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Talks start at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of every month at Cornerstone, Didcot.

There is no need to book - just turn up! However, please be aware - should visitor numbers exceed the capacity of the venue, some people may be denied entry, therefore, do come early to get a good seat!

Each month we have a different speaker, and would welcome your ideas for topics or speakers.  The events are aimed at an audience aged 16+.

Whilst the event is free, we do ask for a voluntary donation to cover the cost of hiring the sound amplification that is required now our numbers have grown.  Donations will not be regulated - we're well aware that some will be able to pay, some will wish to overpay at some meetings and ignore the pot at others, and some may find it difficult to contribute in this way. 

Didcot First has been organising the Didcot Café Scientifique since 2010.  It is important to us because we have some really ground breaking and earth shattering science happening all around us: at Harwell, Rutherford, Culham, Milton Park, etc. and we want to help connect local people (scientists and complete novices) with what is happening in these places.

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  • Cafe Scientifique - Batteries and Self Drive Cars

    18th September 2018

    Cafe Scientifique - Batteries and Self Drive Cars news article Details to follow ...

  • Cafe Scientifique - Summer Break

    21st August 2018

    Cafe Scientifique - Summer Break news article ...

  • Cafe Scientifique - The Sun up close: solar probes to unravel its mysteries

    Cafe Scientifique - The Sun up close: solar probes to unravel its mysteries

    17th July 2018

    The Sun is a magnetically active star that displays many exciting phenomena, particularly when observed from space in the invisible wavelengths of Extreme Ultraviolet and X-rays: active regions, flares, huge mass eruptions, stealth solar wind. Soon, two new spacecraft, Solar Orbiter and Parker...

  • Cafe Scientifique - Engineering challenges presented by fusion

    Cafe Scientifique - Engineering challenges presented by fusion

    19th June 2018

    Engineering Challenges presented by fusion The design of a fusion power plant presents many engineering challenges, many of them unique and requiring unusual engineering solutions. Designing a reactor vessel that can cope with the combination of high thermal and irradiation power loads...

  • Cafe Scientifique - The iPhone and how we got here

    Cafe Scientifique - The iPhone and how we got here

    15th May 2018

    The iPhone and how we got here It has changed our lives. It has changed the way we interact with other people, the way we obtain information, the way we amuse ourselves and the way we work. It is on course to become the most popular invention since the wheel and the match. And this worldwide...

  • Cafe Scientifique - Your Immune System is the best friend you will ever have

    Cafe Scientifique - Your Immune System is the best friend you will ever have

    17th April 2018

    Forget your dog, your parents, and your partner; your immune system is the best friend you will ever have. Thanks to this collection of organs and processes, our bodies really are a fortress. We may still get sick, but we successfully fight off millions of microbes and viruses every day. Yup, our...

  • Cafe Scientifique - Printing the Future: a talk by the students and staff from UTC Oxfordshire

    Cafe Scientifique - Printing the Future: a talk by the students and staff from UTC Oxfordshire

    20th March 2018

    Printing the Future - a talk by the students and staff from UTC Oxfordshire 3D Printing is giving ordinary people the chance to make extraordinary things. Come and see what the students at UTC Oxfordshire make when given free rein on the latest technology; from bearings to epicyclic gears, space...

  • Cafe Scientifique - An overview of drug discovery and drug design

    Cafe Scientifique - An overview of drug discovery and drug design

    20th February 2018

    Drug discovery is the process by which new medicines are identified to treat specific diseases or indications that have an unmet clinical need. In order to provide a safe and effective treatment for patients a significant financial and time investment is required, with the typical development time...

  • Cafe Scientifique - History of Satellite Meteorology by David Pick

    Cafe Scientifique - History of Satellite Meteorology by David Pick

    16th January 2018

    The practical demonstration of the capabilities of routinely measuring temperature, humidity and composition of the earth’s atmosphere started in 1964 with the launch of the NIMBUS series of Spacecraft by NASA. The technique relies on the ability to measure accurately the outgoing radiation from...

  • Cafe Scientifique-The European Space Agency’s Gaia mission

    Cafe Scientifique-The European Space Agency’s Gaia mission

    19th December 2017

    Gaia is an ambitious mission by the European Space Agency to make a three-dimensional map of our Galaxy, the Milky Way. Gaia is measuring the positions and motions of over a billion stars with unprecedented (and almost unbelievable) accuracy, to the extent that it is necessary to account for the...

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