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Welcome to the British Science Association Reading Branch!

Our branch is based in Reading, where we organise events across the Berkshire region. We run monthly Cafe Scientifique events in Reading and sponsor the Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique. As well as the popular Reading Café Scientifique series, the Reading Branch also organises other events throughout the year. Each year the branch co-ordinates the programme for Reading Science Week which is part of British Science Week and runs in March.

Upcoming Events

Jan
19
Sat
7:00 pm After Dark: The Rocky Planets @ Winchester Science Centre
After Dark: The Rocky Planets @ Winchester Science Centre
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A chance for adults to enjoy a child-free exploration of the hands-on exhibition floors and bespoke show in the planetarium. An evening where adults are able explore their own curiosity... Read more »
7:00 pm William Henry Smyth @ St. Peter’s Church Hall, Earley.
William Henry Smyth @ St. Peter’s Church Hall, Earley.
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rob Peeling will be presenting about William Henry Smyth for the Reading Astronomical Society. At the age of 14 he ran away from home to join a merchant ship. Admiral William... Read more »
Jan
28
Mon
7:30 pm The state of the world’s forests... @ The Tea Bar
The state of the world’s forests... @ The Tea Bar
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Loraiza Davies presents The state of the world’s forests and main deforestation drivers to the Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique The speaker for the January 2019 meeting of Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique at The... Read more »
Jan
29
Tue
6:30 pm Reading Sci Comm Social- January... @ Oakford social club
Reading Sci Comm Social- January... @ Oakford social club
Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Work in science communication (public engagement professionals, research communicator, event managers, STEM ambassadors, freelancer science communicators, science comedians, science clowns and anyone else who is engaging the public with science)?... Read more »
7:45 pm Neonicotinoids and bees @ Pangbourne Village Hall
Neonicotinoids and bees @ Pangbourne Village Hall
Jan 29 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm
Dr Ben Woodcock (CEH) will be presenting  Neonicotinoids and bees This talk will discuss the impacts and implications of the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on both wild and honey bees... Read more »
Jan
31
Thu
6:00 pm Reading 2050 Public Lecture seri... @ Room G01, Building LO22, London Road Campus
Reading 2050 Public Lecture seri... @ Room G01, Building LO22, London Road Campus
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Reading 2050 Public Lecture series: Reading’s Climate Change Strategy The Reading 2050 lecture series is a platform of discussion around the work of the Reading 2050 group established in 2013 by the School of the... Read more »
Feb
2
Sat
10:30 am Nature Walk: Reading Trees in Wi... @ Reading Minster of St Mary
Nature Walk: Reading Trees in Wi... @ Reading Minster of St Mary
Feb 2 @ 10:30 am
Nature Walks We run an series of outdoor events throughout the year, though summer is the main season. These events are usually around the Reading area but also include an... Read more »
11:00 am Understanding the Weather of 2018 @ Meadow Suite, University of Reading
Understanding the Weather of 2018 @ Meadow Suite, University of Reading
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Understanding the Weather of 2018 day event for the Royal Meteorological Society. Weather-wise 2018 was a globally memorable year. The tropics saw examples of record intensity tropical cyclones including the... Read more »
Feb
4
Mon
7:15 pm The Origin of the First Supermas... @ Winchester Discovery Centre
The Origin of the First Supermas... @ Winchester Discovery Centre
Feb 4 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm
Dr Dan Whalen presents “The Origin of the First Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe” for the Winchester Cafe Scientiqiue Most massive galaxies in the universe today harbor supermassive black holes... Read more »
7:45 pm Geological Storage of Radioactiv... @ Sorby Room, Wager Building
Geological Storage of Radioactiv... @ Sorby Room, Wager Building
Feb 4 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm
Prof John Cosgrove from Imperial College will be discussing the “Geological Storage of Radioactive Waste” for the Reading Geological Society More information can be found at the Reading Geological Society... Read more »