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Public Engagement with Research

Researchers' Café

Researchers' Café
Researchers' Café

Listen, sip, discuss.

The Researchers' Café enables students, staff and the public to meet University researchers and discuss their research in an informal space.

The next Researchers’ Café is on Monday 27th February between 12.00-13.30 in the Observatory, at the top of B85 (Life Sciences), as part of the University Diversity Fortnight 2017.

At this event Vice-President International, Professor Colin Grant will give a keynote speech on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in the Univesity strategy, and then attendees can choose to join informal discussions on the following topics:

Free tea and coffee will be available from 12.00. Feel free to bring your lunch, and it’s fine if you can’t stay for the whole event.


The popular Researchers’ Café has events once or twice per month. Always free to attend and no need to register, although people can join the Facebook event here and/or the Facebook group here.

This 2 minute film provides an overview of the Researchers' Café:

What are the aims of the Researchers' Café?

For Researchers who have volunteered to lead a discussion, you will get to practice explaining your research and may gain new insights and ideas. You will also receive a free Researchers' Café t-shirt!

For those attending (whether a researcher or not), this is an informal way to meet other researchers. Come along for a fun evening, learn and stretch your grey matter!

How does the Researchers' Café work?

After time to grab a drink everyone will join one of the researchers who have prepared to talk about their subject area - there will usually be 3 presenting researchers at each event. On each table will be bullet point 'conversation starters' to prompt discussion or questions. Attendees are free to drop-in, switch tables or leave at any time.

Project Lead: Dr Tony Curran, Public Engagement with Research unit,

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