1. Do you have what it takes to be a speaker?
You need to be interested in communicating science and have a
willingness to enthuse school students about it. In short, you need
enthusiasm, commitment and a desire to make a difference.
Café Scientifique isn’t a science club, debating society or classroom
activity. It is a lunchtime/after school event where the emphasis is on
the issues and content; a gateway into promoting science and higher
education and a chance to introduce real world science into a
A school’s Cafe Scientifique programme will be devised by the
students, then, with the help of the project organiser and teacher
co-ordinator, you will be matched with a café needing your expertise.
But this isn’t a platform for you to promote your research or scientific
interests; rather, a chance for you really to think deeply with young
people on scientific matters that they would like to know more about.
What benefits are there for speakers?
Promote public engagement in science
Give something back to school education.
Develop and extend transferable skills – presentational,
communication and interpersonal.
Become aware of developments in school science.
Opportunities to inspire excite and enthuse young
Chances to talk to school students out of the classroom, in an
Interesting change from your normal
Develop links between local schools
and universities and industry.
a role model for the scientists of tomorrow.