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Public Engagement with Research

Research Café

Research Café
Research Café

Listen, sip, discuss.

The Research Café enables students, staff and the public to meet and discuss University of Southampton research in an informal space.  Cafés take place regularly; they are always free to attend with no need to register.

The Research Café kicks off its fifth year with two events in November 2018:

- Thur 8 Nov, 6.30pm - Dead Good Research Café, as part of Southampton's Dead Good Days festival

- Fri 16 Nov, 6.30pm - People and Brexit, as part of the University's Human Worlds festival

Further info on both events soon.

The most recent Research Cafe took place on Thursday 21 June 2018, 18.45-20.30 at Mettricks Guildhall, 1 Guildhall Place, SO14 7DU. This event ran as part of the National Clean Air Day.

World-leading respiratory disease expert Professor Stephen Holgate CBE was our keynote speaker, who spoke on "The health challenges of outdoor and indoor air pollution - the hidden public health problem of our time: what needs to be done"

There were also short talks from a range of people working on the effects of air pollution and discussing what can be done to tackle the problem in Southampton:
- Dr Matt Loxham - particulates and their effects on health
- Dr James Dyke - imagining an environmentally safe and economically fair Southampton: the importance of clean air
- Josh Taylor, Solent Air Watch - citizen science (all welcome!), working to tackle air pollution in Southampton and the surrounding areas
- Sai Harrod, Mutrend Lab - social innovation to transform Southampton City Centre


For more information and to join the Research Cafe Facebook group here.

What are the aims of the Research 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 Research 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.

The PERu lead for Research Cafe is Dr Tony Curran 

This 2 minute film provides an overview of the Research Café:

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