We are back this month for some fantastic science, given by fantastic science speakers. We are also adding a brand new feature to science cafe of a fun half-time quiz, with a prize!

Our speakers and talks this month are:

Cancer: Are Stem Cells the Bad Guys? – Dr Liliana Ordonez

Measuring the Universe – Dr Elizabeth Pearson

The event begins at 18:30 at Porters Bar and will go on until around 20:00, but with time to hang out and chat afterwards.

You can check us out and get more information on our *NEW* Facebook page ( and on twitter (@SciCafeCardiff).

See you all on the 10th of March

Science Cafe Poster March

Cardiff Science Cafe is rebooting…

We have a new core team who are looking to take the Cafe forward in a new and exciting direction. We’ve got a few Cafes in the pipeline but would like to find out if we’re on the right track. To help us with this we’d be grateful if you could answer some or all of the questions below. We will do our absolute best to be guided by the responses we receive but as we rely on free venues and the goodwill of our speakers (we have no budget or resources) some things may not end up under our direct control. Rest assured all responses are valuable in helping us to develop and deliver Cardiff Science Cafe.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing you at a future Cafe.

Click HERE to fill in our form.

Science Cafe takes a break

Apologies that we haven’t posted for a while. As you may be aware, the Science Cafe has been struggling with a lack of committee members for some time now. Because of this we have made the decision to give the Cafe a break for the rest of this academic year.

We’re very sorry that we’re not able to continue with the Cafe at the moment but having lost a number of committee members over the last couple of years the organisation of events has become unsustainable for the remaining members. A call for new committee members late last year did result in some interest but unfortunately not enough to cover the number of roles which needed to be filled.

If new committee members can be found then the team would be keen to discuss ways in which the Cafe could be restarted for the next academic year. If you’re interested in joining the committee, or have any suggestions for the running of the Cafe, please contact us at

Best wishes
Science Café Cardiff Committee

Next Science Cafe – 5th November

‘Antibiotic Resistance: Past, Present and Future’,

The next Cardiff Science Cafe will be given by Dr Sarah Maddocks, Lecturer in Microbiology, Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Resistance emerged a matter of years after the introduction of penicillin and continues until the present day. Many factors drive resistance but it can be curbed. What is the outlook if new antibiotics are not discovered or produced?

This event is free and open to all: no need to book just turn up on the night.

This event will be preceeded by the first regional heat of the national science communication competition, FameLab 2014. Contestants have just 3 minutes to explain a science concept in as informative, engaging, and entertaining way as possible.

Free to attend: no booking

Science Cafe is back on 1st October, 7pm

Here are all the details of the first Science Cafe of the year – we hope to see you there.

Science Café: Cryptography linked to Sudoku
Dr Sian Jones, Technocamps
st October 7.30pm, The Gate Arts Centre, Roath, CF24 3JW
Sudoku is a popular puzzle found in newspapers and puzzle books. The aim of the puzzle is to replace the missing numbers in the grid so that each number appears in every row, column and mini-grid. Sudoku puzzles are interesting to mathematicians because of their structure, and it is believed that there might be many applications of Sudoku type puzzles. One such application is in the field of Cryptography. This talk will show you a method of how we can use Sudoku puzzles to encrypt messages so that they can be sent secretly.
Free to attend; no booking required

Science Cafe needs you!

To ensure that Cardiff Science Cafe can continue in 2014 we are looking for new volunteers to join the coordinating team. There are a number of roles available for those with a passion for science and science communication and all the details are below – please have a read and get in touch if you have any questions or want to get involved!

The Science Café coordinating team are looking for new members to fill a variety of roles within the team. Science Café is a long-standing engagement with science project where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

The coordinating team are now looking for new members to join the team and support the ongoing running and future development of the café. A number of potential roles exist, including but not limited to:

– a Chair position, to lead the coordinating team and drive the programme forward
– website maintenance and social media marketing
– filming and editing talks together
– hosting the Science Café events
– programme planning and speaker liaison

An enthusiasm for exploring scientific ideas and concepts is essential, as well as availability on the first Tuesday of the month to attend Science Cafés. New team members will join the current coordinating team in running the Café, which is supported by both the British Science Association and Cardiff University.

Please send us a brief e-mail telling us a little bit about yourself, your research and your experience of outreach activities or science communication to by 31st October 2013.