Exeter Phoenix

About us...

Exeter Café Scientifique is a forum for promoting public engagement with science and making science accountable. It takes place in the bar at Exeter Phoenix at 8.30pm on the first Monday of each month, with a break in January and August. Meetings take place on the first Monday of every month.

The Exeter café has run for nine years, and most of that time was coordinated and programmed by Ginny Russell, a research fellow at the University of Exeter. Organisation of the café has now been taken over by a small committee drawn from the cafe audience, co-chaired by Professor Steve Hughes, a genomic scientist working at the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis), and Professor John Bryant, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter. Cliff Rush, a commercial molecular scientist, is the cafe secretary, Dominic Jinks, the University's Arts and Culture director, is the treasurer, and Herbert MacGregor is responsible for programming new talks. Programming is responsive to the demands of the audience, and specifically a steering group taken from members who are regular attendees. Ginny Russell continues to play a role in programming and publicity, and Graham Fereday is our web officer. Members of the committee and a rotating cast of volunteers also chair meetings.

If a speaker is a particular draw, the auditorium at the Phoenix is booked to accommodate extra demand. Previous speakers who have fallen into this category have included Lord Robert Winston, the well know broadcaster and writer Matt Ridley and the Nobel Prize winner Sir John Sulston. The Exeter Café promotes many local speakers from the University and the south west region with topics that have included those as diverse as optical illusions, MMR vaccines, quantum mechanics, food allergies, global warming, weather forecasting, obesity in children, star formation and stem cell science. A full list of previous events can be found here.

A distribution list has been developed via our networks and posters are distributed throughout Exeter and Devon and at meetings. If you would like to recieve posters for distribution please contact us.

About the Network....

Meetings have taken place in Cafés, bars, restaurants and even theatres throughout the UK and abroad. Listings for all UK and worldwide Cafés.