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From coffee houses to conferences – the history of science conversation

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, over cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore science and technology. To join in, just turn up, get a drink, and get involved in the discussion.

In 17th-century London, coffee-houses were important centres of information exchange: gentlemen, merchants, courtiers and craftsmen gathered to sip coffee and talk about the latest news and ideas. Fellows of the newly-established Royal Society used coffee-house conversations to publicise their own research and learn about developments at home and abroad.
Since then, conversations about science have gradually moved out of the public sphere and behind closed doors, to laboratories and scientific conferences. What effect has this had on the relationship between the public and science? Where should the science conversations of the future take place? Presented by a mix of historians and science communicators, this Cafe will explore the way we talk about science.


Professor Joe Cain | talks | www
Mr Keith Moore | talks | www
Dr Richard P. Grant | talks | www


Date and Time:

28 June 2010 at 5:45 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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Organised by:

The Royal Society
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