What we're about

Cafe Scientifique is a place where anyone can come to have a conversation about the latest ideas in science, technology, and medicine. 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. Anyone can participate, and our speakers are there to be questioned about their work at all levels.

Cafe Sci talks start with introductions, a talk by the speaker, and then we move into questions, nswers 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.

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has now taken over the organisation of Cafe Scientifique on Gozo. As part of our public lecture series and in line with our community engagement goals, we are hosting the Cafe Sci events in the Rooftop Cafe at QMUL Malta. We are located in the brand new flagship building within the grounds of Gozo General Hospital.

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Our Secretive Neighbours: Seabirds of the Maltese Archipelago.

Do you know that you are sharing this tiny island with thousands of seabirds, namely the Yelkouan Shearwater, Scopoli's Shearwater and Mediterranean Storm-petrel? They might be out of sight during the day, but at night their eerie sounds fill in the air around the cliff-side of Maltese Islands! These seabirds spend most of their time at sea and only approach the land at night to care for their eggs and chicks. Despite their out-of-human-sight lives, they are not out of human's harm. Seabirds are one of the most threatened group of birds globally and Maltese seabirds are not an exception. Join us on May 27th to learn more about your secretive neighbours, discover more about their lives, hear what BirdLife Malta has been doing to provide them with a safe home and what YOU can do to help these species. Join us on May 27th from 3-4pm for a presentation by Dilek Sahin from BirdLife Malta. Please register to confirm your spot on the webinar.

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Cafe Scientifique - High Fidelity Simulation

Queen Mary University of London Malta campus

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