The Cafe Scientifique, Falmouth


With the creation of Cornwall BSA branch, in 2015, it was agreed that the branch incorporates the ‘Cafe Scientifique’ in Falmouth. During the restructuring into the Cornwall Science Community, over 2019, there was a short hiatus with the Falmouth’s Cafe Scientifique to make time for more talks in planning for the end of the year.

The current thinking however is that, whilst its true that most Cafe Sci’s are based in one town or city, the Cafe Sci is essentially a format, not an organisation. As a model for a discussion, it is one that can ‘travel’. So for the future, we propose to run evenings not just in Falmouth, but in other venues across the Duchy.

(Please Note that the Cafe Sci in Redruth is now closed; and the Cafe in Launceston, like Cafe Sci’s elsewhere, is quite autonomous.)


Meanwhile, for the return of the Cafe Sci to Falmouth, we had two highly successful talks for the autumn of 2019.

Battling Superbugs

In October 2019, three PhD students from Exeter described their work on mapping the alarming spread of anti-biotic resistance, the nature of resistance sumps, our growing capacity to understand the processes of resistance, and the prospects of gene editing to mitigate some of the dangers.

The splice of life.

In November, Prof Lorna Harries gave a talk on her molecular biology lab’s work on cellular regeneration; explaining new ideas on the fine tuning of gene expression, that open the prospect of rejuvenation of ageing and damaged cells.


For the full Cafe Sci programme of last years and future months, go to the Falmouth Cafe Sci Home page, HERE