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Launch of Reading's new Café Scientifique – University of Reading

Release Date : 08 October 2004

A side view of a man's headThe Reading Lifelong Learning Partnership, of which the University is a key partner, has set up a Café Scientifique in Reading enabling the town to join a growing network of Cafés Scientifique around the world. Café Scientifique is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology while enjoying a drink and a laugh with friends. Topics for Reading's Café meetings are as diverse as cyborgs, forensics, climate change, ethical considerations of genetic testing, viruses and MMR. The debates will be kick-started by academics who are leading experts in their fields. Professor Kevin Warwick, who is internationally renowned for his research on intelligent robots, is launching the Café in Reading on Monday 18 October. He said: "There are a lot of exciting things going on in science at the moment and it is great to be able to chat frankly about what's possible and what is not in the relaxed environment of the Café." RLLP Chair Denyse Coles, from Yell, commented: "Reading is one of the first Learning Partnerships in the country to host Café Scientifique and we are delighted to be able to bring this interesting opportunity to people." All Café Scientifque meetings are held at the Queens Head pub, 54 Christchurch Road in Reading and start at 7.30pm. For details of future meetings please visit: End Notes for editors: -Photocall information: Date: Monday, 18 October 2004 Time: 7 – 7.15pm Venue: The Queens Head Pub, 54 Christchurch Road, Reading, RG2 7AZ -Reading Lifelong Learning Partnership (RLLP) is a government initiative that pulls together a wide range of local partners (54 organisations in Reading) such as training providers, community leaders, local business, charities, and the local government to provide learning for everyone whatever their age. Membership is open to organisations with an interest in learning. -For further information, please contact Gesa Reiss, Reading Lifelong Learning Partnership on Tel: 0118 9390126 Mobile: 07734 482885 Email: or Nina Brooke, the University of Reading on Tel: 0118 3787453 Email:


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