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Science Café Stellenbosch

​​​​​​Science Café Stellenbosch is an initiative of the Faculty of Science at Stellenbosch University to promote the public discussion of science.

The aim of a Science Café is to bridge the gap between science and the general public by entering into a conversation in a non-academic environment, like a restaurant or café. There are already hundreds of Science Cafés all over the world.

Prof Louise Warnich, dean of the Faculty of Science at SU, says a Science Café is the ideal opportunity to involve the public in conversations about science: "Scientists have a responsibility to communicate the findings of their research, but we have an even greater responsibility to engage with the general public, and that in a language that everyone can understand."

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The next Science Cafés at Woordfees 2023

Topic: On the origin of Time - a​re there things that we will never know?

Speakers: Dr Anslyn John and Prof Yin-Zhe Ma

Date: 10 October 2023

Time: 18:00-19:00

Venue: Die Khaya, 39 Ryneveld Street

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Topic: Artificial Intelligence versus human consciousness

Speaker: Willem Bester, Prof Bruce Watson, Dr McElory Hoffmann and Anton Böhmer

Date: 11 October 2023

Time: 18:00-19:00

Venue: Die Khaya, 39 Ryneveld Street
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Topic: Those bugs that don't kill you (now), will maybe make you stronger?

Speaker: Prof Ann Louw, Prof Marina Rautenbach and Prof Andrew Whitelaw

Date: 12 October 2023

Time: 18:00-19:00

Venue: Die Khaya, 39 Ryneveld Street
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