, the signatures (abundance ratios) of the different radioactive nuclei taken up by the thalli (vegetative tissue), providing consistent values and reliable baseline data.



Mark Seaward MSc, PhD, DSc, FSB, is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Biology at Bradford University, has a strong interest in biomonitoring pollution, particularly heavy metals and radionuclides, for which he has been internationally honoured, including the Acharius Medal, the Ursula Duncan Award and Doctor honoris causa of Wrocław University. He was the editor of The Naturalist for 34 years, is the author and editor of numerous books, and written more than 430 scientific papers, mostly concerned with biomonitoring, urban ecology, lichens, biodeterioration, and the history of botany. He is widely travelled, his research and lecturing work not only taking him throughout Europe, but across the globe, even to remote islands.


Coming soon:

Monday 10th April 2017
“Monitoring the Chernobyl Disaster using Lichens”
By Mark Seaward

Monday 8th May 2017
“Vehicle Emissions”
By James Tate
(part of and in conjunction with
Headingley Festival of Ideas)

Monday 12th June 2017
“Top 10 ways Astronomers control your life”
By Brad Gibson

Monday 10th July 2017
“UK Nuclear Waste Policy”
By Matthew Cotton

August – No Meeting

Monday 11th September 2017
“Going Dutch? Crunching Big Transport Datasets for a Sustainable World”
By Robin Lovelace

Monday 9th October 2017
“The latest in Rheumatology Research”
By Maya Buch

Monday 13th November 2017
“The Biology of Birds”
By Linda Jenkinson

Monday 11th December 2017
“Managing Sustainable Energy Systems”
By Matt Fawcett

About Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique is a place where people can meet to hear eminent speakers on all things scientific. The events are extremely popular with lively discussion and informative talks. Topics are always relevant, cutting edge and up-to-date. They are often taken from a wider global discussion.

All are welcome. The Café is held at The New Headingley Club on St Michael’s Road.

For information on topics please check back here for updates or for more information see the e-newsletter or the HDT newsletter.

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Monday 8th February 2016
“From Dark Satanic Mills to DNA: the Scientific Heritage of Leeds and how it Changed the World”
By Kersten Hall

Monday 14th March 2016
“The Worst of Times:
How Life on Earth Survived Eighty Million Years of Extinctions”
By Paul Wignall

Monday 11th April 2016
“Monster Magnets: Stellar Birth Control”
By Sven Van Loo

Monday 9th May 2016
“Ask for Evidence”
By Danae Dodge

Monday 13th June 2016
“Herding Hemingway’s Cats: how do genes work?”
By Kate Arney

Monday 11th July 2016
“Climate Change & Rocky Coasts”
By Sue Hull

Monday 12th September 2016
“The Mobility Transformation”
By John Whitelegg

Monday 10th October 2016
“Growing Mini-Brains to Help Understand Cancer”
By Ryan Mathew

Monday 14th November 2016
“Neutrino Astronomy”
By Alan Watson

Monday 12th December 2016
“William Gascoigne – Leeds Astronomer at the Forefront of the Scientific Revolution”
By David Sellers

Monday 9th January 2017
“Mending Broken Hearts”
By John Greenwood

Monday 13th February 2017
“The Peculiarities of Pain and its Management”
By Mark Johnson

Monday 13th March 2017
“Strange Encounters: Paranoia and British Science Fiction Cinema”
By Robert Shail
(Part of and in conjunction with Headingley Literature Festival)


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