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Professor Kate Jones

When?
Monday, September 7 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Professor Kate Jones

What's the talk about?

Bats make up one of the largest group of mammals on the planet - one in every five species of mammal is a bat. They use sophisticated ultrasonic sounds too high for us to hear to navigate and to find food. Bats are found all over the world from pristine rainforests to urban areas like Regent’s Park and are responsible for billions of dollars’ worth of insect regulation, pollination and seed dispersal.

Despite this, bats are commonly misrepresented, misunderstood and feared. In this talk, Kate Jones will discuss the natural history of bats and the common misconceptions about these animals and let you listen in to their hidden acoustic world.

Kate Jones is Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity at University College London and The Zoological Society of London. She has been studying bat ecology for over 20 years, is the author of over 80 scientific publications and is the current Chair of The Bat Conservation Trust. She regularly appears on TV and Radio 4 to talk about wildlife conservation and bat-related issues.

Cost: £3 to cover our expenses.

Martin Graff

When?
Monday, October 5 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Martin Graff

What's the talk about?

More and more people are looking for love online rather than meeting people the old fashioned way. There’s good evidence that relationships are good for our physical and mental health and you can’t snuggle up with a PS4 on a cold night.

Drawing on psychological research, this talk focuses on seven reasons why online dating may not be the answer.

Some of the principal considerations are that we make bad decisions in online dating and people are certainly not what they seem to be. This means that such a matching system is not a good predictor for the sustainability of relationships face-to-face.

Dr Martin Graff is Reader and Head of Research in Psychology at the University of South Wales, 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 also writes a blog in Psychology Today.

Daisy Christodoulou

When?
Monday, November 2 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Daisy Christodoulou

What's the talk about?

How do we best teach children to be sceptical and questioning? Can they learn everything they need to know from first principles? Are there some things they just need to take on trust? If pupils do need to depend on authority, how can we also teach them to be sceptical of it?

And what does scientific evidence have to tell us – how do we think and learn, and is it even possible to teach critical thinking and scepticism?

Daisy Christodoulou is the head of education research at the charity Ark.

She first became known for her outstanding performance on University Challenge as captain of the Warwick University team in 2006-7 and is now known both for her book Seven Myths about Education and for presenting a Radio 4 programme on the subject.