General Cafe Sci news. See individual cafe pages for more details of their activities.

Cafe Scientifique 20th Anniversary

Autumn 2018 marks the twentieth anniversary of Cafe Scientifique in the UK (it coincidentally started at around the same time in France).


Please raise a glass, or a cup, in one of your autumn meetings to mark this occasion and remember the founder of cafe scientifique, Duncan Dallas.

Leeds cafe Science-Comedy Slam

The Leeds (Chapel Allerton) cafe recently held its fourth -- and most ambitious yet -- annual science slam. This evening of science-themed comedy attracted eight presenters, a mix of previous speakers and audience regulars. The organiser of the cafe, Dominic Rayner, says that a slam is a much bigger commitment than organising an ordinary meeting, and the science-comedy slam doubly so, it was certainly worthwhile. Despite being totally unrehearsed it went really well and generated great feedback.


If any other cafe organiser is interested in holding a similar evening, Dominic has offered to share his experience. Contact details on the Leeds cafe page.


First cafe in Cambodia

The Cafe Scientifique family welcomes the first cafe in Cambodia, held in Phnom Penh recently. 

Alongside the cafe held recently in Laos, it is a real pleasure to see cafe sci extending into a new region.

Research paper on Dutch science cafes

New research paper analysing Dutch science cafes


As some of you know, science cafes have become increasingly interesting to the academic world. This recently-published paper (open access) is an analysis of Dutch science cafes, including the perspectives of participants, organisers and hosts.

Henley Cafe - special 50th event

Henley on Thames Cafe Scientifique is celebrating its 50th cafe with a special guest speaker - Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science.