Monthly Archives: October 2012

Science, science everywhere

There seems to be an abundance of articles and posts with the word ‘science’ in the headline lately — at least among those that have been floating around the office.  Sure, ‘science’ is a fairly broad term that can relate to anything from a specific subject to a methodology, but in whatever form it takes, it always seems to grab my attention. Today we have science and gender, science and human rights, and science and open access. We also have bandwidth and open access and a touch of the visual from the Guardian’s datablog.

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Discussing science over a steaming cup of coffee

Gilchriste Ndongwe is the Project Manager of the Knowledge and Library Unit at Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis Research Unit (ZEPARU) and a member of the Research Council of Zimbabwe. Most people in Zimbabwe consider a café an ideal place to catch up with friends and relatives. Historically, “café society” has offered other forms of social interaction, like live music, poetry readings and even stand-up comedy. Few people would imagine discussing science over a steaming cup of coffee with a live band, but in recent years the café has become the chic venue for weighty issues.  Around the world a growing trend is to share a jolt of java with managed discussions from invited scientists. In this friendly, informal and interactive setting, they unravel their mysterious world with the public and colleagues alike. This approach to science communication is known as the Science Café. The first of these in Zimbabwe were recently … Continue reading

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