25th March 2020 – Sian Williams: The age of antibiotic resistance

Cornerstones of modern medicine are at risk due to drug-resistant infections, with routine surgery, common illnesses and minor injuries becoming potentially life-threatening. People are already dying from drug-resistant infections, and as more drugs stop working, more lives will be put in danger. Everyone is at risk. Sian Williams will discuss the causes behind this major public health issue and how organizations such as the Wellcome Trust are helping to address the challenge. 

Sian will also explore why we’re not seeing new antibiotics entering the market, the ethical dilemmas involved in the decision to prescribe new drugs, and how we could help GPs stop over-prescription of antibiotics. 

DOORS: 19:00

START: 19:30

Admission is FREE but during the interval we asks for donations. This is to cover speaker expenses and marketing costs such as social media fees and flyers. If you cannot afford to make a donation please do not. If you can, £3-£5 would be greatly appreciated. 

Venue: Smoke and Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street

Two for one pizzas available from the bar! 10% off all drinks!

Sian Williams is a Policy Officer with the Wellcome Trust’s Drug-Resistant Infections priority programme, a team with a £175m commitment to address the challenge of antimicrobial resistance. The programme works with scientists and policy makers to advocate for and support evidence-based decision making globally.  She earned a 1st class honours degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London. 

26 February 2020 – Tom Hallam: Paper Bottles, Paper Batteries and Bags of the future

Tom Hallam will explore how new paper technologies can reduce the use of plastic and lower the carbon footprint of brand owners and retailers worldwide. 

The talk will also address broader environmental questions. If using paper boosts demand, doesn’t that mean paper companies will plant more trees, in which case it is actually beneficial to the environment to consume paper? Or do the paper companies just cut down virgin forests? Is reducing and recycling the answer? Tom will present several perspectives.

DOORS: 19:00

START: 19:30

Admission is FREE but during the interval we asks for donations. This is to cover speaker expenses and marketing costs such as social media fees and flyers. If you cannot afford to make a donation please do not. If you can, £3-£5 would be greatly appreciated. 

Venue: Smoke and Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street

Two for one pizzas available from the bar! 10% off all drinks!

Tom Hallam is a Business Development Director at BillerudKorsnas, a Swedish pulp and paper company. Tom’s work involves developing paper-based packaging technologies and solutions to replace conventional plastic ones. 

He is also a board member of the UK division of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC UK). This is a non-government organization which promotes sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification.

Tom was previously an independent environmental consultant for his company Brand Ethics Limited and has previous experience with Finnish Forest products company UPM-Kymmene and in consumer products for Reckitt Benckiser.

22 January 2020 – Julian Hughes: The dementia manifesto

Professor Julian Hughes will discuss the values embedded in our thinking about dementia from diagnosis to treatment to public policy.

DOORS: 19:00

START: 19:30

Admission is FREE but during the interval we asks for donations. This is to cover speaker expenses and marketing costs such as social media fees and flyers. If you cannot afford to make a donation please do not. If you can, £3-£5 would be greatly appreciated.

Venue: Smoke and Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, BS1 5DQ

Two for one pizzas available from the bar! 10% off all drinks!

Julian Hughes is known internationally for his contributions to the philosophy and practice of dementia care and living well in old age.

He was until recently RICE Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Bristol University, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and an NHS consultant for over 20 years in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Bath.

Having read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford prior to studying Medicine, Julian is a deep thinker on the many ethical dilemmas of dementia care and was Deputy Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

He is a co-author of The Dementia Manifesto, published in February 2019. It explores how a values-based, person-centred and rights-based approach can be applied to every aspect of the experience of dementia. His other books include How We Think About Dementia (2014), Thinking Through Dementia (2011), Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: The Facts (2011), Dementia: Mind, Meaning and the Person (2006) and Ethical Issues in Dementia Care (2006).