Welcome to the website for the Salisbury Café Scientifique!

Here you will find information about the Salisbury based branch of this international organisation including details of our past and future talks and how to attend one of our events.
Café Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings have taken place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.
Café Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues, not a shop window for science. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable. Everyone is welcome to come and express their views or just enjoy a drink and listen. No scientific knowledge is assumed and everyone can participate.
See the calendar for the full list of upcoming events from Salisbury Café Scientifique and other science organisations:

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  • When: Events take place on the first Tuesday of the month, each month except August. Doors open at 7:00pm when the Bar and Cafe will be open for light refreshments before the event which starts at 7:30pm. See the Calendar for details of upcoming events.
  • Where: Salisbury Rugby Club, as shown on the map below; see the venue page for directions.
Testcard by Sam Greenhalgh

The Future of Television

In this entertaining talk, Dr Nick Lodge will examine the psychology and technology driving today’s TV developments

Poo technician Chester George lowering horse dung into the prototype poo-dryer

The Wonderful World of Poo

The 2018-19 season kicks off with the September talk which will be given by Dan Roberts and Nigel George of the National Poo Museum who will be talking about poo.

AJP092502 - Wernher von Braun walks around a replica of the Apollo 11 moon landing at Atlanta’s Southeastern Fair, 9/25/69

Sense, Nonsense, and Everything in Between – The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

Dr Michael Wood of the University of Winchester will give the July talk focussing on his research into the psychology of conspiracy theories.

Image by Datacorp Technology Ltd

Legacy Versus Security – a Cryptographic Dilemma

The June talk will be given by Prof Chris Mitchell of Royal Holloway, University of London. Chris will be talking about his research into cryptography, encryption and ciphers. 

A1 Submarine fledermaus 2

How science is helping to bring the hidden past back to life

The talk will cover advances in archaeological science including the location of new sites and the analysis and dating of human remains and material.

PIA21046: Saturn, Approaching Northern Summer (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Adventures in the outer solar system

The March talk will be given by Dr. Caitriona Jackman, Associate Professor of Space Physics at the University of Southampton. Caitriona will be talking about research into the outer solar system.

Cancer cell under attack (University of Southampton)

Helping our immune system to fight cancer

The February talk will be given by Prof. Tim Elliott, Professor of Experimental Oncology at the University of Southampton. Tim will...

View across the Ruhr Valley

Air Pollution and Climate Change over the next century

The April talk will be given by Dr Chris Webber from the University of Hertfordshire. Chris will be talking about his research into the relationships between air quality, meteorology and climate change.

Jan Brueghel the Younger and Hendrick van Balen, An Allegory of the Four Elements

Discovery of the Elements: Geography & Fame

The January talk will be given by Chick Wilson, Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Science and Chair in...

Bright Club

Bright Club comes to Cafe Scientifique!

The December event is a real corker this year! The good folks from Bright Club Southampton and Bright Club Oxford are coming to town, bringing their unique style of comedy meets science. Bright Club is a comedy evening where researchers turn their work into Stand-up. Its for anyone who thinks that the best way to learn is by laughing.

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