Cafe Sci

Science and technology talks in a rural setting

Every winter, we run our Cromar Science Cafe, on dates to suit speakers. Speakers mainly come from the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon Universities, and we work closely with the academic outreach centre, PERU. Local volunteers make delicious coffee and tea, which is included in the entrance fee.

Our talks are open to anyone who would like to attend and the speakers aim to make them accessible to all, whether or not you have any background in science.

We follow the relaxed Café Sci format : Introduction, talk (up to 45 mins), Q&A session. If you have been to an urban “drop-in” Café Sci format before, the main difference is that our talks are longer and we allow speakers to use visual aids. We are proud to be one of the few cafes set up to bring talks out to our rural population.

The talks help fund our activities with the local schools and we charge a £4 entry fee to talks for adults, but those in full time education get in free. They are based in Tarland, either at the hall or at the Cafe. Details are on each programme.

Last winter’s talks programme featured talks on : Developing better guidance for pregnant women;  Adventures in remote and rural general practice; Fit did yi hae fur your supper – Understanding Eating Patterns in Scotland; Changes to local wildlife – tales of rise and decline; The Howe of Cromar – A geological enigma. During the March Festival we hosted talks on Relativity and Einstein, Antarctica and Using Camera Phones.

We are in the process of developing next winter’s talks.