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Basingstoke Science & Climate Cafe is a place where anyone is welcome to explore the latest ideas in science, technology and climate change. We encourage our members and attendees to donate the price of a coffee towards our speakers expenses, administration and web site costs.

We aim to host regular Science, Technology and Climate Change public talks and discussions at the Red Lion Hotel Bar in London Street. These events include a mix of live speakers plus discussion of the event topic in a follow-on Q&A session.  The live speakers are experts in their field invited from local companies and academic centres and are specialists in the subjects under discussion.

We also publicise in our calendar the details of many live-stream public talks from the likes of TED.com, The Royal Institution, The Royal Society and other Cafe Scientifique groups. Booking for these online talks is often handled outside this meetup group, so please read the event instructions carefully.

Everyone is welcome to attend this Meetup groups events free of charge. Basingstoke Science & Climate Cafe is a not-for-profit group organised by Meet-Basingstoke.ivc.org.uk. Join this meetup group to receive email notifications via Meetup of any science and technology talks, debates and lectures that we hear about.

Upcoming events (4+)

Winchester Science Cafe: “Setting course for zero-carbon shipping”

Meeting / Address: Prior Registration Required for Zoom

Tickets / Register: www.wincafesci.org.uk/

This event is hosted and arranged by William Vine, the Group Organiser for Winchester Cafe Scientifique.

Basingstoke IVC science enthusiasts invite you to this talk on a very interesting subject. The subject of this evenings talk is “Setting course for zero-carbon shipping” delivered by Dr Laurie Wright – Southampton Solent University.

WinCafeSci is Online, so if you missed a talk or would like to go over some of it again you can watch here on our YouTube channel.

Your participation provides the motivation to continue. Suggestions for future speakers are welcome.

Join the Zoom meeting here:


We have recently renewed our Zoom subscription for another 12 months.

If you would like to contribute, you can find the link to our virtual sweetie jar below. Thanks.

A free Zoom account is great if you want to participate. If that is not for you, you can watch on YouTube Live from your normal browser.


Dr Laurie Wright – Southampton Solent University

We will open the meeting from 7:00pm so people can settle in, chat etc. There will be a break between talk and Q&A when people can chat etc. It's not the same as live but closer than I thought

A recording will be available after the event on YouTube.

The Winchester Cafe Sci Facebook Group provides an opportunity to share ideas and keep in touch. You are encouraged to post interesting science links and to comment or discuss.:


Contact Details:
William Vine, Winchester Cafe Sci (Promoted by Bob Clifford, Basingstoke IVC Cafe Sci Organiser)

RI: quantum computers for the 21st Century

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Meeting / Address: https://www.rigb.org/whats-on/

Tickets / Register: www.rigb.org/whats-on/einsteins-revolution-quantum-technology-21st-century- ...

Basingstoke IVC Science Cafe invite you to this free Royal Institution talk titled "Einstein's revolution: quantum technology for the 21st Century quantum computer"


Please register for the event via this link:

Join David Jamieson as he explores his work in quantum technology and looks at how we plan to build the first quantum machines.
Einstein’s most revolutionary idea, the light quantum, led to the concept for a radical new type of computer. This computer would use the strange rules of quantum mechanics to process information encoded in quantum bits, otherwise known as qubits.

In this talk you will find out more about how these large-scale devices may be able to solve important problems that cannot be solved by classical machines. And about some of the formidable scientific and technical obstacles that would need to be overcome, through the use of unprecedented precision to manipulate and interrogate single atoms.

David Jamieson is a Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne. He has a PhD from Melbourne and held postdoctoral fellowships at Caltech (USA) and the University of Oxford (UK).

David has served terms as Head of School and President of the Australian Institute of Physics. His research expertise in the field of ion beam physics applied to test some of the key functions of a revolutionary quantum computer constructed in silicon in the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.
In 2020 David received a Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellowship to work on new ideas for engineering silicon with single atoms. He is also a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Physics and the Institute of Physics (UK).

This is a livestream event.

The live stream will go live at 7:25pm, and the introduction will begin at 7:30pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

Online booking for Royal Institution events is run by a third-party service, Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.co.uk).

To book Royal Institution events through Eventbrite users must register with Eventbrite and set-up user account with a unique email and password. All information provided by you or collected by Eventbrite in connection with the Services is governed by Eventbrite's Privacy Policy, a copy of which is located at www.eventbrite.com/privacypolicy. The Royal Institution reserves the right to send you emails relating to the specific event(s) you have booked.

Contact Details: The Royal Institution (Promoted by Bob Clifford, Basingstoke IVC Science Cafe)

Royal Soc: Summer Science exhibition, London

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Meeting / Address: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG (Click for Map)

How to find us: Self guided trip to the exhibition ... choose the date that suits you. Bob will be visiting on Sat 9 July.

Tickets / Register: royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/summer-science-exhibition/

Do you know what makes chocolate taste unique, or how llamas are helping us fight viruses? Join the Royal Society at their free Summer Science Exhibition to explore the science behind these questions and more.

The exhibition is suitable for all ages. Public entry is free and no advance registration is required.


The Royal Society’s annual Summer Science Exhibition (6 - 10 July 2022) returns to central London this summer, offering a free interactive experience for anyone curious about the latest advances in science and technology. Get hands-on with berry-powered solar cells, find out how you could join the hunt for unknown species in your back garden, or meet the scientists designing remote-healing technology.

Join us at the weekend to explore our drop-in workshops, or visit during the week to meet the budding scientists at our Young Researcher Zone, where students from the Partnership Grants scheme will be exhibiting their research. Families can explore the exhibition at their own pace during the weekend with workshops for all ages and interests, as well as a dedicated children’s area, child-friendly menu, and buggy parking available.

If you are unable to come to London for the event, we will have curated digital content available on demand, including livestream demonstrations and interviews so you can still experience the buzz of the exhibition floor.

Enquiries: contact the Events team

Contact Details:
Royal Society (Promoted by Basingstoke IVC Science Cafe, Bob Clifford, www.cafesci-basingstoke.org.uk)

Skeptics of the Round Table - Pub Night in Winchester, Bishop on the Bridge

Wednesday 8th September was a momentous day. It is on that day that the Skeptics of the Round Table returned to an actual pub.



Yes, after 18 months confined to Zoom, Winchester's The Bishop On The Bridge is once again where Hampshire Skeptics return to. At 7:00 pm BST.

Skeptics of the Round Table is Hampshire Skeptics Society’s social meet-up. Enjoy free and unrestricted conversations between friendly like-minded people - brought together by the ideal of promoting a skeptical and scientific view of the world we live in.

Looking forward to meeting you soon at our Round Table!

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