The science of crowds: wise crowds or mindless mobs?

When:
8 July, 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where:
Halo Cafe, Bar & Restaurant, 141 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8BA
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nikolai bodeOur speaker: Dr Nikolai Bode, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Dept. of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol.

Large crowds of pedestrians moving through built environments are an everyday occurrence. Examples include passengers moving through transport hubs and people leaving a building during a fire drill. We will explore the science behind crowd movement: do crowds flow like water? How do pedestrians interact? Do these interactions result in a clever, emergent organisation of pedestrian traffic? And what does maths have to do with this?

You will also have the opportunity (not obligatory!) to take part in an experiment in which we explore why some crowds move faster than others.

Nikolai’s university website.
Nikolai’s crowd research website.

From lodestone to hard-drives: insights into magnetism

When:
27 July, 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where:
Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3, UK

chris_bell_portraitOur speaker: Dr Chris Bell, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Physics, Bristol University.

Magnetism crops up all over the place – in physics, chemistry and biology. But what is it? What makes something magnetic? In what ways can we use this strange property?

Dr Bell will review the history of our understanding and use of magnetism and give some insights into what it is. Space permitting, we may have a demonstration or two!

Chris Bell’s University webpage.

Erasing unwanted memories

When:
13 May, 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where:
Halo Cafe, Bar & Restaurant, 141 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8BA
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chris_baileySpeaker: Dr Chris Bailey, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Bath.

It’s a disturbing prospect invoked by scenes from films like ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, where people pay to have heart-breaking memories erased from their minds. In reality, our understanding of memory formation and storage suggests that erasing ‘unwanted’ memories can really help to treat disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction.

Chris has recently been looking into the role of learning and memory in addiction. His talk will cover the latest research on how memories are formed.

Chris Bailey’s  university webpage.