SFU Café Scientifique

Join us for an informal evening of "Talks with Docs!"

Café Scientifique is a series of informal discussions connecting research to important issues of interest to the community.  Enjoy light snacks and refreshments while engaging with cutting-edge, award-winning researchers from Simon Fraser University's (SFU) Faculty of Science.

All events are held at Boston Pizza (private room) 1045 Columbia St., New Westminster
(2 blks from the New West Skytrain station)

Doors open at 6:30pm, discussion and talk will run from 7:00-8:30pm.

Refreshments are available for purchase. Everyone is welcome to attend.


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In our series, speakers will discuss their health or popular-science related topic, without the use of audio visual materials or handouts, for approximately 30 minutes.  A discussion with the audience will ensue for about 45 minutes while participants enjoy appetizers and beverages.  

January 26, 2018

Our immune system: What it does and how it works.

Our immune system is a collection of cells and molecules that patrols the body. It protects against infectious diseases and damaging agents that are present in our environments.

Jonathan Choy will discuss the role of the immune system in protecting our health and how it works to do this.

 Jonathan Choy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at SFU. His laboratory studies how the immune system is controlled, mostly in the settings of organ transplant rejection and autoimmune diseases.

February 23, 2018

What if our world was upside down? How the brain adapts movement to challenging environments.

If you’ve ever gone hiking in the mountains, walked across a sidewalk in need of repairs, or even used an interactive device such as a tablet, your brain has helped you adapt to these challenges.

Dan Marigold will discuss how the brain makes these tasks possible, what goes wrong with disease, and ways that we can enhance the brain’s ability.

Dan Marigold is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at SFU. He runs the Sensorimotor Neuroscience Lab and is co-chair of the Behavioural Neuroscience Undergraduate Program. His research focuses on how sensory information is used to control movement in health and disease.

April 6, 2018

Sniffing out Active Volcanoes - at Home and Abroad

Volcanoes have played and continue to play a pivotal role in shaping human societies, both modern and ancient. From the eruption of Vesuvius to that of Eyjafjallajökull, volcanoes have killed hundreds of thousands of people and led to billions of dollars in economic losses. In this Café Scientifique, we will look at some of the advances we are making in forecasting and mitigating the impact of these eruptions globally and here 
in Canada.

Glyn Williams-Jones, Professor, in the department of Earth Sciences at SFU is a physical volcanologist. His multidisciplinary research involves geochemical and geophysical modeling used in conjunction with remote sensing to investigate the processes responsible for triggering volcanic eruptions and those controlling persistently active volcanism.