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 been in existence for more than a decade and for most of that time was coordinated and programmed by Ginny Russell, a research fellow at the University of Exeter. The organisation of the café has now been taken over by a small group drawn from the cafe audience, co-chaired by Professor Steve Hughes, a retired scientist formerly 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, together with David Peddar an OU student, and  Dominic Jinks, the University's Arts and Culture director, is the treasurer,. Programming is responsive to the demands of the audience, and specifically a steering group taken from members who are regular attendees. Graham Fereday is our web officer. Members of the committee and a rotating cast of volunteers also chair meetings and all participants are welcome to join the organizing group.

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.

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.