Science Cafes are live -- and lively -- events that take place in casual settings such as pubs, coffeehouses (and even museums!), are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with one or more scientists about a particular topic.
The Science Cafe format has spread across the globe, adapting to different cultures and audiences. Whether it's in a bar in Somerville, Mass., an Indian restaurant in New Rochelle, N.Y. or a coffeehouse in San Francisco, Calif., each cafe encourages conversation, debate, interaction and dialogue between scientists and the public.
Successful Science Cafes create a comfortable atmosphere where everyone joins in. They are not long lectures with a passive audience listening to an expert.
Science Cafes welcome people who may or may not typically get involved with scientific discussions. They are not exclusive club meetings for scientists and science majors.
Information adapted from ScienceCafes.org.
Admission all Science Cafe events is free and the event is open to the public.
Thursday, February 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
What is Sustainability?
Associate Professor Tony Abbott, from the Department of Geography and Environmental Science, will open the spring 2014 series of Science Cafes. In answering the title's question, "What is Sustainability?" he will discuss the origin of the term sustainability, its roots in scientific conservation, and current trends in resilience thinking for environmental challenges.
Thursday, March 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Mapping Our Relationship to the Sea
Maps influence how we see the world, and are generally thought to be reality in some form. Beginning with a Greek version of the world map, in which the ocean was a mere river surrounding land, and moving through the centuries to the Heezen-Tharp physiographic map of the ocean floor published in 1957, we can trace not only the evolution of our knowledge of the seas — and the world— but more importantly, see how these maps embed the cultural and political circumstances out of which they emerged.
During this event, we will explore how these maps contain and influence perceptions of our oceans and connect ways in which they influenced the evolution of our marine management structures, resource access, and maritime legal conventions today.
Presented by Barbara Bischoff, visiting professor from the Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Thursday, April 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Tour a Makerspace: A Visit to Stetson's Innovation House
Learn about where and how 3D printers, a vacuum-forming machine, some hand tools, and cast off robots are turning cool ideas into tangible objects.
Presented by Bill Ball, visiting associate professor, Department of Political Science.
Thursday, April 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
How Do We Meet Global Demands for Water?
Presented by Harry Price, associate professor, Department of Chemistry.