Science Cafe

The first on-line only Science Café from Otley Courthouse will take place on Thursday 17th September.

In traditional Science Café fashion there will be a 15 minute presentation followed by the opportunity for the audience members to ask questions, with a short break between the speakers.

The event will take place on zoom. Please book a free ticket here to be sent the login details.

Our first online Science Café will have two presentations:

Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution (e4i4), presented by Professor John Baruch, Visiting Professor Leeds Beckett University, Tsinghua University

The 4th Industrial Revolution will replace about 50% of UK jobs with robots using AI control systems either for talking to people and answering questions or for driving vehicles and everything in between. Close human support tasks are impossible to robotise such as nursing or teaching but many others will go. Most importantly self-driving vehicles will completely change our cities and public transport. The cost of goods will continue to fall but the key challenge is developing the new economy with its new jobs and new types of work based on technological innovation and creativity.

The talk will focus on how the under 28 year olds can rebuild their lives, and opportunities exploiting the unique situation they now find themselves in with the Tsunami of Covid 19.

Professor Baruch ran the first e4i4 workshop in Beijing with Tsinghua University (the Cambridge of China) and was developing a follow up with the Royal Society and the Parliamentary Education Committee but all that has stopped with the Covid 19 crisis. He works with University Centres in the UK, China and Africa to develop e4i4 in the different environments.


Baby Talk – How connection in infancy supports connection throughout life – presented by Dr Vivien Sabel, Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University

Psychotherapist, Author, Lecturer, Filmmaker and Artist, Dr Sabel is attending the Science Café to share her learning regarding how understanding the language of infants has supported the development of a non-verbal communication model for use in clinical and everyday settings. Her ‘back story’ and educational journey are key to understanding the development of the model and have proved fascinating to audiences in both nationally and internationally.


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