In this paper, it will be presented the highlighted interests that the audience stated about the scientific and technologic topics of the CafÃ©s. Furthermore, this paper draws a line for us to plan the future sessions of the CafÃ© from an inclusive science approach in order to consolidate in Morelia as a PCST forum to share and impel a higher increase of scientific culture in society.">
In this paper, we will present the views of the audience in a CafÃ© Scientifique held in Morelia, Mexico. We estimated that 2,100 people have attended the CafÃ© in the first two years, we had carried out surveys among 489 people that have attended at least one session of the CafÃ©s in order to learn more about their interests on science and technology. We also carried out semi-structured interviews with 20 scientists that have participated in the CafÃ©s to learn about their own experiences as participants.
The cafÃ© communication started in Britain inspired by Marc Sautet who started this model in France in the nineties. Today there are more than 500 CafÃ©s around the world. According to Duncan Dallas (2014), in a CafÃ© Scientifique there is a topic but no further agenda. Its importance is to enjoy a relaxed conversation in a respectful and openness environment among scientists and citizens in other places different from university facilities or lecture rooms. In November 2013 the CafÃ© Scientifique started in Morelia, Mexico aiming to open a space for conversation about scientific topics. The venue of this CafÃ© is the Universidad Nacional AutÃ³noma de MÃ©xico Cultural Center.
Morelia is a colonial city with university tradition. There are two important public universities: Universidad Michoacana de San NicolÃ¡s de Hidalgo founded in 1917, and the campus of the Universidad Nacional AutÃ³noma de MÃ©xico founded in 1996.
MichoacÃ¡n state has promoted a tradition in the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) due to the impulse of a wide variety of activities such as conferences, exhibitions, workshops, and outreach activities. Nevertheless, there have not been registered experiences with Scientific CafÃ©s before. The CafÃ© that we present in this paper has been due every Tuesday of every month for 2 years uninterruptedly at the Cultural Center located at the heart of MoreliaÂ´s downtown. We invite public to attend each session through several massive communication means, such as flyers, newspapers, radio and emailing. There have been given 22 CafÃ©s sessions up to now, in which more than 30 researchers working in both Universities have participated, leading the conversations. This paper represents a first analysis and evaluation on our two years experience at the CafÃ©.
The session which drawn more attention was "QuÃmica cuÃ¡ntica y selecciÃ³n sexual" (Quantic Chemistry and Sexual Selection), with a recorded attendance of 120 people. On the other hand, the CafÃ© which had the lowest attendance was "Cometas, cronistas del sistema solar" (Comets, Chroniclers of the Solar System), with a recorded attendance of 10 people. It was our very first session of the CafÃ©.
In this paper, it will be presented the highlighted interests that the audience stated about the scientific and technologic topics of the CafÃ©s. Furthermore, this paper draws a line for us to plan the future sessions of the CafÃ© from an inclusive science approach in order to consolidate in Morelia as a PCST forum to share and impel a higher increase of scientific culture in society.
A copy of the full paper has not yet been submitted.