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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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Programme for Science Café at Woordfees 2019

Discussions are led by: Dave Pepler

For more information on the Woordfees Diskoers series, click here

Tuesday 5 March, 18:30 (50 min), The Plataan, Free

Mysteries of the Cape Floral Kingdom

With: Prof Léanne Dreyer and Prof Anton Pauw, researchers at the Department of Botany and Zoology at SU

Wednesday 6 March, 18:30 (50 min), The Plataan, Free

Our water resources and chemical pollution

With: Dr Edward Archer and Dr Charon Büchner-Marais, researchers at the SU Water Institute

Thursday 7 March, 18:30 (50 min), The Plataan, Free

Invasive plants in our catchments: managing the impossible

With: Christine Colvin (WWF), Dr David le Maitre (CSIR) and Prof Brian van Wilgen (CIB, Stellenbosch University)


Well-known nature lover Dave Pepler in conversation with scientists Lester Davids, Jannie Hofmeyr and Gideon Wolfaardt about the evolution of skin colour, the wonder of the human cell, and your own personal microbiome at a previous Woordfees.