Scientifique Gainesville serves the scientific
interests of our local community. The Café
is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science
and technology, over a cup of coffee, tea or a glass of beer, outside a
traditional academic setting. The Café is a forum for debating
science issues (not a shop window for science) in an informal setting
where relaxed conversation and an exchange of ideas is possible. The
Cafe is committed to promoting public engagement with science and to
science accessible to all.
The Café is held every month during the academic year, usually on Tuesday evenings (always check schedule) starting at 7:30 pm and finishing by 9:00 pm , but the mmeting dates and times will be modified to accommodate speakers. The Cafe usually meets in the Phillips Social Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (always check the schedule), which has space for up to 70 attendees, a kitchen in the Hall, and ample free parking. When the Café meets in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, light refreshments are sold, at cost, (snacks, coffee and tea) and attendees can bring their own alcoholic beverages. The Café is sponsored by the University of Florida Chapter of Sigma Xi and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
The Café Scientifique movement started in England in 1998 as an informal discussion forum giving everyone the opportunity to gather to discuss great topics in science. The Café meetings are designed to promote group discussion: the evening is led by an invited speaker, who talks briefly, then the topic is thrown open to debate and everyone is encouraged to join the discussion. Also the Cafe is associated with the Science Cafe program of Sigma Xi.
Come and join us! Experience the Cafe! (Map to the Cafe)