Science Cafés are live—and lively

Science Cafés are events that take place in casual settings such as pubs and coffeehouses, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic.

Science Cafés represent a grassroots movement. They exist all over the world and can vary from place to place. Venues range from a local library or coffee house to a neighborhood bar. Even the names of Science Cafés vary, including Science on Tap, Science Pub, Ask a Scientist, and Café Sci.

Recent Stories

University libraries host a webinar on using Science Cafes

On July 28, 2015, the American Library Association hosted a webinar with two university libraries have used Science Cafes - to engage their communities in important STEM discussions.  Engaging library patrons on science topics can be challenging.   Learn how the Oklahoma State University Library (OSU) and ...

Science Cafe Makes Its Debut in Pakistan

by Imran Parvez Khan & Scott Asakawa

On September 29, 2012, members of the COMSATS Science Society of Pakistan officially made their mark on the development of the public perception and understanding of science by pioneering a Science Café in Islamabad, one of the first to ...

Experimenting With Space and Time at a Science Cafe

by Linda Bowden (ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT)

Our Café Scientifque programs were designed to engage adults in casual conversation about critical issues in science. To that end, we have experimented with ways to engage adults in conversations and ...

Science in (and around) Seattle

by Stephanie Fitzwater (Pacific Science Center) and Tom Steele (KCTS 9)

In the Puget Sound region, Pacific Science Center and KCTS 9 Public Television partner to present a collection of three monthly Science Cafés. Just like most Cafés, ours bring local scientists face-to-face with the general ...

Why Science Cafés?

Science Cafés welcome people who may or may not typically get involved with scientific discussions. They are not exclusive club meetings for scientists and science majors, nor do they take place exclusively in lecture halls or science museums. Rather, Science Cafés can (and do) happen in informal community gathering spaces all over the world.

The successful café fosters an informal atmosphere where all participants feel encouraged to participate. These are not long lectures with a passive audience listening to an expert. Rather, they are dynamic, two-way interactions between a scientist and the public. In this way, the public feels empowered to learn, and the scientist speaker gains valuable perspective on his or her own work.

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