Current The Cut Science Café

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7pm–9pm, £4. The Cut Science Café provides an informal, friendly environment in which to discuss the latest ideas in science and technology, whilst enjoying a drink and delicious food from our licensed café, which will be open from 6.30pm.

Talks start at 7pm, the evening ends at 9pm. The sessions comprise an informal introduction; the talks and then a refreshment break, followed by the Q&A section. The dates for September, October and November 2018 are as noted below, together with a brief description of the topics. For more details check or email us at

You, The Scientist and the Farmer Thursday 27 September

The Cut Science Cafe programme for Autumn 2018 had a stimulating start on 27 September!
We met Dr Rachel Wells of the John Innes Centre [JIC] and her fantastic team, Jessica, Lucy and Mikhaela and learnt a great deal about the Brassica world. Dr Laura Dixon was our super chairperson for the evening, coordinating the questions to all members of the team. Lucy specialised in Bee interactions, Jessica on insect pests and Mikhaela on the cancer fighting properties of broccoli.  
Dr Rachel Wells provided a wide reaching and fascinating overview of the incredible breadth of research taking place within the Brassica family as well as giving us a detailed view of just how long it takes to get research out of the lab and onto our plates in this case. There was active audience participation with many searching questions and knowledgeable debate particularly on environmental issues such as agrochemical use of Neonicotinoids.

Science in Art Tuesday 30 October
Dr Jan Athis our chairperson welcomed everyone, especially our speaker Mr Paul Osborne.  We enjoyed an exciting ‘mercurial’ journey from the start of photography to the present day, courtesy of a broken thermometer in the bottom of a cupboard. We learnt that after all, the old methods are still the best, not golden oldies though, its Silver that wins the day! Staying with the photographic theme we saw fascinating depictions of big data creating ‘maps’ of wind and flight paths.
We left the two dimensional behind, and ‘climbed’ into the world of augmented reality; unlike virtual reality it does not ‘create’ a virtual world, but adds layers of digital information onto ‘real’ physical objects.   Before we got too spaced out Paul brought us back down to Earth. However he mixed with Fire and water, explaining the creation of Raku ware. Elemental my dear Watson, but this time it was Iron and Copper to the fore. We saw the beautiful coloured glazes resulting from physical and chemical processes. Paul also described the use of mathematical modelling to create Art. The whole talk was indeed a fascinating Interplay as Paul termed it, between Art and Science.

A Green Revolution THURSDAY 29 NOVEMBER                      

We look forward to welcoming you to our last Autumn 2018  session  of The Cut Science Cafe in Halesworth, on  Thursday 29 November at 6.30 pm. 
We are delighted that Dr Laura Dixon  and Dr Jemima Brinton  both at the John Innes Centre [JIC], will be our guest speakers for the evening.
Dr Dixon will discuss temperature sensitivity in wheat  and what  is being done to achieve improve regularity in yield, despite temperature fluctuation.
Dr  Brinton will talk to us about her work on grain size  to improve yields of bread wheat. We are very pleased that we have two speakers on wheat research as this topic was a special request by Cut Science cafe attendees.
We welcome back Mr Richard Symes as our chairperson for the evening. Richard is a local farmer with a great deal of knowledge and experience in arable farming.
We would welcome  the arable farming community, and anyone with an involvement/interest in the supply and consumption of wheat products, so please spread the word far and wide!
Drinks,delicious hot & cold food  will be available for sale  from 6.30 pm. However do not  worry if you cannot arrive then, as latecomers [ Main door arrival only, please], are welcome. The  talk will commence at around 7 pm with a refreshment  break approximately an hour later. During the break, questions can be written down and handed to the chairperson, if you would rather not ask them from the floor afterwards. The  Q & A session commences after the break and the evening closes at around 9 pm.