Café Scientifique was first organised by Duncan Dallas in Leeds in 1998, but is based on the Café Philosophique movement which the philosopher Marc Sautet started in France in 1992. In France, it was started by scientists who thought they ought to inform the public more, and in the UK it was started by members of the public who wanted to know more about science. In both countries it moved out of an academic structure into popular locations, and thereby attracted audiences.
During the last decade the subject has moved from Public Understanding through Science Communication to Public Engagement and has been embraced by academic disciplines, government departments, research institutes, politicians, educators and policy makers. The aim of the Cafes is to bring science back into culture.
Individual Cafes have many different names and often do not require funding. They only pay the speaker’s travelling expenses by asking for donations from the audience.
STEM Education Organization for Cambodia started up the first cafesci events. The interested people meet at a cafe and invite STEM experts to give an informal talk. you can follow the events from our webpage and Facebook page.