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Michael Granville

When?
Monday, May 21 2018 at 7:30PM

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South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Michael Granville

What's the talk about?

Mike Granville was educated and brought up entirely in the Catholic tradition. He attended a primary school run by nuns and a secondary school run by De la Salle brothers. At that time, the church paid most (about 85%) of the cost of running the schools. That has changed and faith schools are now fully funded by the state.

Now a Secular-Humanist Mike Granville campaigns for an end to state funding of Faith Schools.

The government has channelled increasing funds to faith schools over the last twenty years. This continues despite the continued decline in church attendance. Mike will look at figures and see how the law has been set up to support an openly discriminatory system in school admissions.

Philip Moriarty

When?
Monday, April 23 2018 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Philip Moriarty

What's the talk about?

There is no doubt that quantum physics embodies mind-blowing concepts that force us the question the very nature of reality. And if there’s a contender for our current best “theory of everything” then quantum mechanics wins hands down.

But, far too often, the word “quantum” signals the worst type of vacuous pseudoscientific gobbledegook. It’s exploited by those who are entirely clueless about the underlying physics — or, worse, should know better — to evoke a misplaced mysticism about the ‘holistic’ nature of the universe. Moreover, when consciousness and quantum collide, the nonsense factor goes through the roof…

Philip Moriarty will aim to tease out the science from the mysticism and show that while quantum physics certainly has its weird and wacky aspects, it’s at heart a theory of waves. That means we can very often easily interpret what’s happening at the quantum level in terms of the everyday world around us – he’ll take a look at what coffee cups, drums, and a SlinkyTM can tell us about the broader nature of the universe (and Deepak Chopra’s place in it).

Philip Moriarty is a professor of physics at the University of Nottingham.

Barry Gibson

When?
Monday, March 26 2018 at 7:30PM

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South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Barry Gibson

What's the talk about?

The talk will focus on whether or not we can conceive of oral health as a life course project. The talk will look at data taken from qualitative interviews with older people exploring the significance of the mouth and oral health in older age. We will also explore when it became possible to conceive of being able to keep one's teeth into older age and what the consequences might be for society. If this project were to be recognised what might the implications be for health and social policy?

Professor Barry Gibson is a sociologist who has spent the last twenty years working in dentistry. He teaches sociology to dental students and writes about oral health, dentistry and society. He spends most of his time outside of work walking his dog, going to the cinema and listening to podcasts. He would like to be better at photography but well you know.

Katie Steckles

When?
Monday, February 26 2018 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Katie Steckles

What's the talk about?

We all know that people with maths, science and technology skills are experienced at problem-solving. But how useful are those skills in the real world? Mathematician and speaker Katie Steckles will show you some mathematical, logical and geometrical tricks to solve some of everyday life’s minor challenges – from tying your shoelace to changing a duvet cover, and plenty of others. You’ll never fold a t-shirt the same way again!

Katie Steckles is a mathematician based in Manchester, who gives talks and workshops on different areas of maths. She finished her PhD in 2011, and since then has talked about maths in schools, at science festivals, on BBC radio, at music festivals, as part of theatre shows and on the internet. She enjoys doing puzzles, solving the Rubik’s cube and baking things shaped like maths. In 2016, Katie was awarded the Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement.

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Karen Douglas

When?
Monday, December 18 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Karen Douglas

What's the talk about?

NOTE: This event is on the 3rd Monday in December because there's apparently something happening on the 25th...

Was 9/11 an inside job? Is climate change a hoax? Was Princess Diana murdered? Millions of people appear to think so, disbelieving official explanations for significant events in favour of alternative accounts that are often called ‘conspiracy theories’. In recent years, psychologists have begun to investigate what makes conspiracy theories appealing to so many people. In this talk, Prof. Karen Douglas will broadly overview what psychologists have found out so far, and will discuss some of her own findings on the causes and consequences of belief in conspiracy theories.

Karen Douglas is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent. In addition to conducting work on the psychology of conspiracy theories, she is involved in projects examining sexism in language, the influence of sexist ideology on attitudes toward pregnant women, and the psychology of internet behaviour.

Martin Graff

When?
Monday, November 27 2017 at 7:30PM

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South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Martin Graff

What's the talk about?

There is much evidence that being in a good relationship can be beneficial to our health, happiness and general well-being. However, should we resort to online dating in the pursuit of a happy relationship? Psychological research would seem to suggest that online dating may not be the easy answer.

This talk focuses on the reasons why we should be cautious in our online dating pursuits. For example, people make bad decisions in online dating. Furthermore, those we contact are often not what they appear to be. Additionally, there is no evidence that the algorithms employed by dating sites and which purport to match us with a desirable partner actually work in reality. Finally, this talk will conclude with some information on how to maximize our chances in an online dating environment.

Dr Martin Graff is Reader in Psychology at the University of South Wales, UK, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist. He has researched cognitive processes in web-based learning, the formation and dissolution of romantic relationships online and offline, online persuasion and disinhibition. He has written over 50  scientific  articles,  published  widely  in  the  field  of  Internet  behaviour,  and presented his work at numerous International Conferences. He writes for Psychology Today magazine and regularly speaks at events in the UK and Internationally.

John Cossham

When?
Monday, October 23 2017 at 7:30PM

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Farm Road
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South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
John Cossham

What's the talk about?

John Cossham FRSA is a campaigner, sustainability activist and entertainer who co-founded Frack-Free York in 2011.

He won the Oxfam Carbon Footprint competition in 2008 with the lowest in the UK, and is passionate about compost, polyamory, bicycles and Near Term Human Extinction.

His talk covers unconventional gas extraction and climate change, and promises to be both interesting and entertaining.

Alice Howarth

When?
Monday, September 25 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Alice Howarth

What's the talk about?

One in two of us will suffer with cancer in our lifetime and almost all of us have some experience of the disease. But do we really know what cancer is and how we can work towards a cure? Is a cure even possible? And how can we arm ourselves with the right information to help us prevent and treat cancer?

Alice is a researcher who has worked in the Institute of Translational Medicine at the University of Liverpool with both non-profit and for-profit organisations. In this talk she will discuss what cancer is, how it works and just how we are working towards understanding and curing the disease. She will talk about the complexities of research and some of the big success stories that relate directly to some of the many types of cancer. Only when we understand the difficulties we face can we discern between bogus cancer treatment claims and genuine scientific advancement in this field.

How food advertising impacts children’s eating behaviour.

Laura von Nordheim

When?
Monday, August 28 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Laura von Nordheim

What's the talk about?

It is essential to celebrate health and beauty at every size, shape and weight. Obesity, however, is a serious health condition that affects more than 42 million children worldwide. Rather than driven by personal choice, weight gain is closely linked to our environment. Media clearly affects our food choices, eating behaviours and exercise habits - and can be used for better or worse.

Find out how food advertising impacts our eating behaviour - and how we can use this powerful influence to improve children’s diets! 

Laura has always had a passion for health and wellbeing - the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and of our planet as a whole. Nutrition quickly became the focus of her career path and she worked as a health interventionist, cooking instructor and chef for a wide range of community and governemental projects. Working in clinics for children and adults affected by eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating and obesity gave Laura valuable insight into eating behaviour while completing her BSc Psychology and MSc Health Psychology in London. As a postgraduate researcher at University of Sheffield, Laura investigates ‘Media influence and Childhood Obesity’.

Timandra Harkness

When?
Monday, July 24 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Timandra Harkness

What's the talk about?

Big Data knows where you’ve been and who your friends are. It knows what you like and what makes you angry. It can predict what you’ll buy, where you’ll be the victim of crime and when you’ll have a heart attack. Big Data knows you better than you know yourself, or so it claims.

But how well do you know big data?

From science to smart cities, business to politics, self-quantification to the Internet of Things, people are talking about big data as a force for change Privacy, democracy, even our ideas of who we are, could be transformed. You don’t need to be a Silicon Valley tech prodigy to understand what’s going on.

Timandra Harkness writes comedy, not computer code. The only programs she makes are on the radio. If she can understand what’s going on, so can you. Some of the ideas underlying Big Data are based on the kind of mathematics anybody can grasp: different measures that are correlated in predictable patterns; the relationship between the average of a population and what that tells you about an individual; how we study networks and connections to learn something new about the big picture. Others, though harder to grasp in theory, are familiar in practice: apps on our  phones that locate us on a map, or count our steps; internet search engines that predict what we’d like to buy; websites that translate other languages into  English.

But big data isn’t just neat mathematics or clever technology. It has implications for all of us.

Timandra asks the big questions about where it’s taking us: is it too big for its boots, or does it think too small? Are you a data point or a human being? She aims to leave you armed and ready to decide what you think about one of the decade’s big ideas: big data.

Aaron Thierry

When?
Monday, June 26 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Aaron Thierry

What's the talk about?

Despite a consilience of evidence and an overwhelming consensus among the scientific community, the science of human caused climate change is still widely misunderstood and misrepresented. Recent events in the US illustrate just how widespread and influential climate denial has become; with potentially catastrophic implications for all of us.

With climate misinformation still prevalent in the British media, what can we do to better promote scientific understanding of this crucial issue? In the spirit of mounting a defense of evidence based policy this talk aims to highlight some of the key misconceptions about the science and explain why they are wrong.


Dr. Aaron Thierry received his PhD in Ecology from the University of Sheffield. He subsequently researched the impacts of global warming on the carbon cycle in Arctic ecosystems. His studies have led him to be very concerned about the potential impacts of disruptions to our climate and he now spends much of his time lobbying for political action to reduce carbon emissions. A passionate defender for science and rational thinking Aaron was one of Sheffield's contingent who took part in the March for Science in London this April.

Mark Sutton

When?
Monday, May 22 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Mark Sutton

What's the talk about?

In this talk, Mark Sutton informs why a monarchy is corrosive within any democracy and how the British people deserve a better system for all.

Mark Sutton has been The Co-ordinator for Republic in Yorkshire for most of their 5 years of existence.


In that time they have visited virtually every sizeable city and town in the county engaging with the general public. They can often also be found at political events up and down the region, and have regularly appeared in the press and on radio several times plus twice on TV as well as a three page article in a national newspaper only last year.

Although Mar live in Newark on Trent through marriage he considers himself a proud Yorkshireman and son of Wakefield, where he can be found regularly as a lifelong supporter of the Mighty Wakefield Trinity. He is also an obsessive music fan with something of a photographic memory for a tune.