>The Cafe Scientifique Network
>Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass
>of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and
>technology. Meetings have taken place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even
>theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.
>The first Cafes Scientifiques were held in the UK in Leeds in 1998. Since then,
>Cafes Scientifiques have sprung up in Newcastle, Nottingham and Oxford and
>the network has now begun to expand to other cities in the UK. We hope that by 2003 there will be a thriving network of
>20 to 30 Cafes that meet regularly to hear
>scientists or writers on science talk about their work and discuss it with
>Cafe Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues, not a shop window
>for science. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science
>and to making science accountable.
It seems like an excellent idea! There is one in newcastle, which meets at Café Royal, just round the corner from Grey’s Monument every month.
See there web site for more details.