Other Colchester events

What Makes You, You?

This venue is fully accessible with step free access. There is an accessible toilet available. It is an over 18s only venue.
Past event - 2022
11 May Doors open 6:30pm
Talks starting from 7:30pm
To be finished by 9:30pm
Other Monkey Brewing, 5-6 St Nicholas St,
Colchester CO1 1DN
Sold Out!
Do your genes define who you are? If so, then how are there identical twins who are far from being identical? Do variations in the genetic code account for all the diversity we see around us? Could it be that we’ve biologically inherited more than just DNA from our parents? We will be discussing how the different physical, psychological and behavioural features we see around us are a result of different factors which control the way our genes work. Join us for a night exploring the eminent debate of nature vs nurture with these brilliant scientists.

Masculinity-femininity and sexual arousal: windows to the nature of sexual orientation

Dr Gerulf Rieger (Reader, Department of Psychology, University of Essex)
I will present two traits that help us understand the origins and expression of sexual orientation: These traits are masculinity-femininity and physiological sexual arousal. I will focus on specific groups whose behaviours remain poorly understood, including bisexual men and women, genetically identical twins with different sexual orientations, and transgender men and women.

Every sperm is sacred - especially the weird-looking ones

Dr Ben Skinner (Lecturer, Life Sciences, University of Essex)
About 1 in 7 couples have difficulty conceiving, and half of that is due to problems with male fertility. If you have ever seen a picture of a sperm, it probably looked like a little tadpole. That's mostly true - in humans. However there are a wide range of weird and wonderful sperm shapes across the animal kingdom, and in my lab we are discovering the ways sperm shape can affect male fertility. In this talk we will look at some of the variety of sperm shapes in animals, how we can precisely measure and quantify shape, and the impact of shape on sperm function.

Getting to fifth base

Olivia Grant (PhD Student, Life Sciences and ISER, University of Essex)
We’re used to saying ‘it’s genetics’ and believing that we are who we are because of the genes we inherited from our parents. But what if our life experiences and environment also shape our genetics? Every cell of an organism contains its complete set of instructions to build that organism—its DNA. DNA is made up of the four bases, A,T,C and G, 3 billion of them. But how can identical twins that share the same DNA exhibit such dramatic differences in the way that they live and age? Tonight, I want us to get to fifth base and of course, I am talking about epigenetics.

Other Other Monkey Brewing events

2022-05-10 The Good, the Bad, and the Hungry Other Monkey Brewing 5-6 St Nicholas St, Colchester, CO1 1DN, United Kingdom
10 May
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The Good, the Bad, and the Hungry

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2022-05-09 Made to Order Science Other Monkey Brewing 5-6 St Nicholas St, Colchester, CO1 1DN, United Kingdom
09 May

Made to Order Science

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