[Katie Noble | Entertainment Editor]
For those who don’t know, Café Scientifique is a global network that aims to provide discussion spaces for scientific ideas, while promoting public engagement with science. These meetings take place in cafés, bars, restaurants, and other public spaces across the globe. And now, Café Scientifique is in Hatfield, organised by the University of Hertfordshire.
The events are being organised by Dr Angela Madden, a dietician and nutritionist based at UH, and they are being held at The Red Lion on Great North Road. Dr Madden said: “This is a great opportunity to share ideas about science and research with people in Hatfield and invite them to get involved with discussions. These discussions with non-scientists are important and can lead to new perspectives that are well worth investigating.”
The first free ‘café’ took place on September 14th and was led by the School of Life and Medical Sciences nematologist, Dr Keith Davies. Dr Davies’ talk – entitled ‘Art versus Science’ – delved into the differences and similarities between science and the arts, focusing on chemistry and C. P. Snow’s The Two Cultures. Discussion explored how, in the 21st century, science and art have moved onto multiple dimensions and what impact this has on us.
Future sessions will take place on November 9th, 19:00-21:00.
Anyone interested in more information or leading a future session can contact: HatfieldCafeSci@herts.ac.uk