UK: Ipswich

Arlington's Brasserie
13 Museum Street
Last Tuesday of the month, starting at 7pm

Ipswich Cafe Scientifique has a natural home in the building which is now Arlington's Brasserie. It was originally Ipswich Museum, England's first purpose-built museum, created in 1847 to "educate the working classes in natural history". Professor John Stevens Henslow, who was Charles Darwin's tutor at Cambridge, gave public lectures at the museum for thirty years.

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 Tuesday 21st Novermber (not the last Tuesday this time) with Future Debates from The British Science Association, an esteemed panel will debate 'Does it matter who funds Science'  The event will be recorded.


Recent speakers   

Monday 23rd February 2015

Alfred Russel* Wallace (1824-1913): explorer, evolutionist and political activist

Ted Benton


The centenary of Wallace's death, in 2013, saw his place as co-founder of the the theory of evolution by natural selection, alongside Darwin, fully confirmed. His evolutionary insights were gained during 12 years of death-defying expeditions in Amazonian forests and south-east Asia. After his return to Britain, he spent the remaining half-century making important contributions to science, including the foundations of a new scienc eof the geography of life. And as if this were not enough, he also campaigned for public causes including nationalisation of land, women's rights and Socialism.


Ted Benton is Professor Emeritus in the Sociology department of the University of Essex, with a special interest in environmental issues. He is an enthusiastic field naturalist, with numerous books and articles on butterflies, bumblebees and other insects to his credit. His most recent book is an account of the life and thought of Alfred Russel Wallace.


*Yes, that was how he spelt Russel!


Monday 30th June



Botanist Martin Sandford will talk about Sex and Orchids as part of his collaboration with artist Sarah Bale.



Monday 28th April

So what is big data?

Hugh Whittle


Hugh Whittle, Director of the Nuffield Council of Bioethics, London talks about developments that facilitate the large-scale collection, linking and use of data relating to individual people. They have become increasingly important to biomedical research, healthcare and other aspects of contemporary life, but is the care data proposal all about the public good? Who should get our personal data and why? What really are the benefits and is our privacy at risk?




Monday 27th January 2014

Does population matter?

John Collier 


The world’s population went through the seven billion mark in October 2012 and only a very few seemed to take serious notice. Two hundred years ago the world’s population had only just passed one billion. This seven-fold increase is arguably the most dramatic thing to have happened to our planet in human history but talking about it is almost taboo. Why?



Monday 25th November 2013

Fusion: energy revolution or pipe dream?

Daniel Clery


It could solve all our energy problems – its fuel is virtually limitless and it produces no pollution, greenhouses gases or long-lived nuclear waste. But can we get fusion to work?



Monday 25th June 2012

Galaxy formation: painting by numbers

Lisa Jardine-Wright


Monday 28th May 2012

Gut microbiota: the forgotten organ in our body

Fandi Ibrahim


Monday 30th April 2012

Novel neurotechnologies: intervening in the brain

Hugh Whittall

Monday 27th March 2012

Novel exercise techniques to reduce hypertension and cardiology

Gavin Devereaux, sports science expert and lecturer at University Campus Suffolk

Monday 27th February

Life and death in the cell

Brendon Noble, Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Head of the School of Science, Technology and Health at University Campus Suffolk