What we're about


Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique is a place where anyone is welcome to explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

The Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique is the Science Group of the Basingstoke Friends Social Club (http://www.meetup.com/basingstokefriends). The meetings and talks are all public events, though there will also be some external events such as University lecture evenings that may require advance payment and/or booking.

There is a voluntary donation collected on the evening of Basingstoke talks to help pay for speakers expenses and towards the cost of using Meetup to advertise our events (around £190 per year).

You can find out more about the Basingstoke Friends Social Club in our meetup group:


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 venue ... though currently we are looking for a new place to meet.

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:


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.


Upcoming events (1)

Soton Cafe Sci: "The design and development of early bicycles"

St Denys Community Centre, Main Hall

Basingstoke Cafe Sci subscribers are invited to the Southampton Cafe Sci talk at the Community Centre in St Denys in Southampton. The talk is being given by Dr. Jessica Spurrell of Southampton University on "The design and development of early bicycles", he'll be bringing along some early examples to explore.. VENUE: Note: There is a strict policy of no drinks to be brought over from the pub to the community centre. There is level access with no steps. 200 metres from the Adelaide Rd side of St Denys railway station. The science cafe talks start at 20:00, therefore please arrive here a little before 20:00. ARRANGEMENTS: Because of the hire cost for this hall, please place 2 pounds per person in the collecting jar near the entry door to the room. With this room-hire structure there is no commercial element in requiring a break, so Q&A will follow immediately after the talk and so the end of the full session should not be much later than the previous structure. The only noise in that venue on Tuesday nights is from a chess club. For any note takers, please bring a small torch with you as the lighting will be all high power fluorescent (prior to talk) and next to nothing (during talk), except spill-over from the projector, light from the foyer and a couple of other low level light sources, assuming the usual problem with fluorescent lamp "dimming", in practise. The format of the evening is usually a talk of 30 to 40 minutes, followed immediately by questions and discussions about the talk. Entry is £2.00 on the door and is open to everyone. 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. Hosted by: Nigel Cooke, Southampton Cafe Scientifique Organiser

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