This paper will describe the benefits of the development of Café Scientifique Manchester as part of a worldwide movement. Café Scientifique is an informal discussion forum giving people the opportunity to gather in bars and cafés all over the world to discuss the great topics in science. The format allows individuals with a curiosity about science research to meet other people over a meal. The watchwords are informality and democracy: the professional scientist describes the issues which stimulate research in their discipline, and the predominantly amateur audience are considered as equals.
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