Cafe Scientifiques in Canada

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Cafe Scientifiques in Canada



Has anyone had the chance to attend a Cafe Scientifique meeting this year? They're billed as a way for scientists and experts to discuss scientific ideas and engage with the public in a casual setting. It's the first year they're up and running across Canada as far as I know. I guess they're Canada's version of European philosophy cafes, in which intellectuals informally debate ideas with the public. The next time there's a session scheduled in my area, I'll make an effort to go, to see what they're all about.


Cafй Scientifique is where you can have a drink and learn about the latest ideas and issues in science and technology in an informal setting. It’s not a lecture! It’s a place for group discussion and audience involvement is the most important ingredient.

[url=]Here's a listing of upcoming events in different cities.[/url]

[ 28 November 2007: Message edited by: M.Gregus ]


Some really provocative topics. Sounds like fun - and interesting to boot; bringing back extinct species, for example.

There is no reason why a message board cannot be discussing some of these topics - as long as they didn't scare off by becoming over-intellectualized. Some feel that "experts" have, perhaps, had the rostrums too long.

[ 28 November 2007: Message edited by: bliter ]


Host Date Topic
Toronto Tuesday November 27, 2007, 6 pm Unzipping Your Genes: The promise and perils of personalized medicine.
Calgary Tuesday November 27, 2007, 6:30-8:30 pm What’s up in Space?
Toronto Saturday November 24, 2007, 4 pm Getting to the Heart of the Matter: What is Dark Matter and why should we care?
Toronto Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 6-9 pm Mapping Your DNA: Preventative measure or too much information?
Guelph Tuesday, November 6, 7 pm How can we achieve sustainability with water?
Toronto Saturday, October 20, 4 pm Can science write a prescription for happiness?
Ottawa Tuesday, October 2, 6 pm Stem Cell Research - Does the promise outweigh the risk? (en anglais)
Toronto Tuesday, September 25th, 5 pm Toronto the Good? Air quality and your Health
Calgary Tuesday, September 25th, 6:30 pm The Perfect Storm: Animals & People – Sharing the future of our health
Edmonton Tuesday, September 25th, 5 pm Home is where your health is.
Ottawa Tuesday, September 18th, 5 pm Stress, Depression, Anxiety: Am I the only one?
Toronto Saturday, September 15, 2007 Old Habits Die Hard: Can we change before the climate does?
Halifax Monday, June 18, 2007 Are Cities a Health Hazard?
Toronto Saturday June 16, 2007 Genetically Modified Foods - Ingredients for feast or famine?
Manitoba Wednesday, June 13, 2007 Generation convergence
Ottawa Tuesday, June 12, 2007Le mardi 12 juin 2007 How much is an endangered species worth?Jusqu’oщ doit-on aller pour sauver une espиce en pйril? (en anglais)
Ottawa Tuesday, June 12, 2007Le mardi 12 juin 2007 How much is an endangered species worth?Jusqu’oщ doit-on aller pour sauver une espиce en pйril? (en anglais)
Calgary Tuesday May 22, 2007 The Business of Universities - Is commercialization of university research only about making money?
Vancouver Tuesday May 22, 2007 Searching for earths around other stars
Hamilton Monday March 05, 2007 Jurassic Park Reloaded - Should science re-create extinct species?

We Vancouver riffraff get just one. And the topic's not for me. Perhaps others are interested.


The list of events seems to taper off at the end of November. I hope there's an updated schedule for the new year rather than this being a one-time thing. I also wouldn't mind getting some of Toronto's topics thrown my city's way...