A Cafe Scientifique meeting in Reading, debating 'food out of season: good or evil?' Image credit: Karen Blakeman
Café Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafés, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.
Since 1998, caféés have covered almost every conceivable scientific topic: AIDS, the Big Bang, biodiversity, cancer, code-breaking, consciousness, Darwinism, ecology, evolution, extreme life, foetal experience, genetically modified organisms, global warming, infertility, nanotechnology, the Public Understanding of Science movement, sports science, superconductors and more.
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- Find your local Café Scientifique
- The Beverley Café meets on the last Wednesday every month. Its next meeting at 7.30pm on the 29 April will hear from David Sands on 'Entropy and the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: unravelling the mysery'
- The Durham Café meets at 3.45pm on Saturdays in termtime and outside of exam season! Their next meeting will be on 30 May, when James Currie will discuss interpretations of Quantum Mechanics.
- The Newcastle Café is part of a broader Café Culture programme. The next meeting of their Café Scientifique will be at 7pm on 20 April, when Carl Heneghan will discuss 'Dangerous Drugs and Deadly Devices.'
- The Stockton Café will hold its next meeting at 8pm on 21 April when Christine Watson will present on 'Crop Rotations: back to the future.'
- The Reading Café meets on selected Mondays. Keep an eye on their website for upcoming events.
Cafés Scientifique are also held in North America, South America, elsewhere in Europe, and Asia, Africa, and Australasia. From Bangkok, Thailand to Santa Fe, Argentina, you can find a forum to share your love of science and technology!