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Cafe Scientifique

Café Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues and promoting public engagement with science. Audiences consist of people who are interested in science but generally never have the opportunity to discuss their views with, and ask questions of, someone "in the know".

Meetings generally start with a short talk from the speaker, who is usually a scientist or a writer on science, followed by a short break for drinks. This is followed by a session of about an hour for questions and answers and general discussion. Cafés are free although a voluntary contribution may be asked for to cover any expenses. (It does not pay fees to a speaker).

Meetings take place once a month on the second Wednesday of each month, starting at 7.30pm.

Venue for Café Scientifique is the Conference Room at Hope Street Hotel.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, 9th April, 2014, 7.30pm

Place: The Conference Room, Hope Street Hotel

Title: The social world of flu?

Speaker:  Dr. Jonathan Read, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Liverpool

How does the flu really spread in between people? Are you more likely to catch it if you use public transport? Are you more likely to get infected if you have lots of friends? What can we do to protect ourselves or others? In this talk, Dr. Read will showcase the latest scientific research involved in trying to answer these and other questions. This work involves measuring real social networks and patterns of interactions between people, and attempting to link those networks to the risks of infection, both through mathematical modelling studies and direct observation of who gets sick.

Click here to go to the Cafe Scientifique website.

Please contact Michael Jackman,, if intending to attend as places may be limited.


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