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

Speakezee is a new platform for finding academic speakers. It's currently in its first phase but already allows you to filter speakers by subject and location, so could be a useful tool for organisers looking for new speakers for their cafes.

Grab a coffee, talk about astrophysics

Science cafes: grab a coffee, talk about astrophysics

Short article about science cafes on the Share America website. 

Cafe Sci East Africa

Cafe Sci East Africa

I'm really pleased to announce that I have been awarded a Wellcome Trust International Engagement Grant for Cafe Scientifique. This grant will support the current Uganda Cafe Sci organiser, Betty Kituyi, to develop new cafes in northern Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. 

I'm sure all cafe organisers will want to wish Betty every success as she expands the network into new areas and new countries. I will post news of how the project develops on the Uganda page of this site.

Ann G.

Great British Bioscience Festival

The Great British Bioscience Festival (14 - 16 November 2014) is the culmination of a yearlong programme of activities marking BBSRC's 20th anniversary – bringing together exciting exhibits from world-leading bioscience research groups.

As part of the Festival, the BBSRC will hold a Science Cafe, hosted by the UK's Global Food Security Champion, Tim Benton.


Cafe Scientifique at TEDx UoN

Ann Grand, cafe sci webmistress ...

In the spring, many organisers were kind enough to send me photographs of their cafes in action for me to use in a talk I gave at TEDx UoN. 


There are some quite strict rules to TEDx events; it felt distinctly odd to be using a very formal, top-down, speaker-led, absolutely-no-audience-questions, talking-to-not-with, miked-up and videoed model to tell people about cafe scientifique which, as we know, is the antithesis of all that. Cafes are audience-led, intimate, informal, casual; they’re held in pubs, cafes, bars; they’re conversations, not lectures; and they eschew presentation software and microphones. Ah, the irony!


The recording of the talk is now available on YouTube.