About Us

Each month Oriel Science Cafe invites a leading expert in their field to give a brief introductory talk followed by a friendly informal chat. You can sit back, relax with a drink in your hand and listen or get involved in the discussion and debate.

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FameLab - Swansea Heats
(In association with the Swansea University Public Engagement Forum)
Wednesday 29th January 2020 at 7:30pm

We are delighted to again host the Swansea heats of FameLab. Come along and hear some of the best emerging Science Communicators inform, educate and entertain you - all within just 3 minutes. This is a fast-action, high stakes, action packed way to consume science! The winners will go on to next month's All-Wales Final (see below).

Rhagbrofion Abertawe FameLab
(Yn gydweithrediad â Fforwm Ymgysylltu ar Gyhoedd, Prifysgol Abertawe)
Dydd Mercher 29ain Ionawr 2020 am 7:30yp

Rydym yn falch iawn o gynnal rhagbrofion Abertawe yn FameLab. Dewch draw i glywed rhai o'r Cyfathrebwyr Gwyddoniaeth ifanc gorau yn eich hysbysu, addysgu a'ch difyrru - i gyd o fewn i ddim ond 3 munud. Mae hon yn ffordd gyflym o weithredu, polion uchel, llawn gweithgareddau i ddefnyddio gwyddoniaeth! Bydd yr enillwyr yn mynd ymlaen i Rownd Derfynol Cymru'r mis nesaf (gweler isod).


FameLab - Welsh Finals!
(In association with the Swansea University Public Engagement Forum)
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 7:30pm

The All-Wales Finals of FameLab are on tonight! Speakers will be judged by an expert panel on their ability to convey research ideas in just 3 minutes. It's a winner takes all, because they get to compete in the UK National finals.

FameLab - Rowndiau Terfynol Cymru!
(Yn gydweithrediad â Fforwm Ymgysylltu ar Gyhoedd, Prifysgol Abertawe)
Dydd Mercher 26ain Chwefror 2020 am 7: 30pm

Mae Rowndiau Terfynol FameLab Cymru Gyfan ymlaen heno! Bydd siaradwyr yn cael eu beirniadu gan banel arbenigol yn ôl eu gallu i gyfleu syniadau ymchwil mewn 3 munud yn unig. Bydd yr enillydd yn cael cystadlu yn rowndiau terfynol Cenedlaethol y DU.


Global wildfire: realities, perceptions and the future to come
Cristina Santin Nuno (Swansea University)
Wednesday 25th March at 7:30pm

Futher details to come.

About Us

Oriel Science Café is committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable. This public lecture series has been running since 2005! Science Cafés are held in casual settings across the UK and further afield. They are informal and accessible and entry is entirely free. They usually start with a short talk from the speaker, usually a scientist or writer, followed by a quick break for glasses to be refilled and then half an hour or so of discussion afterwards. Previous topics have included dark matter, the common cold, Dr Who, the Big Bang and alternative therapies. The first Cafes Scientifiques in the UK were held in Leeds in 1998. From there cafés gradually spread across the country where you can meet regularly to hear scientists or writers on science talk about their work and discuss it with diverse audiences.

Oriel Science is Swansea University's science engagement project  It's mission is to “Showcase Science in the Community”. Oriel Science built a pop-up exhibition centre in the city centre, runs school outreach events, exhibits in events across South Wales, organises special exhibitions in the National Waterfront Museum and ... runs the Oriel Scienc Café.