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.

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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Feb 19, 2019
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Mar 19, 2019
Date to be confirmed The Evolving Universe This Cafe Scientifique examines our current view of the nature of the physical Universe, and the evolutionary process that enabled it to emerge from the hot, dense conditions of the Big Bang. The speaker, Professor Emeritus Robert Lambourne, directs the public programme in physical science for the Oxford […]
Apr 16, 2019

Past Events

  • **Unfortunately the talk by Professor Robert Lambourne scheduled for Tuesday 15th January has been postponed and will be rearranged for a future date**   Dr Geof Haigh, Technical Consultant – FiMoS Ltd Ever complained about poor mobile coverage? Ever got irritated when your mobile call drops? Ever been frustrated by slow mobile download speeds? This

  • The talk is a light hearted look at some aspects of physics linked to the life of the atomic and quantum physicist Niels Bohr. Ian Adsley was a student at Manchester and Cambridge Universities. Most of his career was spent in R&D with the Coal and Nuclear Industries – during which he won two Queen’s

  • Tuesday 27th November 2018* An introduction to fungi and their beneficial use in food, medicine and decision-making, as well as their detrimental impacts as pathogens of plants, animals and people. Then focusing on Aspergillus fumigatus, a decomposer and opportunistic human pathogen, and how the air sampling citizen science project #ScienceSolstice has been used to collect

  • SpecialEffect is an Oxfordshire-based charity that puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games and access other forms of leisure technology. By using solutions ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, they create personalised set-ups that enable people to actively take-part to the very

  • With concerns in our towns and cities about air quality, as well as the increasing threat of climate change – the shift away from diesel and petrol towards electric vehicles has started. Are they more environmentally friendly? Can our electricity system cope?  Find out the latest developments, and perhaps consider whether you are ready to

  • The Sun is a magnetically active star that displays many exciting phenomena, particularly when observed from space in the invisible wavelengths of Extreme Ultraviolet and X-rays: active regions, flares, huge mass eruptions, stealth solar wind. Soon, two new spacecraft, Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe, will be sent into unique orbits, getting closer to the

  • The design of a fusion power plant presents many engineering challenges, many of them unique and requiring unusual engineering solutions. Designing a reactor vessel that can cope with the combination of high thermal and irradiation power loads without cracking or melting requires the use materials not normally used for building engineering structures. In addition these

  • The iPhone and how we got here It has changed our lives. It has changed the way we interact with other people, the way we obtain information, the way we amuse ourselves and the way we work. It is on course to become the most popular invention since the wheel and the match. And this