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.
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.