Survey results from Chocolate and the neurobiology of depression

During the last CafeSci event on the 5th of December 2016 there were questionnaires waiting to be filled by the audience. This is part of our attempts to get to know more about the most important person of the event – the attendee. We did our best to keep the questionnaire short but useful. Without further ado, let’s move on to the results.


About 60 people attended the event of which 48 made the effort to fill in the questionnaire so we will focus on these 48 individuals.

People attended Chocolate and the neurobiology of depression


















About a third of the people who filled in the questionnaire were newcomers. What is really important to us, out of 31 people not subscribed to our newsletter, 24 decided to opt in and will now be receiving updates on our future events – this is a 77% conversion rate!


We were curious about what portion of the audience works in science and what their highest education level is.

Chocolate and the neurobiology of depression - breakdown by occupation


















This information allows us to fine tune our future events in order to cater for both people who have interest in science and those who are scientists themselves.


The lecturer and the event as a whole received very positive ratings (as shown on the charts below). However, we had some technical issues with sound and light. Those have since then been taken care of and you will notice the difference on our next event in January.

Chocolate and the neurobiology of depression - ratings


















We are really happy that the event received such a good rating and especially with the way people rated the lecturer Dr. Ciara McCabe.

Geographic breakdown

The majority of the people who attended the event are from Reading (43) but we also had guests from Oxford, Kingston upon Thames, Henley on Thames (one person each) and a couple of people from Guildford.

Closing remarks

We are very grateful to all 48 people who filled in the questionnaire – this allowed us to get a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t. As a result we’ve identified several aspects in which we can (and will!) improve. Needless to say, the information presented here is a fraction of what we’ve learned and we intend to continue optimising the questions and sharing more of our findings.

We look forward to welcoming you to our next event on Wednesday the 11th of January 2017 when Dr Simon Boxall will talk about “Flotsam, Jetsam and the Beach Picnic – how they all contribute to polluting over 71% of our planet”

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