Magical, subversive, and democratic are the words that Dr.Daniel Glaser, head of special projects in public engagement at the Wellcome Trust, used to describe the charm of science cafes in mediating dialogue between scientists and the public. He said this during a two day workshop on African Science cafes held in Nairobi, Kenya last month.
A science cafe, known around the world as 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 take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.”
The aims of the workshop were to share experiences and lessons learnt from science cafes in the UK, Kenya, and Malawi and to provide skills and knowledge to help participants host science cafes, and receive input in developing an African Science Café Best Practices Toolkit. read more at BMJ Blog