The relaxing way to hear and 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.
Having restarted in-person evenings in a new venue from December 2022, 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 NOW THE OU DEPT OF PHARMACOLOGY ON MANSFIELD ROAD
See the Cafe audio page for streaming audio files of many of the older 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. |
There is a private YouTube channel of Oxford Cafe Sci talks from the pandemic period. The links for its playlists are only given to members of the mailing list (see below) and users are asked not to spread them publicly. A few videos go into the public YouTube playlist.
|THIS MONTH'S CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE
Tuesday 10th October 2023 - Dr Angharad De Cates and Professor Susannah Murphy
From lows to highs: developing new treatments for depression
Depression is a common condition that can be both challenging and costly, including making it harder for those affected to work and function in daily life. Unfortunately, conventional antidepressants don't bring complete relief to at least one-third of people with depression. However, there is some good news. Researchers at the University of Oxford, as well as other experts worldwide, are actively working to find new medications and therapies. In this talk, we'll explore the progress being made in discovering treatments for this common mental illness.
Dr Angharad De Cates is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Psychiatry in Oxford, where Susannah Murphy is an Associate Professor. They are both experts in psychopharmacology amongst other things.
|NEXT AND LATER
Tuesday 12th December 2023 - Dr Stephen Sandler - "The effect of female hormones on the rest of the body"
Tuesday 9th January 2024 - Dr Guida Ruas - "Breakthroughs in Alzheimer's treatment - a path to hope and progress"
Tuesday 13th February 2024 - speaker to be announced
Tuesday 12th March 2024 - speaker to be announced
Tuesday 9th April 2024 - speaker to be announced
Tuesday 7th May 2024 (note unusual date) - Professor John Sutton - experimental psychology and cognition
Tuesday 11th June 2024 - Professor Dan Remenyi - "Navigating bias in AI-chatbots"
Tuesday 9th July 2024 - speaker to be announced
Click on "Details" on the left-hand menu for a full list of upcoming Cafes.
IN PERSON DOORS OPEN 6:45pm, ZOOM STARTS 7pm, TALK STARTS 7:15pm, EVENING FINISHES 8:45pm. There is a bench outside the common room on the top floor where early arrivals can sit before the doors open.
If you are not already on our mailing list for updates, please see the foot of this page for how to subscribe. Zoom links and passcodes will only be issued via the mailing list, at 2pm on the day of each talk.
|VISITING THE CAFE
The Cafe is hosted by the Department of Pharmacology, off Mansfield Road (north end). This is in the centre of Oxford but does not have direct public transport to it. Please see the Pharmacology information page for full details of facilities and directions. There is disabled access to all parts of the building including the top-floor common room used by the Cafe.
Doors open at 6:45pm, with the talk starting at 7:15pm. The evening will end at 8:45pm latest, as we must leave the building by 9pm or earlier. There is a bench outside the common room on the top floor where early arrivals can sit before the doors open. Full venue information below.
We have been running a hybrid Cafe since restarting post-Covid. Zoom attendees must join the mailing list on or before 2pm on the event date and will see the specific link for the night given out in an email sent at 2pm that day: no registration required, and late emails may not be answered. If something happens to interrupt the connection then we will focus on the in-person event. Please do not give the Zoom link out to random people who might misuse it, and please do not ever publish it. The online 'doors' open at 7pm and everyone on the call will remain muted throughout, but may submit questions via the Zoom chat function.
|SPONSOR AND DONATIONS|
The assistance of Pharmacology and particularly Carolyn Thackrah, for offering the Cafe a venue post-pandemic, is much appreciated.
Those who wish to donate to the Cafe online may do so via https://paypal.me/CafeSci on Paypal.
Donations cover the refreshments, speaker expenses including taking them for dinner as a thank you (they are not paid), costs such as technology and equipment, the Zoom Pro subscription and occasional photocopying. There is absolutely no obligation whatsoever to donate but all gifts are greatly appreciated. Our thanks to the many who have already donated this academic year.
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