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Cafe Scientifique

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.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, 13th May, 2015

Place: The Old Bookroom, Hope Street Hotel

Title: “Light sabres to laser scalpels: making practical tools from light”?

Speaker: Dr. Duncan Casey, Senior lecturer in Advanced Sensor Technologies LJMU

Abstract: Light sabres, laser guns and tractor beams are staples of science fiction, but tools that look a lot like them are in far more common use than you might realise. When scientists want to investigate the behaviour of individual cells, what’s needed is a very precise toolkit with the ability to deliver material or power to a tiny region at micron length-scales. Focused, sculpted light provides just such a tool, meaning that researchers can dissect or deliver material to cells using nothing more than a laser beam.

Click here to go to the Cafe Scientifique website.

Please contact Michael Jackman,, if intending to attend as places may be limited.

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