Science Fika

What are the ultimate elements that constitute the matter in our universe? What gives origin to shining stars and black holes? How many worlds are there? What are the mechanisms that can deteriorate our health and eventually lead to disease? What are the secret forces that drove simple chemical compounds to form more complex molecules that ultimately created life on Earth? The universe uses humanity to answer these questions. Science is one of the ways the universe uses to interrogate itself. And to pose the final question: why there is something rather than nothing?

A different kind of fika

Come and enjoy some coffee and science!
The Science Fika is a recurring event where we share our passion for science and talk about different topics in easy-to-understand language. At each event a speaker will have a 20 minutes presentation about a scientific concept, to stimulate your curiosity and to show you the beauty of science. We will provide free fika after the presentation, giving you the opportunity to mingle and discuss in a more informal way. So welcome, sit back and enjoy some exciting science!

Upcoming Fikas

Feb 25
Time: 14:00
Location: Stadsbiblioteket – Mallas sal
Speaker: Mikael Höök
Language: Swedish
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Threats of war, scarcity of resources, and climate crisis: perspectives on existential risks for society

Global disaster risks are events that can seriously harm human well-being worldwide. These include threats such as pandemics, super volcanoes, asteroid impacts, climate change, dwindling resources, and technological risks such as AI or nuclear weapons. This presentation aims to increase awareness and understanding of global disaster risks, their scientific basis, and how we can relate to them.
Mar 10
Time: 14:00
Location: Stadsbiblioteket - Mallas sal
Speaker: Lisa Lindgren
Language: English
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Lets talk about sexual health baby

Sexual health is a key aspect of our general well-being, offering joy but sometimes presenting difficulties. Sex can evoke many thoughts and emotions. Join us to gain insights into the human body, understand desire, and explore practical aspects… All grounded in scientific research on the topic of course.

Mar 24
Time: 14:00
Location: Stadsbiblioteket - Mallas sal
Speaker: Maria Tenje
Language: Swedish
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Can microtechnology replace animal testing?

Microtechnology has rapidly evolved from large-room computers, to today’s compact and omnipresent smart devices. This same technology is now revolutionizing drug development, offering potential alternatives to animal testing by evaluating the effects and side effects of new medications. Join me as I explain how we use this technology to shape the future of medical and pharmaceutical research.

Apr 7
Time: 14:00
Location: Stadsbiblioteket - Mallas sal
Speaker: Torbjörn Westerlund
Language: Swedish
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Kinship and Marriage Rules – how to avoid inbreeding in Aboriginal Australia

Geneticists have for a number of years claimed that there has only been one wave of immigration to Australia (prior to the British), 50-60,000 years ago. But if that is the case, how have the Aborigines been able to avoid dangerous inbreeding for all that time? The answer lies in their kinship systems, and the marriage rules that are connected to those. But by the way, have they really been able to avoid dangerous inbreeding? What do the latest genetic findings tell us? Those are the questions we will explore in this talk.

Apr 21
Time: 14:00
Location: Stadsbiblioteket - Mallas sal
Speaker: Oreste Affatato
Language: English
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The Enigma of Time

What is time? So close to us and yet so distant, so intimate and yet so universal. Humanity has interrogated itself for millennia over the nature of time. After all of this, what have we learned?



Past Fikas

Nov 26, 2023
Time: 14:00
Location: Uppsala Stadsbiblioteket – Mallas salen
Speaker: Gabriele Messori
Language: Swedish
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Extreme weather: is it linked to climate change?

The past year has seen several record-breaking extreme weather events. Is this due to climate change? I will provide an overview of how climate scientists are working to link individual extreme weather events to climate change, and discuss how unusual the weather and climate of the past year has actually been.

Nov 12, 2023
Time: 14:00
Location: Uppsala Stadsbiblioteket – Mallas salen
Speaker: Carlos Perez de los Heros
Language: English
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Dark matter: a window to the dark universe

About 25% of the content of the universe consists of an unknown type of substance we call dark matter. This is known since the 1930’s, but astrophysicists have been unable to discover it so far. What is the evidence for dark matter? How do physicists search for the unknown? The lecture will guide you through one of the most mysterious and exciting fields of research in physics and astrophysics today.

Oct 29, 2023
Time: 14:00
Location: Uppsala Stadsbiblioteket – Mallas salen
Speaker: Linn Boldt-Christmas
Language: English
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Exoplanet atmospheres: weather reports from alien worlds

Today, astronomers have confirmed the existence of over 5,000 planets in faraway solar systems. These are called exoplanets, for extra-solar planets, meaning distant planets in orbit around stars other than our Sun. But what do we know about these alien worlds? What are their atmospheres like, and can we live there? Tune in for a weather report from your local exoplanet!

Oct 15, 2023
Time: 14:00
Location: Uppsala Stadsbiblioteket – Mallas salen
Speaker: Maria Ask
Language: Swedish
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Geoenergy, deep geothermal energy and energy storage – unexplored parts of Sweden’s renewable energy mix

This presentation is about an amazing natural resource – heat from the ground and water below our feet. Heat from the earth is divided into geothermal energy (sometimes called shallow geothermal energy, which is solar energy that is passively stored in the upper soil and rock layers and water bodies) and deep geothermal energy (trapped thermal energy from when Earth was formed and heat produced by radioactive decay in the bedrock). The bedrock can also be used for storing heat and cold. Sweden needs to develop these renewable energy resources and the storage capacities to cope with the green transition. I am looking forward to seeing you!

Oct 1, 2023
Time: 14:00
Location: Uppsala Stadsbiblioteket – Mallas salen
Speaker: Markus de Ruijter
Language: English
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Beneath the surface: how personality traits shape our lives

The connection between the mind and body has been a subject of study since ancient Egypt. It has become increasingly evident that a healthy mind and a healthy body are closely intertwined. In this presentation, we will delve into the realm of personality within the mind and explore its relationship with our overall health. We will also provide a concise introduction to the concept of personality, its origins, and the methods used to assess personality traits.

Sep 17, 2023
Time: 14:00
Location: Uppsala Stadsbiblioteket – Mallas salen
Speaker: Sara Lopes van den Broek
Language: English
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Radioactivity in Action: A Guided Tour of Radiotracer Development

Join us for a crash course in radioactivity and its role in modern medical diagnostics. Ever wondered how radiation is produced and how employees handle high amounts of radioactivity? How is invisible radiation converted into visible images of the body? Learn about the development of “radiotracers” that are administered to patients to produce detailed internal images.

Jun 3, 2023
Time: 14:00
Location: Uppsala Stadsbiblioteket – Mallas salen
Speaker: Manon Dubol
Language: English
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Sex differences in the brain

Who hasn’t already wondered whether, or how much, our biological sex (i.e. our sex chromosomes, X and Y) can influence our brain ? While there are mostly similarities between the biology of males and females, sex can make a difference in terms of health risks, including mental disorders. How we can apply neuroimaging techniques to compare the brain of the different biological sexes and what we learned from brain imaging research on sex differences in the brain will be discussed during this Science Fika.

May 20, 2023
Time: 14:00
Location: Uppsala Stadsbiblioteket – Mallas salen
Speaker: Mohamad Ali
Language: English
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Cancer growth and metastasis

For many people, Cancer is the most dreadful nightmare of all time. However, unlike what you may think, Cancer represents the true meaning of life that can guide us to the most sacred secret of humanity. In my talk, I’ll explain how cancer is a universe in itself and how to make use of it for a better life.

May 6, 2023
Time: 14:00
Location: Uppsala Stadsbiblioteket – Mallas salen
Speaker: Peter Frykholm
Language: Swedish
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Paediatric anaesthesia: any consequences for the brain of a small child?

I would like to talk about what is known about cognitive and behavioural changes associated with anaesthesia of the developing brain, what pediatric anaesthetists do to minimise the risks and tell you something about ongoing research in Uppsala.

Apr 23, 2023
Time: 14:00
Location: Uppsala Stadsbiblioteket – Mallas salen
Speaker: Tobias Mothes
Language: Swedish
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What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and even after over 100 years of research, we still do not exactly know the cause or how it spreads through the brain. Why is it so difficult? Come and learn about how Alzheimer research has changed over the years in the pursuit of a cure.