Basingstoke: What happens when we run out of oil ...

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

"Across the world, 30 billion barrels of crude-oil are produced each year, not only for fuel but to make practically all products ranging from plastics to pharmaceuticals. Nearly all of our food also depends entirely on oil. However, world oil production is set to decline within 5 years. If we continue as we are, Western-civilization will collapse, and our salvation requires a re-adaptation of how we live, from the global to the local; to a world of small communities far less dependent on transportation. Technology will not save us, unless we cut our energy use and particularly our demand for oil."

The discussion will be lead by Professor Chris Rhodes who is Director of Fresh-lands Environmental Actions and is based in Reading. He has written numerous scientific articles and recently published his first novel (, a black comedy on the disintegration of the British university system."

The Tea Bar will be open for at least half an hour before the talk which starts at 7.30pm, so you can get yourself a drink and have a chat with other participants. The discussions will aim to finish around 9.00pm, though everyone will be welcome to stay around and have a chat with the speaker afterwards ... and indulge in more of the Tea Bar's delicious cakes.

The format of the evening is usually a talk of 30 to 40 minutes, followed by a short break so the audience can refill their glasses, before questions and discussions about the talk. Entry is free and open to everyone, but we do encourage you to buy a tea, coffee or drink (and cakes) at the bar to show your support for The Tea Bar who sponsor the meeting by providing the venue.



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  • Steven P.

    Excellent pitch and evening in general. Not sure if glass is half-empty or -full, but at least we have a glass. Lots to tbink about butwe don't have time to think it seens!

    March 25, 2013

    • Steven P.

      Basically it all depends on whether you have faith in the human race being able to pull together to overcome our difficulties. I think we're doomed.

      March 26, 2013

    • Tara B.

      I agree - I think we're doomed too. It seems there are lots of answers but just not enough time. In the meantime, shouldn't we at least try - don't we owe it to future generations??

      1 · March 26, 2013

  • Tara B.

    Really enjoyed Chris's presentation. Some really useful stats. It's a shame there weren't any local Govt representatives present. I'll be writing to BDBC to find out why they want to spend £12m on Junction 6 M3....if we will have 50% deficit of liquid fuel by 2030 there seems little point in improving road infrastructure.

    March 26, 2013

  • Richard C.

    What have we run out of so far?

    March 3, 2013

  • ken s.

    Another absorbing Cafe Sci. Thank you Chris and Bob.

    March 25, 2013

  • Shelly M.

    Guys, just got in from work 12 hour day not fun. I'm sorry I can't make it to meet you all

    March 25, 2013

    • Steven P.

      Well at least you saved some oil :-)

      March 25, 2013

  • Steven P.

    Looking forward to it.

    February 4, 2013

  • David K.

    A very topical discussion!

    February 4, 2013

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