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 it’s 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 had proposed to run evenings not just in Falmouth, but in other venues across the Duchy.
The COVID 19 pandemic ‘lockdown’ has given us reason to speed this development up; and as of April 2020, all (former) Falmouth Cafe Sci activities are to be broadcast, using live-streaming software, called ‘Zoom’..
This software has been adopted extensively over the first weeks of the lockdown era, and is remarkably easy to use. However, for those new to Zoom, and more especially those interested to understand how to take part in a Virtual Cafe Sci, we have prepared a Beginners’ Guide to The Virtual Cafe with Zoom. You will find that HERE.
Meanwhile, for those interested in the range of the Falmouth Cafe Sci’s notion of science, and of public engagement, the Falmouth Cafe Sci website has an extensive back catalogue of past talks, as well as advice for speakers, and other gems. For the full Cafe Sci programme of last years and future months, go to the Falmouth Cafe Sci Home page, HERE
(Please Note that the Cafe Sci in Redruth is now closed. The Cafe in Launceston, like Cafe Sci’s elsewhere, is quite autonomous.)