Welcome to Barnsley Skeptics in the Pub!

Our meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at The Old No.7 (cellar bar).

Check the events list for upcoming speakers we have booked.

Dr Alice Howarth

When?
Thursday, February 1 2018 at 8:00PM

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Where?

7 Market Hill
Barnsley
S70 2PX


www.oldno7barnsley.co.uk

Who?
Dr 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.

 

When?
Thursday, March 1 2018 at 8:00PM

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Where?

7 Market Hill
Barnsley
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Who?

What's the talk about?

An 80,000 word PhD thesis would take 9 hours to present….we're giving our presenters 5 minutes and two slides.

Based on the The University of Queensland developed 'Three Minute Thesis' we're allowing PhD students from Sheffield Hallam University the opportunity to showcase their exciting research. Presenting in a concise and abbreviated way under pressure increases their capacity to effectively explain their research, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed two PowerPoint slides, but no other resources or props.

The idea for the Three Minute Thesis competition came about at a time when the state of Queensland was suffering severe drought. To conserve water, residents were encouraged to time their showers, and many people had a three minute egg timer fixed to the wall in their bathroom. The then Dean of the UQ Graduate School, Emeritus Professor Alan Lawson, put two and two together and the idea for the 3MT competition was born.

In this adaptation of the original idea we're allowing students 5 minutes and two slides to tell the Barnsley Skeptics the work they're engaged in. This will be followed by a 5 minute Q&A on the presentation. Students representing the disciplines of biology, materials science, psychology and design will put their work up for the scrutiny of the audience.

Sean Bw Parker

When?
Thursday, April 5 2018 at 8:00PM

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Where?

7 Market Hill
Barnsley
S70 2PX


www.oldno7barnsley.co.uk

Who?
Sean Bw Parker

What's the talk about?

Sean Bw Parker (born 19 May 1975) is a writer, musician, artist and public speaker. He lived in Istanbul for ten years until 2014, where he presented a TED talk at Istanbul's Kadir Has University titled 'Stammering and Creativity', one of the most viewed internet videos on the subject. 


Parker is a prolific writer, having published five books and with work appearing in Time Out Istanbul, Cosmopolitan (in interview), NME.com, USA Today, Multicultural Guide, Louder Than War and regularly for Getintothis.
 
With a Q&A throughout, the focus of “Stammering and the Moment” is on an existential, light-hearted view of the condition, alongside open and honest descriptions of Sean’s experiences with it.