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.

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.

A moderator will occasionally review and pull topics good in scope and topicality up to this list:

  • The strange case of Henrietta’s immortality — HeLa
  • How to talk to your politician about science
  • Nanotech and what we should expect from it in the next 10 years
  • Methods for knowing the age of very old things
  • Invasive/nonnative species in Florida @ 2008-10

Comments

2011 hot topics

Hydrological fracturing / Fracking, impact on ecosystems.

Fracking results and their effects on humans.

The mechanics of Genetic Modification

I saw a scientist on a Discovery type show take a test tube of yam seeds, drop in a solution with some yam blight mold in it, damage the seeds chemically with something common like benzene or acetone and shake it, then say “I have just geneticially modified these yam seeds. If any off them sprout, the seed may have incorporated the blight genes, and may be resistant to it.”

That was genetic modification without the hsyteria. I would like to see that too, but in a lecture designed for people with at least a BS degree. None of this presentation from USA Today or for college freshmen. Most of the audience have graduate degrees. A lecture should reflect that. A level of presentation at Lewis dot diagrams to show the electron shell interactions would be appropiate.
Thank you. thomas@hockmanlaw.com

topics I'd like to see

Big Bang and the formation of the universe (@2010-12)

quantum physics

string theory

unifying theories

consciousness theories

I would like to support the

I would like to support the list supplied here. I am interested in all of these subjects.

I would also like to add:

Neuroscience

Topic suggestions

I will second the suggestion for the astronomy talk in conjunction with UCF telescope. The Orlando Science Center also has some night when the telescope there is open to the public. However, a couple of times I have called about it it was closed for a private party. I also like the suggesion for methods of knowing age of old things.

several topics

Dr. John Werner
Topic in fossils (invertebrates)

Dr. Alex Dickison
Topic on physics education in secondary education

Dr. Yan Fenandez
Topics either in comets, moons of juptier, etc

Derek Demeter
Topic on Light Pollution

Carol McCorkle (Avian Reconditioning Center) @2010-01
Bird of Prey rehabilitation

I would like to see the light pollution presentation too.

I would like to see the light pollution presentation too.

Could you do a subject on Astronomy at the UCF Telescope?

Hello I would like to know what the email and web site is of thr UCF Astronony center? And when can a non student go out to see through the telescope and what days to go there? AND could you do a talk out at the Astronomy center so some people can learn more about the milky way and our near by planets and then we could see throught the telescope at different objets. I love wtaching Nova Science Now when he has a hour long show about our galaxy and or planets. I would like to see them? You can email me at cvandbrg#bellsouth.net I hope to here back from you soon. Thanks Curt

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.

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