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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.

Free on Wednesday 24 October? Join our Future Debates event:
Should you share your DNA?

Upcoming Events

Oct
19
Fri
7:00 pm How the Universe will end? @ Pickavance Lecture Theatre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot
How the Universe will end? @ Pickavance Lecture Theatre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Professor Brad Gibson from the University of Hull will be presenting “How the Universe will End” at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. One of the most exciting questions in all of... Read more »
7:30 pm Free Radicals – Rose Turner @ Smokin Billy's
Free Radicals – Rose Turner @ Smokin Billy's
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm
Free Radicals - Rose Turner @ Smokin Billy's | England | United Kingdom
The Free Radicals are a troupe of improvised comedy players based in Reading, UK They return with a new season of improvised comedy science – Schrödinger’s Hat, the show that... Read more »
Oct
20
Sat
7:00 pm A window through the Universe @ St. Peter’s Church Hall, Earley.
A window through the Universe @ St. Peter’s Church Hall, Earley.
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Peter Bull from FRAS will be presenting A Window through the Universe for the Reading Astronomical Society. Peter’s presentation A Window Through The Universe is a purely scientific resume of... Read more »
7:00 pm After Dark: Researching potentia... @ Winchester Science Centre
After Dark: Researching potentia... @ Winchester Science Centre
Oct 20 @ 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 »
Oct
24
Wed
7:30 pm Should you share your DNA data? @ Reading Quaker (Friends) Meeting House
Should you share your DNA data? @ Reading Quaker (Friends) Meeting House
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Should you share your DNA data? @ Reading Quaker (Friends) Meeting House   | England | United Kingdom
    What are the benefits and risks of a medical system that uses genomic data. How should it be stored and who should have access? Should everyone’s DNA be... Read more »
Oct
29
Mon
6:00 pm Reading Sci Comm Social @ The Three Guineas
Reading Sci Comm Social @ The Three Guineas
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 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 »
6:30 pm The orchid hunter: A summer in s... @ University of Reading, Lecture Theatre, Harborne building, Whiteknights campus
The orchid hunter: A summer in s... @ University of Reading, Lecture Theatre, Harborne building, Whiteknights campus
Oct 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The orchid hunter: A summer in search of our tresses and twayblades A Friends of the Harris Garden Evening talk from Leif Bersweden Leif Bersweden spent the summer of his gap... Read more »
Nov
5
Mon
7:15 pm What lurks beneath our feet? @ Winchester Discovery Centre
What lurks beneath our feet? @ Winchester Discovery Centre
Nov 5 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm
Dr Matt Himsworth presents “What lurks beneath our feet?” for the Winchester Cafe Scientiqiue Are there secret tunnels, diamond reserves or even a sinkhole ready to gobble us up? Surprisingly we... Read more »
7:45 pm Volcanoes: encounters through th... @ Sorby Room, Wager Building
Volcanoes: encounters through th... @ Sorby Room, Wager Building
Nov 5 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm
Prof David Pyle, University of Oxford, will be presenting Volcanoes: encounters through the ages for the Reading Geological Society Professor David Pyle has curated an exhibition and written a book... Read more »
Nov
6
Tue
7:45 pm Neonicotinoids and bees @ Pangbourne Village Hall
Neonicotinoids and bees @ Pangbourne Village Hall
Nov 6 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm
Dr Ben Woodcock from CEH will be talking at the Reading and District Natural History Society. His talk will discuss the impacts and implications of the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on... Read more »