Discover more about Paralympic controversy at BU Café Scientifique

Posted on Friday, November 2 2012

Bryce Dyer

People can find out more about lower limb prostheses and the Paralympics controversy at the next Bournemouth University Café Scientifique event, on Tuesday.

The informal lecture series takes place in Café Boscanova, in Christchurch Road, on the first Tuesday of every month and aims to make academic research more accessible.

Senior Product Design Lecturer at BU Bryce Dyer will explore the controversy surrounding the use of prosthetic limbs in elite sport, and whether they give athletes an unfair advantage or level out the playing field.

There will then be time for discussion, and Bryce – who worked with Irish Paralympic cyclist Colin Lynch on a new prosthetic leg – will answer questions from the audience.

Bryce said: “My talk covers the background and controversy of the use of lower-limb prosthetic limbs at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and I’ll attempt to explain how much more there is to it than just what we saw in the news.

“A Café Scientifique isn’t a lecture in the traditional sense and I look at it as the academic equivalent of stand-up entertainment.”

The Café Scientifique event is free and starts at 7pm, but people are invited to get there earlier to settle down with a drink before the talk starts.

Dr Rebecca Edwards, Research Development Officer in Public Engagement at BU, said the first Café Scientifique event last month was a great success, and is just one of the ways the university is working to engage with people.

She added: “Café Scientifique brings some of our most fascinating research to the local community, in a relaxed and informal setting, all for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

“We are really excited that Bryce will be speaking on his fascinating research and are looking forward to a great evening.”

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