café scientifique


Next meeting:
Monday 13th March 2017

Strange Encounters: Paranoia and British Science Fiction Cinema
By Robert Shaill
(Part of and in conjunction with Headingley Literature Festival)


Robert Shail will explain how Science Fiction, whether in literature or cinema, has often been used as a vehicle to express contemporary anxieties. Alien encounters, rogue technology and dystopian futures are often projections of real fears about our current predicaments. For example, in the 1950s and 1960s a cycle of American science fiction films, including Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and Them! (1954), gave voice to Cold War anxieties and the threat of nuclear catastrophe. This talk however, will focus on the more neglected British science fiction cinema of the same period. Key films include the John Wyndham adaptations Village of the Damned (1960) and The Day of the Triffids (1962).


Robert Shail has led research development in the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University since 2015. He also teaches film history in the Northern Film School. He has published widely in these areas. His study of the Children’s Film Foundation, which was supported by a Leverhulme Fellowship, has been published by Palgrave-Macmillan/BFI in 2015.


Coming soon:

Monday 13th March 2017
“Science Fiction in the Media”
By Robert Shail
(part of and in conjunction with
Headingley Literature Festival)

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


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7:30pm – 9:30pm

New Headingley Club
56 St Michael’s Road
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