Science Café events are modeled after “Café Scientifique” where events are usually held at casual settings and science is discussed at friendly and traditionally non-academic contexts like cafés, bars and theatres. Café Scientifique aims to make science more assessible to the public and to help scientists communicate more effectively about their work.
Science Café topics can range from medicine, zoology, botany and ethics to physics and chemistry. Events are usually free, open to the public and held monthly or bimonthly. At each event, an invited scientist speaks in laymen’s terms about their work or a current controversial area, then the session is opened up for discussion and an exchange of ideas.
On 26th October, MORU's Head of Microbiology, Direk
Limmathurotsakul (above, shown with Phaik Yeong Cheah), gave a well-attended talk titled, "Should Thailand stop its addiction to antibiotics?", at the latest session of Bangkok Café Scientifique.
Science Cafés are very popular in Europe and are slowly gaining momentum in South-East Asia, although the format has to be adapted to suit the local context. MORU in collaboration with local partners facilitates Science Cafés in Bangkok, Vientiane and Siem Reap.