Skeptics in the Pub, Leicester

Skeptics in the Pub, Leicester hosts a speaker in a pub on the third Tuesday of every month. We ask for a £3 donation to speaker's expenses.

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The greatest controversy since the publication of the Origin of Species

Miles Hillmann

When?
Tuesday, October 16 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

8 Pocklingtons Walk,
Leicester,
LE1 6BU

Who?
Miles Hillmann

What's the talk about?

Fracking for shale gas is topical and controversial. The first fracking operation, since a moratorium on fracking was imposed in 2011, has received approval at Cuadrilla. Fracking generates strong views among opponents and supporters.

Charles Darwin’s revolutionary Origin of Species theory pitted scientific evidence against emotion. The arguments for and against fracking are heavily based on emotion – the environmental risks, and a fear of what might happen.

This talk will focus on the evidence, what is happening and the way the risks are being tackled.

 

Miles Hillmann is Chairman of the Liquid Pollution Control Group of the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF). He is working with the Environment Agency on developing Technical Guidelines for best practice on protecting groundwater pollution on shale gas sites. He operates a  company which provides spill control technologies, training and services. 

Rotting corpses, and what we can learn from them

Dr Anna Williams

When?
Tuesday, November 20 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

8 Pocklingtons Walk,
Leicester,
LE1 6BU

Who?
Dr Anna Williams

What's the talk about?

This highly illustrated talk (graphic images) describes the unique outdoor forensic laboratories known colloquially as 'Body Farms' in the USA and Australia, and discusses how the research that has been conducted at them has helped criminal investigations. It details how there isn't a similar facility in the UK or Europe, and explores the reasons for and against them, and discusses public opinion towards them, in order to stimulate healthy debate.

Dr Anna Williams is Principal Enterprise Fellow in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Huddersfield. She read Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford University, and specialised in Forensic Anthropology through a Masters, PhD and lots of casework. She's an expert in forensic osteology (bones) and decomposition. She has appeared on TV and radio discussing anthropology and forensic science. She was a 2014 British Science Association Media Fellow for New Scientist.

You can find out more about Dr Anna Williams and body farms below:

 

Twitter: @Bonegella and @HTF_4_UK 
Website: http://htf4uk.blogspot.com/ 

Michael Marshall

When?
Tuesday, December 18 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

8 Pocklingtons Walk,
Leicester,
LE1 6BU

Who?
Michael Marshall

What's the talk about?

In 2013, when Michael Marshall first interviewed the Vice President of the Flat Earth society for his show Be Reasonable, people could scarcely believe that anyone could genuinely think the Earth was flat. Five years later, Flat Earth belief has gone mainstream, spawning thousands of hours of YouTube videos, gaining widespread international media coverage, and attracting countless followers. How did we get here?

In this talk, Marshall will talk through his experiences of the Flat Earth movement, take a look at the leaders and some of their reasoning, and report back from the weekend he spent at the UK’s first ever Flat Earth convention.

Michael Marshall is the Project Director of the Good Thinking Society and the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work has seen him organising international homeopathy protests, going undercover to expose psychics and quack medics, and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Statesman.

 

Katie Steckles

When?
Tuesday, January 15 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

8 Pocklingtons Walk,
Leicester,
LE1 6BU

Who?
Katie Steckles

What's the talk about?

We all know that people with maths, science and technology skills are experienced at problem-solving. But how useful are those skills in the real world? Mathematician and speaker Katie Steckles will show you some mathematical, logical and geometrical tricks to solve some of everyday life’s minor challenges – from tying your shoelace to changing a duvet cover, and plenty of others. You’ll never fold a t-shirt the same way again!

Katie Steckles is a mathematician based in Manchester, who gives talks and workshops on different areas of maths. She finished her PhD in 2011, and since then has talked about maths in schools, at science festivals, on BBC radio, at music festivals, as part of theatre shows and on the internet. She enjoys doing puzzles, solving the Rubik’s cube and baking things shaped like maths. In 2016, Katie was awarded the Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement.

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