RC&I has embarked on a new outreach initiative by introducing the Café Scientifique concept - a first for Cape Town. The aim is to stimulate discussions around science, engineering and innovation and encourage broader interaction with society.
We have launched a local branch of this international grassroots movement, described as:
- "…… a place where, along with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context." www.cafescientifique.org
These events, sometimes dubbed as “science for the sociable”, bring people together in a friendly, informal “pub” atmosphere in an after-work, happy-hour context. It starts with an informal talk (not a seminar!) in laymen’s terms on a key UCT invention given by the inventors themselves, who will highlight key aspects of their research and the resulting commercial opportunities. They will then encourage question and answer exchanges and spark debate and general discussion around the technology – it’s a chance for everyone to express an opinion, expert or otherwise.
This is an opportunity to showcase and publicise some of the major inventions in the University’s portfolio and empower non-scientists to more comfortably and accurately assess science and technology prospects with the idea of attracting angel and other investment.
We host our Café Scientifique in the UCT Irma Stern Museum and Art Gallery. The art, a permanent collection, as well as specific exhibitions, is an additional draw-card. Attendees can browse through the different rooms and exhibitions before and after the ‘discussion’.
|Tues 16 July 2013||Prof Ed Rybicki||Vaccine Rapid Response: Is South Africa Ready?
Invite. Read more. Article. Photos. Video
|Tues 10 Sep 2013||Prof Sue Harrison||Magnificent MicroAlgae: fuel, fine chemicals & feeds.
Invite. Read more. Photos. Video.
|Tues 21 Jan 2014||Dr George Vicatos|
|Tues 25 Feb 2014||Prof Keertan Dheda||New Tactics against an Old Enemy: Novel Approaches to TB Diagnosis.
Invite. Read more. Photos. Video.
|Tues 03 Jun 2014||Prof Alison Lewis||
Modern Alchemy: Making Value Out Of Waste Water
|Tues 05 Aug 2014||A/Prof Arnaud Malan|
|Tues 14 April 2015||Prof Peter Zilla||
Minding the Gap: Heart Surgery for the Many
|Tues 21 Jul 2015||Prof Jill Farrant||
Resurrection plants: Future food, future health?
|Tues 6 Oct 2015||Dr Sharon Blair||
The World’s Platinum Nation: Will fuel cells add value to our local platinum industry?
|Tues 19 April 2016||Prof Russ Taylor||
The Square Kilometre Array: Big Telescope, Big Science, Big Data
|Tues 6 Sept 2016||Prof Kobus van Zyl||
Hunting for the Leak: An Agony in 8 Drips
|Tue 6 June 2017||Prof Karen Sliwa-Hahnle||
Peripartum Cardiomyopathy: From bench to bedside to population studies
|Tue 20 Sep 2017||Mr Richard Perez||
Design-Led Thinking: A new way of collaborative problem solving in our complex world
Numbers will be limited. To register as an attendee please email email@example.com.
Café Scientifique events from 2015 onwards have been made possible through the generous sponsorship of Spoor & Fisher.
The first four Café Scientifique events were made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA).
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