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

British Neuroscience Association

The British Neuroscience Association (BNA) is the largest UK organisation representing and promoting neuroscience and neuroscientists.

This year, we’re introducing a new membership category: associate member. We welcome all those who are genuinely interested in neuroscience, but who do not work in neuroscience professionally, to become part of the BNA. You might be a teacher, mechanic, nurse, or business leader; the brain is endlessly fascinating for everyone!

We’d like to improve our commitment to our new associate members, which is why it’s important to know what you want.

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175 minutes for chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the oldest chemical society in the world and in 2016 it is celebrating 175 years of progress and people in the chemical sciences.

To mark its 175th anniversary in 2016, the RSC is asking its members and supporters around the world to give 175 minutes of their time to chemistry.

From inspiring people through outreach, to serving on our committees, to exploring what membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry can do for them, there are many opportunities for members and supporters to get involved. Throughout the year, the RSC is sharing your stories and celebrating the contribution you make to the chemistry community.

Café Scientifique is a great way to join in with this so please share your stories of any meetings or events you’ve been to by tweeting using #Time4Chem or sending your story to the RSC website.

Science in Public conference

The 2015 Science in Public conference took place at the University of the West of England, Bristol on 9th & 10th July 2015. 

Science cafes featured in the list of presentations: Giovanna Pacinin, from the University of Florence, Italy, talked about RadioMoka, an experiment in taking the science cafe experience on to radio; and Colleen Elizabeth Kelly, from Penn State, discussed how science cafes can be spaces to  facilitate learning and empower the public and scientists to consider each others’ perspectives.

Follow the conference on #SiP2015

Science in Public 2016

Planning is well under way for the 2016 Science in Public conference ( which will take place on the University of Kent's Canterbury campus from 13 - 15 July. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners interested in the relationship between science and people.


Thsi year's theme is Science in Public: past, present and future. Plans include a panel, workshop and gig looking at comedy and science communication.

World Science Festival

The World Science Festival takes place annually in New York City; this year running from 27 - 31 May. This year's festival features more than fifty events, from mainstage programs and intimate salons where the world's top scientists discuss big ideas, a special series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity.


Each year, the World Science Festival streams a number of its programs to thousands of viewers around the world, engaging audiences in cutting-edge science and remarkable discoveries. WSF Live invites cafe organisers to host a free live screening of one of their events, supplementing your screening with local speakers.


Screening the WSF programme is completely free, and WSF will suport organisers.The only technical requirements are a computer, a screen, a projector, and speakers.


The full line-up of WSF Live programs will be announced at the end of April. If you’re interested in hosting a WSF Live event e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.