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Duncan Dallas

Duncan Dallas, founder of cafe scientifique in the UK, died recently after a short illness.

A memorial event and reception will be held on Tuesday 29th April, at 2pm in Leeds City Museum. Duncan's children want to invite all those who knew Duncan or were part of the cafe sci family to join them on the day. Donations towards the Cafe Sci-Uganda project - a project very close to Duncan's heart - will be welcomed in lieu of flowers.

Duncan was founder, guru and long-standing friend of cafe scientifique. He did so much to spread the message of cafe scientifique world-wide and will be missed by friends and cafe organisers in the UK, Europe, the USA and Africa. Please feel free to leave a remembrance or read the comments of those who knew Duncan here.

The Edge Annual Question 2014

What scientific idea is ready for retirement?

Answers from 176 of the great, the good and the thought-provoking at

Science Communication Masterclass

The Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England, Bristol is delighted to announce that its Masterclass in Science Communication will take place again this autumn.


The Masterclass is an intensive course created to provide professional development in science communication. The Masterclass draws on the existing expertise of the team that delivers UWE's popular and practical MSc in Science Communication.


The Masterclass covers a range of topics including: the historical and social contexts of science communication, scientific literacy and public understanding, publics and engagement, face-to-face, media and online methods of engaging with the public. In addition, participnants are offered a choice of interactive sessions enabling them to concentrate on particular areas of interest. 


The Masterclass has been designed for those with little or no experience in field of science communication and would be suitable for practising scientists wishing to enhance the public engagement element of their research, science graduates interested in science communication – or those seeking a career change, scientists/ teachers of science seeking continuing professional development and people working in Research Councils with a communication element to their role.


Cafe Sci Uganda and Galileo Mobile

In September 2013, Cafe Sci Uganda hosted the GalileoMobile team as they led an inspiring astronomy expedition in five Ugandan schools in and around Kampala and Mbale.

View the video here.

September Science Cafe Review

This month's Science Cafe Review is an article about the Canadian Institutes of Health research's cafe programme.