What we're about
Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to have a conversation about the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars and restaurants, always outside a traditional academic context. Cafe Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues and keeping up to date with latest developments, exploring how they might affect us here on Gozo or more widely. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable. Cafe audiences are people who are interested in science and intelligent discussion: you might call it thinking and drinking! Anyone can participate; speakers are there to be questioned and talk about their work at all levels.
Cafes start with a short talk (usually about twenty minutes) by the speaker, to introduce the topic. After this there is usually a short break to allow glasses to be refilled and conversations to start. This is followed by an hour or so of questions and answers and general discussion. Anyone can ask a question, and we positively welcome those which begin "This might be a stupid question, but ..." These questions are invariably not stupid and often rather insightful.
We aim to cover a wide range of issues relating to science and technology - indeed almost any "ology"! Since 1998, cafes worldwide have covered almost every conceivable scientific topic: AIDS, the Big Bang, biodiversity, cancer, code-breaking, consciousness, Darwinism, ecology, evolution, extreme life, foetal experience, genetically modified organisms, global warming, infertility, nanotechnology, the Public Understanding of Science movement, sports science, superconductors and more. Come and join the conversation! Better still suggest a topic you would like to see addressed.