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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-The evolution of radioactive waste management in the UK

    Cafe Scientifique-The evolution of radioactive waste management in the UK

    18th July 2017

    Radioactive waste has been generated from commercial nuclear reactors since the opening of Calder Hall in 1956. This talk will present a pictorial journey through the evolution of waste management practices in the UK to the present day including sea dumping, surface storage and the quest for a national Geological Disposal Facility. Dr Chris Wilding, Chartered Physicist has over 30 years experience in radioactive waste management, decommissioning operations and strategic assessments. Chris has developed a range of radioactive waste treatment processes and plant, including cementation and liquid effluent treatment. Chris also has experience in deriving wasteform specifications and waste acceptance criteria. He has extensive Central and Eastern European experience including decontamination of the A1 fuel pond at Bohunice, working on the SIP contained water management plan for the Shelter Object at Chernobyl. Chris Wilding is a co-author of several IAEA technical documents. ...

  • Cafe Scientifique-Origami and Its Engineering Applications

    Cafe Scientifique-Origami and Its Engineering Applications

    20th June 2017

    A Talk by Professor Zong Yhou, Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University. In recent decades origami folding, a traditional art form of paper folding, has been of increasing interest to engineers. It has been found that the formation of origami structures and the shape change capability...

  • Café Scientifique - Radiotherapy-cutting edge or out of date?

    Café Scientifique - Radiotherapy-cutting edge or out of date?

    16th May 2017

    A talk by Dr Martin Christlieb, Department of Oncology, University of Oxford. Radiotherapy has been in use for over 100 years, yet it is still a workhorse of cancer medicine. How does it work? Why is it still in use? And will we still be using it in 20 years? During May's Cafe Sci we will...

  • Café Scientifique - What the Frac...?!

    Café Scientifique - What the Frac...?!

    18th April 2017

    Café Scientifique - 'What the Frac...?!' a talk by Alun Griffin, a Petroleum Engineer Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a hot topic, especially with Government approval of Cuadrilla's plans for fracking at a site in Lancashire last October.  But what exactly does fracking involve?  ...

  • Café Scientifique - Felt tip fairies and grease monkeys - the curse of professional stereotyping

    Café Scientifique - Felt tip fairies and grease monkeys - the curse of professional stereotyping

    21st March 2017

    Café Scientifique - Felt tip fairies and grease monkeys - the curse of professional stereotyping. by Mike Ayre from Crucible Design at University Technology College (UTC) Oxfordshire Didcot First and UTC Oxfordshire are once again joining forces to arrange an exciting Café Scientifique talk at...

  • Café Scientifique - It is Rocket Science!

    Café Scientifique - It is Rocket Science!

    21st February 2017

    Café Scientifique - 'It is Rocket Science! A look at the challenges and technologies of satellites and space'We are delighted to announce that Mike Lawton, CEO of Oxford Space Systems is coming to talk at our next Café Scientifique. On earth, many engineering tasks are relatively straightforward...

  • Café Scientifique - Diamond Light Source - harnessing the power of 10 billion suns

    Café Scientifique - Diamond Light Source - harnessing the power of 10 billion suns

    17th January 2017

    Diamond Light Source - harnessing the power of 10 billion suns by Professor Andrew Harrison When Diamond Light Source was switched on in 2007, it produced the brightest continuous source of light in the solar system.  This talk by CEO of Diamond, will illustrate how that light is sued by over...

  • Café Scientifique - Petrophysics, the technology & science involved in interpreting borehole data

    Café Scientifique - Petrophysics, the technology & science involved in interpreting borehole data

    20th December 2016

    Petrophysics, the technology & science involved in interpreting borehole data Join us for a talk from Andy Stocks, an independent Petrophysicist on a very specialised discipline.  Andy will explain how from the data gathered he can interpret the type of rock, its storage capacity...

  • Café Scientifique - The Science, Ethics and Challenges of IVF in 2016

    Café Scientifique - The Science, Ethics and Challenges of IVF in 2016

    15th November 2016

    The Science, Ethics and Challenges of IVF in 2016 Tim Child, Associate Professor in Reproductive Medicine at the University of Oxford, and Medical Director of Oxford Fertility, will talk us through some current challenges in Assisted Conception. These include the debate over NHS funding for...

  • Café Scientifique - Personalised Medicine - The future of cancer therapy?

    Café Scientifique - Personalised Medicine - The future of cancer therapy?

    18th October 2016

    Café Scientifique - Personalised Medicine - The future of cancer therapy? Nikki Hayward, a Senior Nurse for Cancer Research UK, will explain what is meant by the term 'personalised medicine' exploring the aims of treatment, and the main differences between standard and personalised therapy. ...

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