café scientifique

Next meeting:
Monday 8th January 2018

Use it or Lose it!
Ruminations on feed utilisation efficiency in livestock
By Henry Greathead

Get over the ‘yuck factor’ and animal excrement can be fascinating! Historically, it laid the foundations of leading merchant banks, it can mean the difference between profit and loss for a livestock farmer, and to the environment it can have devastating consequences. This talk will cover the excrement of different livestock from a nutritionist perspective. It will explain some of the differences in nutrient content between manures by relating them to digestive tract physiologies, and will consider some of the excrement-associated research and development taking place to address the direct and indirect challenges that come with it.



Dr Henry Greathead – is a Lecturer in Zoology at the University of Leeds. His primary research interest is the amazing ability of ruminant animals to convert high fibre feeds, with little human food value, into high-value foods for human consumption. He is interested in the rumen microbial ecosystem, and understanding its contribution to the efficiency with which a ruminant is able to convert fibre into food.



Coming soon:

Monday 8th January 2018
“Use it or Lose it! – Ruminations on feed utilisation efficency in livestock”
By Henry Greathead
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Monday 12th February 2018
“Mathematics: Invented, Discovered or Neither?”
By Jack Woods, Simon Hewitt and Rob Knowles
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Monday 12th March 2018
“From Frankenstein to Heinz beans:
how the weather has shaped our world”
(Partnership event with Headingley Literature Festival)
By Kate Ravilious
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Monday 9th April 2018
“Examining the Economic Case for Drugs and Medical Treatments in the NHS”
By Tom Patton
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Monday 14th May
“Science, Cartooning and Art”
By Darryl Cunningham
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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 9th January 2017
“Mending Broken Hearts”
By John Greenwood
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Monday 13th February 2017
“The Peculiarities of Pain and its Management”
By Mark Johnson
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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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Monday 10th April 2017
“Monitoring the Chernobyl Disaster using Lichens”
By Mark Seaward
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Monday 8th May 2017
“Vehicle Emissions”
By James Tate
(part of and in conjunction with
Headingley Festival of Ideas)
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Monday 12th June 2017
“Top 10 ways Astronomers control your life”
By Brad Gibson
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Monday 10th July 2017
“UK Nuclear Waste Policy”
By Matthew Cotton
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Monday 11th September 2017
“Going Dutch? – Transport for a Sustainable World”
By Robin Lovelace
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Monday 9th October 2017
“Predicting and Preventing Autoimmune Disease – the Ultimate Panacea”
By Paul Emery and Kulveer Mankia
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Monday 13th November 2017
“The Biology of Birds”
By Linda Jenkinson
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Monday 11th December 2017
“Your role in the Future Energy System”
By Matt Fawcett and Ben Aylott
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7:30pm – 9:30pm

New Headingley Club
56 St Michael’s Road
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