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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.

Reserve your free seat by emailing: cafe_scientifique@sfu.ca
**Note that there is no accent above the "e" in this address.

 

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Format

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.  

"Climate Change Facts for Skeptics" - January 22, 2016

The January 22nd Cafe Scientifique is now sold out!

Dr. John Clague will present scientific evidence that points to climate change as a serious threat to our planet. So why is the public reticent to take this problem seriously? Clague will discuss some of the social and economic barriers worldwide that have delayed serious action to deal with the problem.

John Clague is one of Canada’s leading authorities in Quaternary and environmental earth sciences; he is a Professor and Shrum Chair in Science at Simon Fraser University and has published over 200 papers, reports, and monographs on a wide range of earth science topics of regional and national importance. 

"The universe is not just expanding -- it is expanding faster every day" - February 26, 2016

The reason for the acceleration is currently unknown, but astronomical data from future surveys such as Euclid and LSST will dramatically improve our ability to narrow the pool of possibilities. Dr. Levon Pogosian will review the history leading to the astounding discovery of cosmic acceleration in 1998 and the challenges that cosmologists are addressing today.

Levon Pogosian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at SFU. He uses cosmology as a laboratory for testing laws of Nature. His research interests include cosmic microwave background, dark energy, modified gravity, cosmic strings and cosmological magnetic fields.


"The International Race for a Quantum Computer" - April 8, 2016

Silicon transistors, the essential building block of most modern electronic devices, cannot shrink much further without being rendered inoperable by quantum mechanics. This classical-quantum threshold in fact presents a tremendous opportunity: if we harness quantum mechanics, rather than attempt to avoid it, we could build a quantum computer. Quantum computers will open up a world of opportunities —  they could accomplish certain computational tasks exponentially faster which would otherwise be forever impractical. At this Cafe, I will discuss various quantum computing approaches, how quantum technologies will change our lives in a very fundamental way, and provide a snapshot of the accelerating worldwide race to build a prototype.

Dr. Stephanie Simmons is a new Assistant Professor in the Physics Department of Simon Fraser University, having recently worked at Oxford University, UK and the University of New South Wales, Australia.