Cafe Scientifique

Ccafe sci logoafé Scientifique is a public science engagement initiative running across more than 80 towns in the UK. It’s a place where, for   the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.

The Reading Branch of the British Science Association is proud to host Reading Cafe Scientifique events in central Reading each month where you can come and discuss anything from antibiotic resistance to particle physics. Everyone who wants to is welcome to ask a question or make a comment. You don’t need to be a scientist to enjoy the evening – just come with an open and enquiring mind.

Our branch also proudly sponsors the Basingstoke Cafe Scientifique. For upcoming events visit their site.


We’re back on Wednesday 6 September 2017!

Visit our events page for more details on the exciting talks we have coming up!

Wednesday 6th September

Prof Joseph Conlon presents “String Theory: Then and Now”

Wednesday 4th October

Dr John Parrington presents “Redesigning Life: How Genome Editing Will Transform the World”

Wednesday 8th November

Dr Stephen Lecomber presents “Maths, Murder and Malaria”

Wednesday 13th December

Dr Eva Feredoes presents “Stimulating thoughts: using magnets and electricity to explore how our brains work”

Where is Cafe Scientifique held?

Reading Café Scientifique events take place at Smokin’ Billy’s:

61 St. Mary’s Butts, Reading, RG1 2LG.

They’re scheduled on the first working Wednesday of the month throughout the year and start at 7.30pm. During March the Cafe Sci event coincides with British Science Week, which is normally around the 14th. We take a break in August.

There is no entry fee and all ages are welcome.

Smokey Billy’s offer a 20% discount on food ordered before 7pm on Cafe Scientifique nights.