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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 2020.  Save the dates: 9 - 12 March 2020 

Discussions are led by: Prof Jannie Hofmeyr

Eugène Marais' Soul of the White Ant: forerunner of modern machine learning

Speaker: Prof Andries Engelbrecht, joint appoinment in the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering

When: 9 March 2020, 18:30

Where: Die Plataan

Free entry

The story of honeybush: from the Langkloof to world-class tea

Speakers: Prof Lizette Joubert and Prof Cecilia Bester, Agricultural Research Council; and Prof Ann Louw, Department of Biochemistry

When: 11 March 2020; 18:30

Where: Die Plataan

Free entry

What's life like under the microscope?

Speaker: Prof Lydia-Marié Joubert, SU Central Analytical Facilities

When: 10 March 2020, 13:00

Where: SU Library Auditorium

Free entry

Genetic tests: valuable self-knowledge or snake-oil trick?

Speakers: Prof Soraya Bardien, Molecular Biology and Human genetics and Prof Monique Zaahl, Genediagnostics

When: 12 March 2020, 18:30

Where: Die Plataan

Free entry:

Informal is the new formal: integration of informal settlements in our cities

Speakers: Dr Leanne Seeliger, SU Water Institute and Mr Paul Roviss Khambule, Enkanini Project

When: 10 March 2020, 18:30

Where: Die Plataan

Free entry


Below: 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.