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Could you help run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique?
Sep 5 – Sep 30 all-day

Could you help run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique?

Ulrike Knies-Bamforth is looking for someone to help her run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique. She needs one (or more!) people to help her advertise the group’s events through social media and other channels. Depending on your interests, you could also help with booking speakers and venues. This is a great opportunity to gain experience of running a series of public engagement events for adults!

What is Cafe Scientifique?

Cafe Scientifique is an open and informal forum for the public discussion of science and engineering! The cafe is committed to encouraging public engagement with science and engineering by hosting monthly Cafes in which expert speakers are discussing timely topics with an audience of non-specialists.

What happens at a Café Scientifique event?

The session begins with our guest speaker giving a 30-45minute talk about the subject. The key here is that it is informal. That means no need for PowerPoint or any visual aides, just the speaker addressing the issue. There is then a short break to allow glasses to be refilled, followed by discussion about the topic, initially taking form of a Q&A session directed at the speaker.

Why Have Café Scientifique?

Public engagement with science is an important issue as the lay communities’ understanding of topical science exerts strong influence over its boundaries and uses.
One only has to recall the MMR scandal in recent years to see how important the lay community is in the advancement and implementation of modern science, and how vital it is that we are all reliably informed.

Who attends?

Due to the nature of Café Scientifique our attendees come from all walks of life, all sharing a common interest in science.

Ok, so when is it on?

The café runs on the second Monday (occasionally alternative Mondays) of the month at the Filmhouse bar (Lothian road), starting at 8.30.

How much does it cost?

FREE! (although we welcome donations)

Hope to see you there!

European Researchers’ Night 2017
Sep 29 – Sep 30 all-day

Check out the full Edinburgh programme here!

Explorathon at Leith Labs @ Ocean Terminal
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Fancy finding out about the amazing things happening in the research institutions of Edinburgh while you do your shopping? Join us for an extravaganza of science demonstrations, amazing installations, fascinating exhibits, inspiring drop-in talks for adults at Living Memory Association and lots and lots of questions! Presented in conjunction with Leith Labs as part of #Explorathon17.

Explorathon at The Botanics @ John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Discover a world of fascinating stories and investigations into the health of plants and our planet at the Botanics. Meet a range of researchers, play a virtual forest strategy game and delve into the
secrets of the soil with a range of fun activities for all the family. Presented in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh as part of #Explorathon17.

Explorathon: Murder at the Museum @ National Museum of Scotland
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join our experts to explore forensic science and crime. Test your forensic reconstruction skills, learn about the lethal links between poison and herbalism, and dig into the stories behind death,
past and present.

In partnership with the National Museum of Scotland. Part of Dig It! 2017 and VisitScotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, and #Explorathon17

Explorathon at WHALE Arts @ WHALE Arts
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fun, interactive, creative activities on a whole variety of topics from the scientific to the musical and much more, created by researchers and representatives from the community-led arts charity and social enterprise, WHALE Arts. Recommended for 6 – 10 year-olds and their grownups. Booking is required for this session – please call or email

Presented in partnership with WHALE Arts as part of #Explorathon17.

Explorathon at Curiosity Forest Lates @ The Greyfriars Charteris Centre
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Enter the woods for an evening out with a twist. Curious grown-ups are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and listen to stories on a range of fun and curious topics from inspiring researchers in our magical indoor art/science woodland. In partnership with the Curiosity Forest and the Charteris Centre as part of Explorathon#17.

Explorathon at the Edinburgh Active Citizenship Group @ Edinburgh City Chambers
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a special meeting of the Edinburgh Active Citizenship Group. Tonight the topic under discussion is Brexit: Cliff Edge or Launch Pad? Hear from Edinburgh University Professor of Territorial Politics Nicola McEwen and share your views in this lively and wide-ranging discussion. In partnership with the Edinburgh Active Citizenship Group as part of Explorathon#17.

Explorathon at Café Scientifique @ Levels Cafe, Holyrood Road
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Dinosaurs are icons of prehistory, but how did they grow to such huge sizes and become so dominant? What do new discoveries from Scotland reveal about the lifestyles of these 170-million-year-old beasts? Come find out more from University of Edinburgh dinosaur specialist, Steve Brusatte. In partnership with Edinburgh Café Scientifique as part of #Explorathon17.

Explorathon at Curiosity Forest @ Greyfriars Charteris Centre
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Curiosity Forest returns! Join us for Edinburgh’s art and research-inspired event in a beautiful indoor woodland! Plenty of activities on a whole range of topics to delight children and their families. In partnership with the Curiosity Forest and the Charteris Centre as part of #Explorathon17.

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The Beltane Public Engagement Network
The Institute for Academic Development
1 Morgan Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 8FP

Phone: 0131 650 4874/4875

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