Speaking of cafés…have you embraced the Science Café phenomenon yet? These face-to-face chats are typically held at an informal location (café, restaurant, pub, etc.), include a brief presentation by a scientist sharing current research, and are followed by an interactive discussion. Science cafés are open to the public and can be found all over the world. There may be a café right in your own backyard:
“Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain: Dude, where’s my car?”
- September 14, 2010 | 7:00 P.M.
- Periodic Tables: Durham’s Science Café (NC)
“Uncovering the Unseen: Science Café with Dan Goods”
- Date TBD | 6:45pm
- Koshland Science Museum (DC)
“Urbanization and Flyways of Songbirds”
- September 21, 2010 | 7:00 PM
- Rockville Science Center Science Cafés (MD)
Consider attending, speaking at – or even starting – your own science café. If you attend an upcoming café, use it an opportunity to network with people across a wide variety of backgrounds, experiential levels, and occupations. If you contact local organizers to serve as a speaker or choose to create your own café, you can lecture briefly on a topic of your choice, translating your work for a lay audience. This opportunity represents a powerful résumé/CV builder if you seek to move into science education of any kind.