Founder, Linda D. Williams, M.S., is the best-selling author of over two dozen books on science & technology including, Chemistry Demystified, 2nd ed., Careers in Forensics, 5 Steps to a 5: AP Environmental Science and Nanotechnology Demystified. A former biomedical researcher at NASA-Johnson Space Center and Rice University, Houston, TX, Williams established the Little Rock Science Café in the spring of 2007. The result has been outstanding with monthly (4th Tuesday) events bringing standing room only crowds. For science news and updates, link up on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
For even more science, check out Linda’s blog (williams-science.blogspot.com).
The first science cafés (Café Scientifique) were started in Europe in the early 1990’s. The intent was to offer a relaxed public forum for the exchange of ideas (over coffee, beer, and food) in a friendly setting where anyone could come and sharpen their knowledge of the modern sciences. It was also a place where people could ask questions about the relevance, risk, and ethical concerns relating to a topic.
Today, there are science cafés around the world. Cafés, pubs and restaurants serve as venues for scientists and other experts to give short public presentations on specific topics followed by Q&A and open discussion.
Science Café events host 2-3 panelists who address a monthly topic as it relates to his/her experience and expertise. After each speakers’ brief (10-15 minute) talk, the audience asks questions and discusses the topic.
The moderator, Dorothy Graves, Ph.D., fills in the gaps and facilitates questions. As a Mass Media Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dorothy has always had a passion for science and communication. She is a former anchor/reporter for NPR-affiliates KUAR FM89 (Little Rock), KUAF 91.3FM (Fayetteville) and WOSUAM 820 (Columbus, OH) and is the Associate Director of Administration for the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She hosts the companion “Science Café Little Rock” live radio call-in show on KUAR FM89 just prior (6:05 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) to each café event.
The Science Café provides an opportunity for an interesting night out, a chance to meet new people, learn new things, and discuss current scientific research/applications in plain English. Join Us!