General Cafe Sci news. See individual cafe pages for more details of their activities.

Does it matter who pays for science?

The British Science Association wants to empower people to constructively engage in debates over science’s role in their lives, their local economy, and the UK’s future. 


To make sure these conversations are happening at a local level, it is working with organisations on its Future Debates series. Each series of Future Debates will focus on a particular issue, and the topic for autumn/winter 2017 is Does it matter who funds science?


Grants of up to £500 available!


To support these events, event organisers can apply for grants of up to £500 to organise a debate around this topic. The events must be held between 18th September and 30th November 2017.


More information about the project, including grant guidelines, can be found on the website. The British Science Association is also able to provide support with finding speakers for events.


Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you have any questions about applying.


Deadline: 30th August 2017

Leeds cafe Science-Comedy Slam

The Leeds (Chapel Allerton) cafe recently held its fourth -- and most ambitious yet -- annual science slam. This evening of science-themed comedy attracted eight presenters, a mix of previous speakers and audience regulars. The organiser of the cafe, Dominic Rayner, says that a slam is a much bigger commitment than organising an ordinary meeting, and the science-comedy slam doubly so, it was certainly worthwhile. Despite being totally unrehearsed it went really well and generated great feedback.


If any other cafe organiser is interested in holding a similar evening, Dominic has offered to share his experience. Contact details on the Leeds cafe page.


First cafe in Cambodia

The Cafe Scientifique family welcomes the first cafe in Cambodia, held in Phnom Penh recently. 

Alongside the cafe held recently in Laos, it is a real pleasure to see cafe sci extending into a new region.

Research paper on Dutch science cafes

New research paper analysing Dutch science cafes


As some of you know, science cafes have become increasingly interesting to the academic world. This recently-published paper (open access) is an analysis of Dutch science cafes, including the perspectives of participants, organisers and hosts.

Henley Cafe - special 50th event

Henley on Thames Cafe Scientifique is celebrating its 50th cafe with a special guest speaker - Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science.