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Rebecca Nesbit

When?
Monday, November 6 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Rebecca Nesbit

What's the talk about?

Save the Honeybee stories are never far from the news, but is the species really under threat? And should environmentalists be interested in them at all? Britain has around 250 bee species, yet almost all the attention goes to the domestic honeybee. Queen bees are traded around the world, and honeybee populations are dependent on the work of beekeepers, so should we see them as wildlife

Rebecca Nesbit will explore how we choose which species should be conservation priorities, and therefore whether protecting honeybees is important. She will argue that the evidence for the EU’s widely-publicised ban on neonicotinoid pesticides is not as clear cut as many news outlets would have us believe.

Rebecca is an ecologist and writer with a particular interest in the science and ethics of setting conservation priorities. For her PhD she used radars and flight simulators to study butterfly migration, and she now works in science communication. She has written two books: ‘Is that Fish in Your Tomato?’, looking at the fact and fiction of GM foods, and ‘A Column of Smoke’, a novel.

Anthony Warner

When?
Tuesday, December 5 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Anthony Warner

What's the talk about?

NOTE DATE CHANGE TO TUESDAY 

Why anyone who says that weight gain and obesity are simple is probably trying to sell you something.

Anthony Warner, aka The Angry Chef, will cover the science of weight gain, the problem with weight stigma, and the many people selling lies and false promises. He will also discuss why our fear of fat, and our deeply help prejudice against larger bodies, leaves us susceptible to adopting false beliefs and believing the sellers of certainty.

Find out why fad diets, celebrity clean eaters, fear of carbs and other nutribollocks make him so Angry.

 (This is a different talk from the one at QED)

 Anthony Warner somehow managed to complete a Biochemistry Degree at Manchester University and then, after ten years in restaurants, hotels and events-catering, he became a development chef in the food manufacturing industry and has spent the last 11 years working on some of the UK’s best-known brands and products

In 2016, driven by frustration at the clearly unscientific messages being spewed out by a new breed of healthy eating celebrities, he started the Angry Chef blog.

He now writes regularly for New Scientist, The Pool and the Sunday Times, and his first book is The Angry Chef - Bad Science and the Truth about Healthy Eating. He has appeared on Inside Science, The Food Programme and was once asked if he would be happy to eat his own dog on The Moral Maze.

 

And because it’s nearly Christmas, there will be prizes and (carb-based) treats for all the good boys and girls.

 

£3 to cover expenses.

Colin Stuart

When?
Monday, January 8 2018 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Colin Stuart

What's the talk about?

Tim Peake's recent visit to the International Space Station has placed a fresh spotlight on the latest developments in space exploration. But space travel is still a pretty new area of human endeavour and our ideas about what and who might be out there have constantly shifted over the years. One place this is particularly apparent is in the famous Christmas Lectures held by the Royal Institution each year.

Last year Colin Stuart was lucky enough to rummage around in their archives and write a book about 13 of the lectures devoted to space and time. The first was delivered way back in 1881. The last was the 2015 lectures featuring a message from Tim from orbit. In this talk Colin will be sharing some of the stories from the lectures, along with some of his favourite anecdotes about digging through the archives including finding Carl Sagan's immigration form and Dewar's radioactive notebooks.

Colin Stuart is an astronomy speaker and author who has talked to well over a quarter of a million people about the universe, ranging from schools and the public to conferences and businesses. His books have sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide and he's written over 150 popular science articles for publications including The Guardian, New Scientist and BBC Focus.

In recognition of his efforts to popularise astronomy, the asteroid (15347) Colinstuart is named after him and he is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. In 2014 he was runner-up in the European Astronomy Journalism Prize and has talked about the wonders of the universe on Sky News, BBC News and Radio 5Live. His other adventures have included climbing the UK's biggest radio telescope, stargazing from the Sahara and abseiling his old school’s science block for charity.