We have a network of contacts with different universities and institutions who support our events. We are very grateful to these entertaining and constructive people who give of their time, and are fundamental to our Cafe Sci. We try to plan our calendar to present a variety of topics but are of course somewhat dependant upon the profile of volunteers!

Speakers can find guidelines to our preferred style here


December 16th. Nuclear Waste: Where does it come from? How do we dispose of it? What has the computational Modelling of a ceramic got to do with it?

Rebecca Bird MRSC, Doctoral Researcher, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham

With the ever growing demand for electricity and the UK government’s commitment, as part of the 2008 climate change Act, to reduce carbon emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, there is a clear and vital need for low carbon power generation. As one of the viable ‘clean’ energy options, policymakers consider nuclear power to have an important role in the secure, ‘green’, and affordable energy supply of the future.  Yet nuclear power is the major source of radioactive waste. In this talk, having given a brief overview of how a nuclear power plant operates, Rebecca will shine the spotlight on the different types of nuclear waste before introducing her research into the computer modelling of a ceramic material for the immobilisation of the most radioactive wastes. 

Having grown up in Leamington Spa, Rebecca went to the University of Bath to study for a degree in Natural Sciences, during which she specialised into the field of chemistry and discovered the realm of computational chemistry. She is now a member of Dr Mark Read’s research group, based in the School of Chemistry and part of The Centre for Nuclear Education and Research at the University of Birmingham, which focuses on the computer modelling of materials related to the nuclear power industry.


Mar 16th. Digital Manufacturing, 3D Printing and robotics. Todd Williams, University of Warwick and Printed Electronics Ltd.


April 20th. The great wave across Doggerland – how Britain survived the Storrega tsunami. Professor Robin Allaby, University of Warwick


May 18th. “Can we make a realistic and ethical laboratory model of chronic lung infection?” Dr Freya Harrison, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick

June 15th. Topic to be decided. Chris Goodall of Carbon Commentary