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The relaxing way to chat about science in Oxford

The Cafe Scientifique is a successful UK community the idea for which was originally imported from France. The Oxford Cafe was the fourth to be started and there are now dozens of Cafes Scientifiques across the British Isles, while the concept is also now spreading widely overseas. The point of the Cafe is to provide a public forum in which scientific ideas can be discussed informally involving scientists and non-scientists alike, aiming to inform, to entertain, and to provoke debate.

The Oxford Cafe Sci meets on the second Tuesday of each month except August, all are welcome and no scientific background is required. Visit the FAQ page for more information if you have never been to a Cafe event before.

The links on the left of this page give more details.

OUR VENUE IS THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY MUSEUM ON PARKS ROAD

See the Cafe audio page for streaming audio files of many of the recent Cafe talks. These are usually the introductory talks, although several recent discussions have been recorded too. Some talks have associated image or presentation files linked. As a matter of policy audio files are not published straight away, but a minimum of a month later.
THIS MONTH'S CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE

Tuesday 9th October 2018 - Dr Tom Crawford

Where does water go when it enters the ocean?

Tom Crawford, the Naked Mathematician, discusses his doctoral thesis work in which, unusually for a mathematician, he took to the lab and ran experiments which demonstrate the value of maths to the real work and its problems in an area which surprisingly has rarely been studied before.

When a river enters the ocean, does the water spread out evenly in all directions? How do the tides and waves affect its motion? And where should we concentrate our efforts to clean up pollution? By creating a simplified mathematical model of the situation we can try to answer these questions, and then test out the predictions with experiments in the lab. Dr Crawford will explain how this all works, as well as sharing his experience of fieldwork onboard a ship in the Southern OceanÉ

AND AFTER THAT

Future dates:

  • Tuesday 13th November 2018
  • Date for Dec will probably be Wednesday 12th December 2018
  • Tuesday 8th January 2019
  • Tuesday 12th February 2019
  • Tuesday 12th March 2019
  • Tuesday 9th April 2019
  • Tuesday 14th May 2019
  • Tuesday 11th June 2019
  • Tuesday 9th July 2019

    We take a break in August each year and will be back in September.

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  • VISITING THE CAFE

    For full details of how to find the centre including pictures, parking suggestions and local transport links, please visit the Museum Cafe details page on this website.

    The Cafe starts at 7:30pm, with doors opening at 7pm, and it is usually finished by around 9pm.

    There is no formal entry fee, but a hat is passed round during the break between talk and discussion, and all contributions are welcome and help towards providing the facilities and speakers.

    SPONSOR AND FACILITIES

    We are very grateful for the help given by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and its staff, for allowing us to use the visitor centre for our events, and giving us excellent practical support on Cafe nights. The help of Chris Jarvis, education coordinator, and the occasional lending of exhibits and items from the collection, is particularly appreciated.

    We are also very grateful for the help of Science Oxford Live, which housed the Cafe for two years and continue to support us. Visit the SO website, the SO Twitter feed or sign up to the SO email newsletter.

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