Tulliemet - cafe scientifique

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Some general information about the Café Scientifique concept is available here and further details of other Cafés in the UK and around the world can be found on the UK coordinating website.  We are currently organising Café Scientifique meetings in our local rural area (hence we call ourselves the Pitlochry-Aberfeldy-Dunkeld Café Sci).


2018 Winter-Spring schedule now available.

Tuesday 20th February (Royal Dunkeld Hotel)

Prof Jenny Woof, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee

“Antibodies: versatile proteins that form nature's own seek and destroy defence system.”


Tuesday 13th March (Café Calluna, Pitlochry)

Prof Malinda Carpenter, School of Psychology and Neuroscience, St Andrews

“Becoming one of ‘us’:  The development of group-mindedness and affiliation in young children”


Tuesday 17th April (Royal Dunkeld Hotel)

Dr Juliana Bowles, School of Computer Science, St Andrews

"Managing multiple chronic conditions: evidence versus experience"


Tuesday 16th January (Café Calluna, Pitlochry)  ** To be re-arranged for a later date **

Dr Alison Pease, School of Science and Engineering, University of Dundee

“Can computers be creative?”

Computational Creativity has been an area of research in AI for around twenty years: I will give a brief overview of the field, highlight progress that the community has made and describe some CC systems in different domains, such as mathematics, poetry and art. We will consider technical and sociological challenges that the field faces, and discuss whether computers be ever be considered to creative.

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Previous meetings:


Dec 2017 - "The crystal maze" - led by Prof. Philip Lightfoot, St Andrews

Nov 2017 - "The long-term co-evolution of Earth and Life” - led by Dr Mark Claire, St Andrews

Oct 2017 - “The light’s for turning” - led by Dr Martin Dominik, University of St Andrews


Apr 2017 - "Techniques for the analysis of wildlife populations" - led by Prof David Borchers, St Andrews

Mar 2017 - "The long-term influence of early-life environment" - led by Dr Mandy Drake,  Edinburgh

Feb 2017 - "Why do we love music?" - led by Dr Ines Jentzsch, University of St Andrews


Dec 2016 - “Bose-Einstein condensates" - led by Dr Donatella Cassettari,  University of St Andrews

Nov 2016 - “How quantum mechanics feeds Buridan's ass”, led by Dr Chris Hooley, St Andrews

Oct 2016 - “Human visual perception and 3-d vision.”, led by Prof Julie Harris, University of St Andrews

Apr 2016 - “Thyroid function in preterm babies", led by Dr Fiona Williams, University of Dundee

Mar 2016 - "Ethnic segregation and inequalities", led by Dr Nissa Finney, University of St Andrews

Feb 2016 - "Imaging the early stages of life", led by Dr Mike MacDonald, University of Dundee

Jan 2016 - "Origin of gender differences", led by Dr Gillian Brown, University of St Andrews


Dec 2015 - "Tails of regeneration", led by Dr Ildiko Somorjai, University of St Andrews

Nov 2015 - "Geophysical insight into the past", led by Dr Richard Bates, University of St Andrews

Oct 2015 - "Spooky action at a distance", led by Dr Chris Hooley, SUPA, University of St Andrews

Sep 2015 - "Step your way smarter.", led by  Dr Josephine Booth, University of Edinburgh.

May 2015 - "Does maths count?", led by  Dr Fordyce Davidson, University of Dundee.

Apr 2015 - "What we can learn from GPS tracking",  led by Dr. Jed Long, University of St Andrews.

Mar 2015 - "High pressure chemical engineering",  led by Prof. C Schaschke, Abertay University.

Feb 2015 - "Why do smokers find It so difficult to quit?", led by Prof D. Balfour, Univ. of Dundee.


Dec 2014 - "Stem cell research and Parkinson's disease", led by Dr Tilo Kunath, Edinburgh University

Nov 2014 - "Sudden death", led by Dr Anna Maria Choy, Dundee University

Oct 2014 - "Quantum physics", led by Dr Chris Hooley, St Andrews University.

Sep 2014 - "The earth beneath our feet", led by Prof Wilfred Otten, Abertay University.

May 2014 -  "Economics: how it shapes the world." led by Dr Philip Roscoe, St Andrews University.

Apr 2014 - "Monitoring the Montserrat volcano"  led by Dr Dav Macfarlane - University of St Andrews.

Mar 2014 - "Glaciers in the Cairngorms"  led by Dr Martin Kirkbride -  Dundee University.

Feb 2014 - "The psychology of morality." led by Dr Sana Sheikh  - University of St Andrews

Jan 2014 - "Colon cancer from a biologist’s perspective" led by Prof Inke Näthke– Dundee University


Nov 2013 - "The merits of bi-lingualism." led by Prof Antonella Sorace, University of Edinburgh.

Oct 2013 - "Reliable renewable energy" led by Dr Mark Symes, Glasgow University.

Sep 2013 - "Watching grass grow" led by Dr Robert Clement, Edinburgh University.

Jun 2013 - "The Sun: friend or foe?" led by Dr Lyndsay Fletcher, Glasgow University.

Apr 2013 - "Cancer - what's poverty got to do with it?" led by Prof. Nora Kearney, Dundee University.

Feb 2013 - "The war on viruses" led by John Short, University of St Andrews.