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Cafe Scientifique

What is Café Scientifique?

Café Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.

Café Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues, not a shop window for science. It is committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable.

Everyone who wants to is welcome to ask a question or make a comment. You don't need to be a scientist to enjoy the evening - just come with an open and enquiring mind.

Café Scientifique is supported by the University of Reading and the Thames Valley branch of the British Science Association.

Where is Reading Café Scientifique held? 

Café Scientifique Reading events take place at Smokin' Billy's (formerly Monroe's American Bar): 61 St. Mary's Butts, Reading, RG1 2LG. 

They take place on selected Monday evenings throughout the year and start at 7.30pm.
There is no entry fee and all are welcome.


Monday 6 June
EU referendum debate on the impact on UK science and technology

This special Cafe Sci event dedicated to the EU referendum, with a debate on the impact on UK science and technology of an 'in' or 'out' result of the vote taking place on 23rd June 2016.

Our guest speakers are:

  • Lee Upcraft, Scientists for Britain Campaign
  • Mike Galsworthy, Scientists for EU Campaign

The debate will be chaired by BBC journalist Chris Browning

Each speaker will have 20 mins to present their point of view and then an open Q&A session will commence.

If you would like to ask a question anonymously then submit a question in advance for the Chair to read out by emailing it to with the subject heading 'Cafe Sci EU referendum'.

Monday 4 July

Additive Manufacturing ’3D printing’ for Future Spacecraft
Mike Curtis-Rouse, Harwell Campus, Science and Technology Facilities Council

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