café scientifique


Next meeting:
Monday 13th June 2016

Herding Hemingway’s Cats: how do genes work?
By Kat Arney

The language of genes has become common in the media. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. We’re told that genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism or Alzheimer’s. The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted from billions of pounds to a few hundred, and gene-based advances in medicine hold huge promise.

There are 2.2 metres of DNA inside every one of your cells, encoding roughly 20,000 genes. These are the ‘recipes’ that tell our cells how to make the building blocks of life, along with all the control switches ensuring they’re turned on and off at the right time and in the right place. But rather than a static string of genetic code, this is a dynamic, writhing biological library. With the help of cats with thumbs, fish with hips and wobbly worms, Kat will unpack some of the mysteries in our DNA and explain the latest thinking about how our genes work.



Dr Kat Arney is a science communicator and award-winning blogger for Cancer Research UK, as well as a freelance science writer and broadcaster whose work has featured on BBC Radio 4, the Naked Scientists and more. She has just published her first book, Herding Hemingway’s Cats, about how our genes work.























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 13th April 2015
‘The Case for Urgent and Radical Carbon Emission Reductions’
by Maria Sharmina
Tyndall Centre
University of Manchester

Monday 11th May 2015
‘The Science of Geometry and the Art of Optimsation’
by Richard Elwes
University of Leeds

Monday 8th June 2015
‘Microbiological Resistance”
by Chris Randall
Antimicrobial Research Centre
University of Leeds

Monday 13th July 2015
‘How G is Replacing E – Medical Imaging in Preclinical Research’
by Nagitha Wijayathunga
Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
University of Leeds

Monday 14th September 2015
“Mathematics in Art”
by David Knapp

Monday 12th October 2015
“Health Freaks on Trial”
By Martin Bland
Health Sciences
University of York

Monday 2nd November 2015
“Mathematics of Sea Waves”
By Tomasz Salwa and Floriane Gidel
School of Mathematics
University of Leeds

Monday 14th December 2015
“Our Technological Footprint on the Universe
–  in 63 steps”
By Dave Webb

Monday 11th January 2016
“Imaging Positrons Inside the Human Body”
By Charalampos Tsoumpas

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 Jessica Taylor

Coming soon:

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

Monday 11th July 2016
“Climate Change & Rock Pools”
By Sue Hull

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

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


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