Science Café At The Cut
The Cut Science Café was started in 2014 by Dr Umi Hashim, with the inaugural ‘food for thought’ event. Among the first speakers were Dr Richard Bowater and Professor Laura Bowater of UEA who still support the Cut Science Café, and Richard presented a talk on The Molecules of Life in February 2021.
Speakers are drawn from a wide range of scientific research areas and Science Café has strong links with Norwich Research Park, particularly with UEA, and the John Innes Centre [JIC], where Umi was a research scientist.
The overall aim of The Cut Science Café is to encourage dialogue, discussion and interaction between non-scientists and scientists about current scientific research which may potentially affect us all, presented in a way that is accessible for all.
Since beginning in 2014, The Cut Science Café has continued to grow in popularity.
In the early days Science Café invested in headsets, roving mics and a PA system to be able to facilitate a better Q&A. It outgrew The Cut café concourse in 2019 and moved to the theatre, allowing food and drink back in the café.
It is amazing to hear about the functions of everyday life that are so often taken for granted by people and learn more about how these intricate systems function and how they impact us.
I am currently in High school and can say that these talks are not hard to understand. You can learn a huge amount by coming to the Cut and attending one of these talks.”
E.Birch aged 13 & 3/4s.
Previous Science Cafes
Food for thought
Cancer, Cure & Care
January: Energy provision and climate change
February: The Science of Ageing, or Not?
March: Infections, Antibiotics, Alternatives
May: Artificial Intelligence: Do machines help us?
June: Do genes prescribe our lives?
July: Social Media & Personal Interaction
AUGUST SPECIAL: Sat 10-4pm 2015 UNESCO Year of Soil & Light. Special Science day, with demos, trials, activities, food sampling, lectures & film. 8 different organisations involved , with Art & Science collaboration.
September: Don’t trust me, I am a Scientist
October: The Balance between Biodiversity & Farm Productivity
November: Syndromic Surveillance: Public Health & Private data
January: Cereal Thriller- Wheat will happen next?
February: Gene Sequencing, Super Computers & Biological Investigations
March: 2016 Is International year of beans and pulses
September: Stem Cell research
October: Versatile & Beneficial Microbes
November: Science & Religion
January: Dark Energy and Dark Matter
February: Sex, Art & Genes
March: Thinking Fast & Slow
September: Sound & Vision
October: Life on Mars?
November: Microbes fight back
January: Golden Jubilee at JIC!
February: The Structure of DNA.
March: SOS Signals from Ocean to Earth.
September: You, The Scientist & The Farmer.
October: Science in Art.
January: It's a Knockout!
February: Joint Replacement? New Approaches
March: Concussion & Brain Injury Support
January: The Genetic Origins of Humankind
November: Bones heal more easily than joits, WHY? On zoom. Video available here
December: Fisheries Research And The Science Of Fish Migration. On zoom.
January: Peas please, for health, wealth and the planet! With the renowned scientist, Professor Claire Domoney on Zoom.
February: The Molecules of Life with Professor Richard Bowater, on Zoom. Video available here
2022 is the tenth year of The Cut Science Cafe with a full programme of events.
January: Vision Made Possible with Dr Jordi Asher of the University of Essex
February: Fascinating Fascia with Ian Drakard
March: Special 10th Anniversary event - The Future of Farming with Johann Tasker