Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Science Café?
Science Cafés are live—and lively—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.
For more information about Science Cafés, click here.
Where can I find a Science Café?
There are Science Cafés throughout the United States. To find one near you, click here.
Do I have to know a lot about science to enjoy a Science Café?
No! In fact, Science Cafés are specifically designed for people with little or no science background. The topics are timely, interesting, and often controversial. There’s no technical talk, dull slideshows, or long lectures—just a fascinating scientist and lively conversation.
How much does it cost to attend a café?
Science Cafés are usually free, although you may be asked to make a small donation for expenses or to pay for your own food or drinks.
How can I start a Science Café?
Anyone can start a Science Café! You don’t have to be an expert. You can start one just because you like science, enjoy invigorating conversation, and appreciate the opportunity to socialize in a new and fun way. To learn more about starting a Science Café, click here.
Where can I find a scientist to present at my café?
Scientists love to talk about science! You can find them at local schools and universities, government research centers, professional associations, museums, hospitals, and local businesses. For more on how to find a presenter, click here and see step six.
How can I become a Science Café presenter?
Find a café near you and get in touch with the organizer. You might want to attend a café beforehand to see what it’s like. Be prepared for an energetic discussion of ideas, thoughts, and opinions!
How did Science Cafés get started?
Many Science Cafés are based on Café Scientifique, an organization in the United Kingdom that was founded in 1998 to bring the public together around current science topics. The Science Café movement is grassroots and international—from Turkey to Uganda to Sweden. Since no central organization controls all Science Cafés, each one reflects its own culture and concerns.