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Dr Freya Harrison

When?
Wednesday, June 6 2018 at 7:30PM

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108 St Aldate's
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Who?
Dr Freya Harrison

What's the talk about?

People with the genetic condition cystic fibrosis contract chronic lung infections, which are highly resistant to antibiotics. Different species of bacteria come together to form slime-encased multicellular "biofilms" that clog the airways and protect the microbes within from attack by antibiotics, or by the host's immune system. It can be very hard to predict, from standard diagnostic lab tests, which antibiotics might be able to penetrate biofilm defences and kill bacteria. Further, pathogenic microbes can work together to cause damage to the lung tissues and to protect each other from antibiotics. To better understand how cystic fibrosis lung infection develops, we use lung tissue from pigs slaughtered for meat to build realistic lung biofilms in the lab. In this way, we hope that we can find the Achilles' heel of debilitating and often lethal lung infection - and help researchers work on many different aspects of lung infection microbiology without the need for experiments on live animals.

Dr Freya Harrison is a microbiologist working in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick. She researches how bacterial pathogens interact and evolve during chronic infections, especially in the long-lived lung infections that affect people with the genetic disorder cystic fibrosis. She is also a founder member of the interdisciplinary AncientBiotics consortium​, which seeks to identify, reconstruct and test infection remedies from medieval medical books in the hope of finding new agents to treat antibiotic-resistant infections.

Image: The bacterium P. aeruginosa forms sticky blue-green biofilm around tissue taken from pigs' airways. Credit: Dr Freya Harrison

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Deborah Hyde

When?
Wednesday, May 2 2018 at 7:30PM

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108 St Aldate's
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Who?
Deborah Hyde

What's the talk about?

Witchcraft became big news in the 16th and 17th centuries. Torrents of learned discussion turned to action, and the corpses piled high.

But where did the legal infrastructure for such a mass persecution arise? Had this power already been tested and used? Deborah will discuss totalitarianism, paranoia and yearnings for empire in the making of a very bloody delusion.

Deborah Hyde is editor of The Skeptic (skeptic.org.uk). She writes and broadcasts about why people believe in the malign macabre (DeborahHyde.com)

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Alex Farrow

When?
Wednesday, April 4 2018 at 7:30PM

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108 St Aldate's
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Who?
Alex Farrow

What's the talk about?

Alex Farrow is a philosophy teacher and stand-up comedian who will be exploring what he learnt from teaching philosophy in a 6th form college to Muslim and Christian teenagers in East London

What place do philosophy and scepticism have in the school classroom?

What is the "British values agenda" and are British values under attack?

What is the role of the teacher in creating, challenging and shaping the ethical and social opinions of young people?

Alex has been invited to perform stand-up comedy about philosophy everywhere from Mervyn Stutter's pick of the Edinburgh Fringe, the National Museum of Scotland, music festivals, comedy clubs around the UK and the Oxford University Teaching Awards. He was also Farmington Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford in 2015 researching Philosophy in Schools

He is the host of Jericho Comedy Oxford. Jericho Comedy raised £8,700 for the mental health charity Oxfordshire Mind last year for more information about them visit www.tighfive.org/jerichocomedy

“witty, positive and talented” – DailyInfo Oxford “An engaging and entertaining pairing of learning and good humour!” – **** The Latest, Brighton

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Neil Woods

When?
Wednesday, March 7 2018 at 7:30PM

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108 St Aldate's
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Who?
Neil Woods

What's the talk about?

Meet Neil Woods - a former Police Officer who worked undercover for 14 years as part of the war on drugs. From a samurai sword to the neck and being stripped naked at gun point Neil had many near death experiences as he infiltrated drug gangs across the U.K.

He will recount tales from his undercover days and use these to illustrate how police tactics lead to the monopolisation and increased violence of Organised Crime, as the vulnerable victims of the Drug War are trampled in the crossfire.

His memoir Good Cop, Bad War blows the whistle on the way drugs are really policed in this country and has been described as "The best book ever written about the British War on Drugs" by Johann Hari.

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Cerys Bradley

When?
Wednesday, February 7 2018 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Cerys Bradley

What's the talk about?

For decades, science has been fascinated by the LGBTQ+ community. What makes gay people gay? How does sexuality affect one's behaviour, appearance, or ability to raise children? These are the questions that science has asked and the answers have had an impact not only within the scientific world, but also on public policy and the rights of LGBTQ+ citizens. Given the highly politicised nature of the topic, it is perhaps not surprising to discover biases and prejudices hidden in the construction, conduction, and conclusions of these studies but are they still valuable contributions to science?

PhD student (and lesbian) Cerys Bradley will discuss the scientific research into the LGBTQ+ community as well as its societal implications, and ask "just because science can ask a question, should it?".

Photo: Steve Cross

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7.30PM start at St. Aldates Tavern, and entry is free, although we do suggest a donation of around £3 to cover speaker expenses.

We tend to get busy, so arrive early to make sure you get a seat. If you have difficulty standing, send us a message and we'll make sure we reserve a chair for you.

Come along and say hello! All welcome.

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Dr Brenna Hassett

When?
Tuesday, January 9 2018 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Dr Brenna Hassett

What's the talk about?

Dr Brenna Hassett is an archaeologist who specialises in the evidence of past lives locked into the bones of the people who lived them. She examines the 15,000 year evolution of humans into an urban species and the traces of the new diseases, dangers, and other terrible ways to die we have invented on our road to modern city life.

Copies of Brenna's new book, Built on Bones: 15,000 Years of Urban Life and Death, will be on sale and available for signing at this event.

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Carl Heneghan

When?
Wednesday, November 29 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Carl Heneghan

What's the talk about?

Carl Heneghan is Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford and has been analysing evidence used for approval of the riskiest medical devices – those implanted in the body.

Metal, hips, breast implants, mesh, sterilisation implants have created considerable harm and have been made available often with little, or no, evidence. How can this be? It’s because current regulation permits it.

Carl has worked undercover with the Telegraph and Dutch TV to test approval, with the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show he highlighted failings in the Essure implant, he is an All Parliamentary Mesh group member calling for a ban on mesh and with the BMJ and Panorama he is working on the failing device regulation system.

If you are interested in how you can turn a tangerine net into a viable implantable mesh device product then this skeptics talk is for you.

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Kevin Precious

When?
Wednesday, November 1 2017 at 7:30PM

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108 St Aldate's
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Who?
Kevin Precious

What's the talk about?

In between the various comedic activites, Kevin Precious attends his local humanist group - he's an agnostic, folks - where he loves a good old debate about the big questions in life.

Expect jokes and stories then, about his time as an RE teacher, being a humanist, the God-Shaped Hole, and the philosophy of religion... and you can ask him a few questions of your own afterwards, if you wish.

Kevin Precious is a former RE teacher turned stand-up comedian and promoter. Besides having played many of the top clubs in the land, he also promotes shows in arts centres and theatres under the Barnstormers Comedy banner. He has previously toured the country with a stand-up show entitled 'Not Appropriate', dedicated to the business of teaching.

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Danny Dorling

When?
Wednesday, October 4 2017 at 7:30PM

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108 St Aldate's
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Who?
Danny Dorling

What's the talk about?

Political opinion in the UK in 2017 changed at a faster rate than it has changed in many decades. This statement is true if the measure of opinion used is voting intension in polling in May, or the swing in the general election held in June. The Labour Party raised the issue of economic inequality repeatedly during the election campaign. The Conservative election manifesto advocated meritocracy as a solution, maintaining inequalities but trying to ensure that those who deserve the most get the most. So who are the special people, and does rewarding them much more than others really benefit all? Or has the UK become an example of political incorrectness gone mad? As it is now the European country with the widest income inequalities of them all.

Danny Dorling is a Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford. He has also worked in Sheffield, Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds and New Zealand, went to university in Newcastle upon Tyne, and grew up in Oxford. He has published over forty books including many atlases and Injustice: Why social inequalities still persist in 2015; A Better Politics: How government can make us happier in 2016; and The Equality Effect in 2017.

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Charlotte Lydia Riley

When?
Wednesday, September 6 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Charlotte Lydia Riley

What's the talk about?

The British Empire was the largest empire in modern history. At its height, it covered a quarter of the world's surface and encompassed a fifth of the world's population. For centuries, Britannia ruled the waves; from Ireland to India, from Ghana to Guiana, the union flag flew high over British territory. Britain tells this story as a story of triumphs: a small island coming proudly to dominate the world, with the empire cast both as a sign of military might and as a humanitarian mission, bringing peace and civilisation to the wider world. But the reality was very different; the British empire was built on violence and exploitation, the populations under British rule rejected and resisted imperialism, and the British at home had a very ambivalent relationship to 'their' empire. This talk will look at some of the key myths of empire, and will explore why the British still have such a complicated understanding of their imperial past, and how the popular memory of empire still influences culture, politics and society today.

Charlotte Lydia Riley is a lecturer in twentieth century British history at the University of Southampton. She writes about the British empire and decolonization, aid and humanitarianism, and the Labour Party; her book explores all of these things to examine the connections between empire and the British metropole in the late twentieth century. She lives in east London and spends a lot of time on trains.

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Angela Saini

When?
Wednesday, August 2 2017 at 7:30PM

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108 St Aldate's
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Who?
Angela Saini

What's the talk about?

Did you know Darwin believed that women were intellectually inferior to men? Science has long had a problem with the female of our species, and in this talk I will explain why and how. I'll also explore new research that is correcting these old mistakes and attempting to paint a more accurate, and more empowering, portrait of women. From primates to patriarchy, I'll describe how easy it is for scientific research to be infected by sexism.

Angela Saini presents science programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, and her writing has appeared all over the world, including in New Scientist, the Guardian, Science, and Wired. She is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Kavli Science Journalism (2015) and the Association of British Science Writers’ award for best news story (2012). Her latest book is Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story. Follow her on Twitter @AngelaDSaini

Copies of Angela Saini's new book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story, will be on sale at the event.

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Carmen D’Cruz

When?
Wednesday, July 5 2017 at 7:30PM

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108 St Aldate's
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Oxford
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Who?
Carmen D’Cruz

What's the talk about?

  • Ever wondered how to make non-science people see how great science, technology, and critical thinking can be?
  • Why are events like Skeptics in the Pub, Cafe Scientifique and Science Showoff filled with people who already have science degrees instead of the people who could gain the most from them?
  • How can the science community and the general public work together to get more people coming to things like this and encourage the nation as a whole to embrace critical thinking?

Carmen D’Cruz is one of the organisers and co-hosts of London Skeptics in the Pub, an award winning monthly event. We cover science, technology, history, philosophy and related current affairs. She has worked with groups from all over the world on evidence based campaigns and events, giving talks about critical thinking and the wonders of science for beginners and would-be experts alike. She lives and works in London as a project management director, not a scientist.

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