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Tonight we delve into the innovative technology that is helping to explain and save our planet. Join us and take the chance of winning amazing Pint of Science goodies! The event will be held upstairs (unfortunately no wheelchair access).
Digitising life – now what?
New technologies and new methods for analysing big data are making it possible to image biodiversity with incredibly high resolution. But what do we do once we have all of this information? I will talk about the opportunities and challenges of using 3-D data to study the evolution of diversity and demonstrate how we are using these tools to unravel why organisms look the way they do and why some forms that we can imagine have never evolved.
Rainforest hunter-gatherers and smartphones: innovative ways to protect Africa’s wildlife
Indigenous hunter-gatherers have lived in the Central African rainforest for over 50,000 years with vast knowledge of where animals are and how to sustain them, yet are excluded from conservation work. Attempting to revolutionise conservation, a group of anthropologists, geographers, and computer scientists are giving the power back to forest communities through village-designed smartphones apps.