café scientifique


Next meeting:
Monday 13th February 2017

Ouch! Does that hurt?
The Peculiarties of Pain and its Management

By Mark Johnson


Mark Johnson will take a light hearted journey into the peculiar world of pain and its management. We will open the brain to see how we create a sensation of pain and venture into the bizarre world of pain relieving treatments using fish, electricity, needles, mirrors and virtual reality. We will discuss research currently undertaken by our team including tricking the brain into generating sensations in artificial limbs and body parts that are no longer present.


Mark Johnson PhD, is Professor of Pain and Analgesia and Director of the Centre for Pain Research at Leeds Beckett University. Mark trained as a neurophysiologist at the University of Leeds and conducted research on the analgesic effects of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for his PhD at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His recent book “Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Research to support clinical practice” was ‘Highly Commended’ at the British Medical Association Book Awards 2015. Mark leads a vibrant team of investigators undertaking research into the science of pain and its management.



Coming soon:

Monday 13th February 2017
“Ouch! Does that hurt? The Peculiarities of Pain …”
By Mark Johnson

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
“Top 10 ways Astronomers control your life”
By Brad Gibson

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

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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56 St Michael’s Road
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