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Talks start at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of every month at Cornerstone, Didcot.

There is no need to book - just turn up! However, please be aware - should visitor numbers exceed the capacity of the venue, some people may be denied entry, therefore, do come early to get a good seat!

Each month we have a different speaker, and would welcome your ideas for topics or speakers.  The events are aimed at an audience aged 16+.

Whilst the event is free, we do ask for a voluntary donation to cover the cost of hiring the sound amplification that is required now our numbers have grown.  Donations will not be regulated - we're well aware that some will be able to pay, some will wish to overpay at some meetings and ignore the pot at others, and some may find it difficult to contribute in this way. 

Didcot First has been organising the Didcot Café Scientifique since 2010.  It is important to us because we have some really ground breaking and earth shattering science happening all around us: at Harwell, Rutherford, Culham, Milton Park, etc. and we want to help connect local people (scientists and complete novices) with what is happening in these places.

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  • Stopping bad guys with lasers & other useful applications of Raman spectroscopy

    Stopping bad guys with lasers & other useful applications of Raman spectroscopy

    16th February 2016

    Local company Cobalt Light Systems is using novel laser-based spectroscopy techniques to see through barriers and identify chemicals within containers.  Applications are airport security, manufacturing raw material check, bomb disposal, and in-vivo cancer detection.  Stuart Bonthron, Vice President of Product Development at Cobalt, will be bringing some devices to Café Scientifique to demonstrate their capabilities in an interactive talk. ...

  • Café Scientifique - Nuclear Issues

    Café Scientifique - Nuclear Issues

    19th January 2016

    Nuclear Issues by Ian Adsley Ian has very recently retired from his role as Senior Consultant at Nuvia.  This will be his third and final talk about aspects of nuclear issues.  The first talk covered the good (medical radiotherapy and diagnostics), the bad (nuclear weapons) and the...

  • Café Scientifique - Christmas Special

    Café Scientifique - Christmas Special

    15th December 2015

    Café Scientifique - Christmas Special In December 2010 Dr Barry Kellett, from STFC, came to give us a talk about the 'real' astronomy behind the biblical Star of Bethlehem.  So many people enjoyed that particular session that it has gone down in Café Scientifique history, causing those that...

  • Café Scientifique, Culham - where we have come from and where we are going

    Café Scientifique, Culham - where we have come from and where we are going

    17th November 2015

    Culham - where we have come from and where we are going  Chris Warrick is the Communications Manager at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), where he has particular responsibility for education and public outreach.  Steven Moss is currently Head of...

  • Café Scientifique - Breeding crops for the future and why we need to...

    Café Scientifique - Breeding crops for the future and why we need to...

    20th October 2015

    Jane Langdale is a Professor of Plant Development at the University of Oxford.  Her research focuses on understanding the genetic mechanisms that regulate how leaves develop, and on understanding how those mechanisms evolved.  As part of an international consortium funded by the Bill...

  • Café Scientifique - Reflections and Revolutions: A Science Film Night

    15th September 2015

    Come join the Nuffield Dept. of Medicine & Diamond Light Source for a film festival celebrating the development of X-ray crystallography and structural biology.  Oxfordshire researchers have had key roles in the development of these critical research fields, and continue to lead today. A...

  • Café Scientifique - How we rely on nature, and nature relies on us

    21st July 2015

    Dr Michael Pocock is an ecologist working at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in Crowmarsh Gifford, near Wallingford. Much of his research relies on thousands of people across the country getting involved to help answer questions about how wildlife is changing in the UK.  Based on the...

  • Café Scientifique - The Little Neutral One...Seeing the Universe in a new 'light'

    16th June 2015

    The Little Neutral One...Seeing the Universe in a new 'light' news article  by Dr Barry Kellett Dr Barry Kellett, a space scientist and astronomer from Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, came to talk to us last summer about the largest 'telescope' in the world. Now he is back to talk...

  • Café Scientifique - Innovate in UK & Make in UK

    19th May 2015

    Tuesday 19th May:  Innovate in UK & Make in UK Our speaker, Ian MacAfee, is CEO of Oxsensis Ltd.  He has an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA and is a Fellow of the IMechE.  Ian spent most of his career in the turbomachinery and energy sectors with...

  • Café Scientifique - Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

    21st April 2015

    In a special Café Scientifique in association with the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), this month we will be moving into the Auditorium. CCFE's Director Professor Steve Cowley will be giving a talk about the research underway at CCFE into a new source of energy - nuclear fusion. ...

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