“Welcome. Relax, take a coffee or a beer. The discussion will start in a moment, but don’t be too impatient. We are here to explore, discover and enjoy science and technology”.
A science café is a discussion about some topic in science and technology as scientists do. This does not mean drawing formulas on napkins, but discussing with experts all on the same ground, where the public, and not the experts, are at home.
The purpose of the science café is to demythologize science communication, remove it from the cathedra and bring it into everyday life. Very often, we think of the scientific community as a one-way flow of information, from experts to ordinary people who simply have to absorb some concept. It is true that much of the technical knowledge necessary to make an informed decision is not every one’s heritage, and that we often need specific skills to understand advanced topics, but it is also true that the scientific method requires the discussion on equal level, without exceptions. Thus, the concept of science café has more to do with participation than simply science.
A science café is not a conference, experts introduce themselves and the theme of the discussion, but this part is limited to a minimum. The engine of the meeting are always the questions, actions and discussions of the public, muffled-animated by a moderator.
We represent two cultural associations (Caffé-Scienza Firenze and Formascienza Roma) that organize such events, see www.caffescienza.it, www.formascienza.org.
The associations which are participating are the Association of Florence through the CSDC, Interdepartmental Centre for the Study of Complex Dynamics, University of Florence, in the European Project titled “Scicafé”.
We propose to organize a demonstration of how a Science café works by setting up a typical event.
The components of the event are:
two expert - they should complement as expertise,
one moderator - a scientific journalist who animates or dampens the discussion,
the audience - the participants at the congress.
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Science is ready, serve it! Dissemination of science through science cafe

Giovanna Pacini   CSDC, Center for the Study of Complex Dynamics, University of Florence and Associazione Culturale “Caffé Scienza Firenze”

Franco Bagnoli   CSDC, Center for the Study of Complex Dynamics, University of Florence and Associazione Culturale “Caffé Scienza Firenze”

Tommaso Castellani   Associazione Culturale “FormaScienza Roma”

Cinzia Belmonte   Associazione Culturale “FormaScienza Roma”

Emiliano Ricci   Associazione Culturale “Caffé Scienza Firenze”

“Welcome. Relax, take a coffee or a beer. The discussion will start in a moment, but don’t be too impatient. We are here to explore, discover and enjoy science and technology”.
A science café is a discussion about some topic in science and technology as scientists do. This does not mean drawing formulas on napkins, but discussing with experts all on the same ground, where the public, and not the experts, are at home.
The purpose of the science café is to demythologize science communication, remove it from the cathedra and bring it into everyday life. Very often, we think of the scientific community as a one-way flow of information, from experts to ordinary people who simply have to absorb some concept. It is true that much of the technical knowledge necessary to make an informed decision is not every one’s heritage, and that we often need specific skills to understand advanced topics, but it is also true that the scientific method requires the discussion on equal level, without exceptions. Thus, the concept of science café has more to do with participation than simply science.
A science café is not a conference, experts introduce themselves and the theme of the discussion, but this part is limited to a minimum. The engine of the meeting are always the questions, actions and discussions of the public, muffled-animated by a moderator.
We represent two cultural associations (Caffé-Scienza Firenze and Formascienza Roma) that organize such events, see www.caffescienza.it, www.formascienza.org.
The associations which are participating are the Association of Florence through the CSDC, Interdepartmental Centre for the Study of Complex Dynamics, University of Florence, in the European Project titled “Scicafé”.
We propose to organize a demonstration of how a Science café works by setting up a typical event.
The components of the event are:
two expert - they should complement as expertise,
one moderator - a scientific journalist who animates or dampens the discussion,
the audience - the participants at the congress.

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