What is a Science Cafe?
Science cafés are casual meeting places where interested people can gather for conversations about current topics of interest in science and technology. They intend to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for people with no science background.
Each meeting is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. A scientist gives a brief presentation and sometimes shows a short video clip to kick off the discussion. Questions and discussion are welcomed and encouraged. You can leave a café meeting when you want, but you'll miss out if you show up late.
Where is the Manhattan Science Cafe?
The Manhattan, Kansas Cafe is held once a month on Tuesday evenings from 7:00- 8:00 PM at Radina’s Coffeehouse and Roastery at 616 N. Manhattan Avenue or at Bluestem Bistro at 1219 Moro St. Come and enjoy good coffee and good food along with enlightening discussions of current science.
Kansas Citizens for Science
One of the co-sponsors of the Manhattan Science Cafe is Kansas Citizens for Science. KCFS is a not-for-profit educational organization that promotes a better understanding of what science is, and does, by: 1) advocating for science education, 2) educating the public about the nature and value of science, and 3) serving as an informational resource.
Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society
The other co-sponsor of the Science Cafe is the Kansas State University Chapter of Sigma Xi. Sigma Xi is an international society of science and engineering. The more than 500 chapters in North america and around the world provide support for inter-disciplinary research at colleges, universities, industry research centers and government laboratories. The mission of Sigma Xi is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public’s understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi publishes the popular science magazine “American Scientist.”