What we're about

Basingstoke 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.

The Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique is the public and FREE Science Interest Group of the Basingstoke Friends Social Club (http://www.meetup.com/basingstokefriends). The meetings and talks are all public events (though some external events such as theatre trips require advance payment and/or booking) which are open to anyone with an interest in learning more about the latest ideas in Science and Technology.

You can find out more about the Basingstoke Friends Social Club (aka Active Hampshire) at our web site:

http://www.activehampshire.org.uk

And in our meetup group:

http://www.meetup.com/basingstokefriends

You can join this Cafe Sci Meetup group free of charge to receive email notifications of our talks and any science and technology talks, debates and lectures that we hear about in the local area.

We run our own talk and discussion meetings with an invited speaker on the last working Monday of every month (except in December). These are held from 7.30pm at the Tea Bar, 9-13 London Street, Basingstoke RG21 7NT in the Top of Town area of Basingstoke.

You are welcome to arrive at the monthly meeting venue any time from 6.45pm onwards for drinks and cakes etc. The main talk starts at 7.30pm and usually lasts around 30 to 40 minutes. There is then a short break after the talk for you to get more drinks and cakes etc before we go into the main discussion session. We generally aim to finish at around 9.00pm with some time afterwards until 10.00pm for you to chat to the speakers and other members.

We aim to provide members with information about a wide range of events that may be of interest. We include on the web site details of Cafe Scientifique meetings in Reading, Winchester and Southampton plus those of our local Skeptics in the Pub rational debating groups in Reading and Winchester.

For any queries about Cafe Scientifique in Basingstoke, contact the organizer Bob Clifford at the email address below:

info@cafesci-basingstoke.org.uk

We also have the following web site where you can find more information about how Cafe Scientifique is organised plus links to various science resources. The web site also contains details of the events from the Cafe Scientifique calendar.

http://www.cafesci-basingstoke.org.uk

Upcoming events (5+)

Cafe Sci & MakerSpace: Open Evening and Social at Wetherspoons

Basingstoke Makerspace

Science and Tech enthusiasts in Basingstoke Cafe Sci who like their technology a bit more practical are invited to try out something new at the Basingstoke Makerspace Open Evening from 7.00pm. For more details about Basingstoke MakerSpace, see their web site below: http://www.basingstokemakerspace.org.uk/ SOCIAL AT MAIDENHEAD INN, WINCHESTER STREET Afterwards we join up with the Basingstoke Friends and Basingstoke Makerspace members in the Maidenhead Wetherspoons pub from around 9.00pm for a drink and a chat. We are normally somewhere near the front of the pub ... look for the Basingstoke Friends table sign.

Winchester Skeptics: SEE IT SHOOT IT - Secret history of the CIA's lethal drones

Basingstoke Cafe Sci subscribers are invited to the talk hosted by Winchester Skeptics In The Pub. Tonight's talk is titled “SEE IT SHOOT IT - Secret history of the CIA's lethal drone programme” and is hosted by Dr Christopher J. Fuller who is a lecturer in modern U.S. history at the University of Southampton. Winchester Skeptics hosts a guest speaker on the last Thursday of every month. They provide an opportunity for people who are interested in science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking to socialise and discuss matters of interest. WHAT'S THE EVENING ABOUT? This eye-opening talk will uncover the formally classified history of the most important instrument of U.S. counter-terrorism today: the armed drone. Drawing upon research conducted for the completion of his recent book, See It/Shoot It, published by Yale University Press, Dr Christopher Fuller will reveal that, contrary to popular belief, the CIA's covert drone program is not a product of 9/11. Rather, it is the result of U.S. counter-terrorism practices extending back to an influential group of policymakers within the Reagan administration. THE SPEAKER: Dr Christopher J. Fuller is a lecturer in modern U.S. history at the University of Southampton. His research and teaching focus upon American foreign policy, in particular, the origins and conduct of the War on Terror; an exploration of the United States as a post-territorial empire; and the role played by the Internet in both enhancing and undermining American national security. He is a joint U.S./UK citizen, and for the first time in a long time, feels stuck between a rock and a hard place. He tweets at @DrChrisFuller. THE VENUE: Tonight the suggested donation (at the door) for each talk is £5 which doubles as an entry into a book raffle. The Licensed front cafe bar at the Winchester Discovery Centre area will be open from 7.00pm. The talks for Winchester Skeptics in the Pub start at 7.30pm in the main theatre. SKEPTICS IN THE CURRY HOUSE ... After the show, there is a group of Skeptics who go to the nearby Gurkha Inn for a late night curry. Everyone is welcome to join in if there is space ... it is first come, first served on spaces. This event is hosted by the Winchester Skeptics in the Pub

Cafe Sci & MakerSpace: Open Evening and Social at Wetherspoons

Science and Tech enthusiasts in Basingstoke Cafe Sci who like their technology a bit more practical are invited to try out something new at the Basingstoke Makerspace Open Evening from 7.00pm. For more details about Basingstoke MakerSpace, see their web site below: http://www.basingstokemakerspace.org.uk/ SOCIAL AT MAIDENHEAD INN, WINCHESTER STREET Afterwards we join up with the Basingstoke Friends and Basingstoke Makerspace members in the Maidenhead Wetherspoons pub from around 9.00pm for a drink and a chat. We are normally somewhere near the front of the pub ... look for the Basingstoke Friends table sign.

Rdg Cafe Sci: "What are the conservation challenges of today?"

Reading Cafe Sci would like to extend a invitation to the Basingstoke Cafe Sci followers to attend this free talk. Tonight will be about "What are the conservation challenges of today?". The presentation will be followed by a Q and A session. FREE ENTRY. Restaurant is open from 6pm and there is a 20% discount on food ordered before 7pm. SUMMARY: Details of the meeting to follow SPEAKER TBC Format and Venue: Smokin' Billy's 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. 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 drinks to show your support for Smokin Billy's who sponsor the meeting by providing the venue. 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. Be enthused, Be inspired, Join in the discussion #RdgCafeSci This is an external event hosted by: Reading Cafe Scientifique

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