Cafe Scientifique Orlando is a gathering of scientifically-inclined people in Central Florida, who meet at a cafe, coffee house, pub, or nonacademic location to discuss events and ideas in the world of science. We enjoy beer and wine, and we use plain language to talk about extraordinary ideas.

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Daytona Beach

(last verified 2010-04-01, by Chad)

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Third Thursday of every month at 6:30pm

Meeting location: Sweet Marlays’ Coffee 214 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114


(Last verified 2008-06-10, by Chad)

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Year-round, approximately monthly, at Phillips Social Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, some Tuesday at 19:30.


See this web site.

Space Coast

(Last verified 2008-06-10, by Eric P.)

FIT sponsors a monthly Science Cafe series during the school year at the Pizza Gallery & Grill in Viera.

Also during the school year, my department along with the Brevard and Melbourne Astronomical Societies sponsors an Astronomy & Astrophysics Public Lecture Series monthly in Melbourne. At those two events we have had both local and nationally/internationally known speakers on a wide variety of topics, from evolution to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Sarasota, MOTE Marine Laboratory

(Never verified)

Mote Science Cafes are an informal public forum that aim to create an ongoing community conversation about the ocean, our connection to it, and the science that helps us understand it.

The Mote Science Cafe is not a place, it’s a roving, community-based outreach program of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. Founded in 1955, Mote is an independent nonprofit marine research organization located in Sarasota, Florida.

Mote has seven centers for research focusing on sharks, sea turtles and marine mammals, coral reefs, toxins in the environment, aquaculture, coastal ecology and fisheries. Mote research is featured in its education programs and popular public aquarium.

St. Petersberg, The Pier Aquarium

(Never verified)

An informal discussion series presented as a partnership between The Pier Aquarium, the University of South Florida College of Marine Science and the American Chemical Society, SciCafé St. Petersburg ‘09 created to raise awareness and satisfy a person’s curiosity about things scientific.

If you know of other cafés, please let us know.

See also list of U.S. cafés scientifiques.

Past Café Scientifique Events

Race to the Moon 18 November, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Good Bacteria 9 September, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Marine Ecosystems 8 August, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Solar System 7 July, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Robotics 6 June, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Cloud Computing 13 May, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Nanoscience 8 April, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Fire Ants 11 March, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Food Preservation 5 March, 2014 - 19:00 Eden Bar at...
Marine Mammals 11 February, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Bees 14 January, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Frankenfood 10 December, 2013 - 18:30 downtown library

Topics We'd Love to See

What are some topics you’d like to have? Tell us in your comments below. See our full schedule to know what we’ve had and plan to have, before adding something new.

Additionally, if you are a scientific expert interested in presenting a topic, please email us.