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Each month Oriel Science Cafe invites a leading expert in their field to give a brief introductory talk followed by a friendly informal chat. You can sit back, relax with a drink in your hand and listen or get involved in the discussion and debate.

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Climate Challenge: the facts and the effects
Professor Siwan Davies (Swansea University)
Wednesday 5th December at 7:30pm

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. In 2015 Prof. Siwan Davies, a Geographer and climate scientist from Swansea University, embarked on a journey to find out how climate change is already affecting communities around the world. From the heights of the Greenland ice sheet to the low-lying islands of the Maldives, Siwan’s experiences were featured in two TV documentary series produced by Elin Rhys and Telesgop for S4C and Sky Vision. In this Christmas lecture Siwan shares her experiences of leaving her research laboratory to find out more about the real-life impacts, actions and solutions to our climate challenge.

Newid hinsawdd yw un o’r heriau mwyaf sy’n wynebu dynoliaeth. Yn 2015 cychwynodd Yr Athro Siwan Davies, Daearyddwraig a gwyddonydd yr hinsawdd, ar daith i ganfod sut mae cymunedau ar draws y byd eisoes yn teimlo effeithiau newid hinsawdd. O uchelfannau'r Ynys Las i ynysoedd isel y Maldives, buodd profiadau Siwan yn rhan o ddwy gyfres ddogfen a luniwyd gan Elin Rhys a Telesgop ar gyfer S4C a Sky Vision. Bydd Siwan yn rhannu eu phrofiadau o adael y labordy ymchwil i ganfod mwy am effeithiau ac ymatebion i her yr hinsawdd.


FameLab - Swansea Heats
(in association with Swansea University Public Engagement Forum)
Wednesday 30th January 2019 at 7:30pm

FameLab is the UK's biggest competition to discover new talent in the communication of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Come along tonight and hear aspiring science communicators battle it out for a place in the Swansea heat!

FameLab - Wales Finale 
(in association with Swansea University Public Engagement Forum) 
Wednesday 27th February 2019 at 7:30pm

Oriel Science Cafe is delighted to again host the All-Wales final of FameLab, the UK's largest competition to discover the next big science communicator. The winner of tonight's competition goes to the UK-wide final, so come along and listen to our skilled presenters educate and entertain.

Cefn Coed Remembered: creating a legacy 
Martin Thomas, ABMU (NHS)
Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 7:30pm

ABMU Heritage Team had the unique opportunity of capturing the legacy of Cefn Coed Hospital; a psychiatric hospital in Swansea, which opened in 1932 and is now being decommissioned. Martin Thomas will give an insight into how working in partnership with Swansea University and Oriel Science, along with local artists, poets, computer engineers and past and present staff members, collaborated to bring together an exploratory and interactive exhibition at Swansea Museum. Martin will also discuss how the challenges during the process were overcome and resolved to an outstanding conclusion.

Inner space: the hidden architecture of nature
Prof Richard Johnston (Swansea University)
Wednesday 24th April 2019 at 7:30pm

Discover an unseen world in minute detail. From heart tissue to ancient mummies, cuttlefish to leafcutter ants - using the latest X-ray imaging techniques to reveal the amazing microstructures usually hidden from view, in the world around us. Explore the form and function of the internal architectures of nature and find out how they can inspire and improve new materials and engineering design.

Cael cipolwg y tu mewn i bethau: pensaernïaeth gudd natur Cewch ddarganfod byd nas gwelwyd o'r blaen yn fanwl iawn. O feinwe'r galon i fymïod hynafol, ystifflogod i forgrug sy'n torri dail – gallwn weld y microstrwythurau anhygoel nad oes modd eu gweld fel arfer yn y byd o'n cwmpas drwy ddefnyddio'r technegau delweddu pelydr-x diweddaraf. Edrychwch ar ffurf a swyddogaeth pensaernïaeth fewnol natur a gweld sut y gallant ysbrydoli a gwella deunyddiau newydd a'r gwaith o ddylunio peirianneg.

About Us

Oriel Science Café is committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable. This public lecture series has been running since 2005! Science Cafés are held in casual settings across the UK and further afield. They are informal and accessible and entry is entirely free. They usually start with a short talk from the speaker, usually a scientist or writer, followed by a quick break for glasses to be refilled and then half an hour or so of discussion afterwards. Previous topics have included dark matter, the common cold, Dr Who, the Big Bang and alternative therapies. The first Cafes Scientifiques in the UK were held in Leeds in 1998. From there cafés gradually spread across the country where you can meet regularly to hear scientists or writers on science talk about their work and discuss it with diverse audiences.

Oriel Science is Swansea University's science engagement project  It's mission is to “Showcase Science in the Community”. Oriel Science built a pop-up exhibition centre in the city centre, runs school outreach events, exhibits in events across South Wales, organises special exhibitions in the National Waterfront Museum and ... runs the Oriel Scienc Café.