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Science Café asks ‘Are we alone in the universe?’

Published: 20 November 2007

Following the successful launch of Southampton’s Science Café last month, the series of talks continue with ‘The Search for Life in the Universe’ by Professor Malcolm Coe, Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton, on Thursday 22 November.

Professor Coe will examine one of the biggest questions facing humankind - ‘Are we are alone in the universe?’ The implications for the world if we find that the answer is “no” are far-reaching. But what are the odds? What are astronomers doing to find the answers? How will you react if contact is made with another intelligent species? What, if anything, should governments do?

The Science Café, which aims to show science shapes our modern world, is held once a month from 7.00 – 8.45pm at Borders, in West Quay Retail Park, Southampton.

A short talk (20-30 minutes) by world-leading scientists on their cutting-edge scientific research will be followed by a question and answer session and a discussion of the science presented and its impact, all in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

Dr Christian Kaiser of the University of Southampton and Science Café Co-ordinator, comments: "Scientific research affects everyone. Yet most people do not engage with science at all because most of the scientific output is aimed at specialists rather than the general public. The Science Cafe provides a venue for discussing Science and its impacts with experts in a friendly and informal way."

The next talk in the series takes place on 24 January 2008 on the subject of ‘The Frontier of Particle Physics and the Large Hadron Collider’ by Professor Nick Evans of the University of Southampton.

The Science Café is free and no booking is necessary.

For more information, please contact Dr Christian Kaiser, Science Café Co-ordinator, on 023 8059 2073, email

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