Science Cafe Giant tortoises, pirates, fossil pollen and conservation

The Swansea Science Cafe offers opportunities to find out more about new, exciting and topical areas of science in an informal and entertaining way.

Galápagos IslandsTitle: Long-term ecology of the Galápagos Islands: Giant tortoises, pirates, fossil pollen and conservation

Speaker: Dr Cindy Froyd, Swansea University

Date: Wednesday 30th November

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Admission: Free, all welcome

In this talk Dr Froyd will discuss the Galápagos Islands, which are renowned both for their ecological value and as a world symbol of scientific discovery. She will explore how this unique habitat is a global conservation priority, providing one of the last remaining options for the conservation of a relatively intact archipelago biota.

She will explain how the design of effective conservation and ecological restoration programmes requires an understanding of the processes underlying the development of present-day ecosystems and biodiversity.

Dr Froyd will show how she used palaeoecological research techniques to examine long-term plant community dynamics, human impact and environmental change over the last 4000 years in the Galápagos Islands and how this information could be used to help guide conservation.

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About Science Cafe Wales

Each month, a leading expert in their field will give a brief introductory talk followed by a friendly informal chat. You can sit back, relax with a drink and listen or get involved in the discussion and debate. The Science Café organisers are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable.

Science Café Wales are held in casual settings in Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor. They are informal and accessible and entrance is entirely free. They usually start with a short talk from the speaker, usually a scientist or writer, followed by a quick break and then an hour or so of discussion afterwards.

Previous topics have included dark matter, the common cold, Dr Who, the Big Bang and alternative therapies.

The first Cafes Scientifiques in the UK were held in Leeds in 1998. From there cafés gradually spread across the country.

Currently, some 40 or so cafés meet regularly to hear scientists or writers on science talk about their work and discuss it with diverse audiences.