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:


And 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 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:


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 (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: "Alex J. O'Connor - The Good Delusion"

The Winchester Discovery Centre

Basingstoke Cafe Sci subscribers are invited to the talk hosted by Winchester Skeptics In The Pub. Tonight's talk is titled “The Good Delusion” and is delivered by philosophical commentator and debater, Alex J. O'Connor. 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? Alex J. O’Connor is a philosophical commentator and debater with over 230,000 subscribers to his videos on YouTube. A self-proclaimed atheist, Alex argues against theological apology, as well as discussing a range of philosophical topics such as the existence of free will, the nature of morality, and freedom of speech. He is currently reading philosophy and theology at Oxford University. Alex offers a means to ground ethics in a way that allows us to determine what people should and shouldn’t do as a matter of fact, whilst dispensing with terms like ‘good’ and ‘bad.’ The concept of good may be delusory, but ethics does not have to be. 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. This event is hosted by the Winchester Skeptics in the Pub

Green Week: Makerspace Repair Cafe

Basingstoke Makerspace

Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique is supporting Basingstoke Green Week by inviting our subscribers to bring along any of their tech they want repaired to the Repair Cafe at Makerspace. From time to time, we all throw away things that have very little wrong with them and could easily be used again after a simple repair. If you have something broken but could be repaired, then bring it along to 2019 Green Week Repair Café at the Basingstoke Makerspace on Sunday 29th and we will do our best to help you repair it. Get help to repair a range of items such as: Push-bikes Household goods Electronics Mechanical equipment Computers (hardware/software) Textiles/Furniture Toys Tool sharpening The event is staffed entirely by volunteers and anyone can pop in! As well as repairs, tea/coffee and biscuits will be available. We appreciate any donations to help fund the next repair café.

Basingstoke Cafe Sci: "Green Week - How to treat an enlarged carbon footprint"

The speaker for the September 2019 meeting (Green Week ) of Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique at The Tea Bar will be Prof. Bob Whitmarsh. The subject of this evenings talk will be "How to treat an enlarged carbon footprint". DESCRIPTION: After a swift review of global and national emissions statistics and their implications for staying within future climate change budgets I shall talk about the situation at local authority level, specifically in Winchester District. Having explained the concept of a carbon footprint I shall then move on to the household level and address what individuals can do to reduce their own carbon footprint. I’ll finish by mentioning ways in which one can measure one’s own carbon footprint either online or with pen, paper and calculator. SPEAKER: Bob Whitmarsh is a retired scientist who spent 40 years doing research in marine geophysics. He has a first degree in geology and a PhD in geophysics. For most of his professional career he worked for the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council. He is a Visiting Professor at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton. Since he retired Bob Whitmarsh has become passionate about climate change and how society is meeting the challenge of mitigating its effects. He is active in his local community climate change action group (Winchester Action on Climate Change or WinACC), of which he is a trustee. He has been working to save energy in his home for more than 45 years and has ten years’ experience of working, and writing, on the topic of this talk. He recently published a book ‘Achieving a low-carbon household’. VENUE: The Tea Bar doors will be open from around 6.45pm before the talk which starts at 7:30pm, so you can get yourself a drink of tea or coffee or something stronger from the bar. This is a chance for a social chat with other participants before the talk starts. SCHEDULE The talk and discussions start at 7.30pm prompt and will aim to finish around 9:00pm. Everyone will be welcome to stay and have a chat with the speaker after the talk. The format of the evening is usually a talk of 30 to 40 minutes, followed by a short break so you can refill your cup of tea or coffee before the questions and discussions about the talk. Cafe Sci talks are free and open to everyone. We will however be encouraging a donation towards the speakers expenses, venue and the tea, coffee and biscuits supplied during the evening. There will be a jar for you to put your donation into on the evening. 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: Bob Clifford, Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique Organiser

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