Café Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues and promoting public engagement with science. Audiences consist of people who are interested in science but generally never have the opportunity to discuss their views with, and ask questions of, someone "in the know".
Meetings generally start with a short talk from the speaker, who is usually a scientist or a writer on science, followed by a short break for drinks. This is followed by a session of about an hour for questions and answers and general discussion. Cafés are free although a voluntary contribution may be asked for to cover any expenses. (It does not pay fees to a speaker).
Meetings take place once a month on the second Wednesday of each month, starting at 7.30pm.
Venue for Café Scientifique is the Conference Room at Hope Street Hotel.
Next Meeting: Wednesday, 11th February, 2014, 7.30pm
Place: The Conference Room, Hope Street Hotel
Title: An alternative nuclear future
Speaker: Prof Robert Cywinski, Research Professor, University of Huddersfield
There is considerable debate about whether the twin global crises of energy shortage and climate change can be mitigated by nuclear power. Indeed, there is continuing concern about the safety of uranium and plutonium fueled nuclear reactors, the management of nuclear waste and the issue of proliferation. But what if we had a nuclear fuel that was low risk, low waste and sustainable? Surprisingly such a fuel does exist: it is thorium. In this talk Professor Robert Cywinski will discuss the need for nuclear power as an essential part of a balanced energy economy, and suggest innovative methods by which thorium could be used to fuel an alternative, and a safer, nuclear future.
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Please contact Michael Jackman, firstname.lastname@example.org, if intending to attend as places may be limited.