International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Cafe Chimique

Activity by Tim Reynolds   |   added on Jan 16, 2011   |   Belgium Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): RSC Belgium section

On the evening of Thursday January 27 RSC Belgium hosts a public debate on climate change in a café style setting in Brussels. Two expert speakers will set the scene and then the audience will be invited to participate to answer two questions: "Is Global warming really happening?" and "And is it due to human activities?".

On Thursday January 27th RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) Belgium section presents a public debate on climate change in a café style setting in the Espace53 pod overlooking the vintage cars of the Autoworld Museum at the Cinquantenaire in Brussels.     Our main debaters are Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Professor of Climatology and Environmental Sciences at the Université catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, and the still sceptical Professor Istvan Marco of the Chemistry Department of the same University.     Professor Van Ypersele is a particularly distinguished speaker in this field, being Vice Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and just back from attending the Cancun Conference. Professor Marko, on the other hand, is not likely to be shy about expressing and backing up his doubts, and a lively debate, with audience participation, is promised.     The title of the debate is:
“Climate Change – A Debate"
Is Global warming really happening?
And is it due to human activities?     Doors will open at about 19:30, to give the audience the chance to mix with a drink and canapés, before the debate starts at 20:00. The audience will be polled on the two questions before and after the debate, to see if their views have been changed by it. The entry fee of 5 euros will cover the cost of a first drink.
Pre-booking for this event is essential - by registering with and transferring the 5 euros per head to bank account 363-0814448-76 (IBAN BE91 3630 8144 4876, BIC BBRUBEBB), in the name of Royal Society of Chemistry Belgium Section, Wavre, to arrive in the account before January 21st. In the event that the debate is oversubscribed, places will be allocated on a "first come - first served" basis by date of arrival of the 5 euros in the bank account.
      For more information see the RSC Belgium newsblog at:
Topic: networking, chemistry education, sustainable and green chemistry Audience: students, professional chemists, professors, educators, general public, industrial chemists, universities, post graduate students, research scientists, teachers, women chemists, decision makers, school children
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