Check out Café scientifiques

From the Canadian Institutes of Health Research:

Café scientifiques started in the late-20th century as an informal discussion about scientific subjects. They were never intended to be lectures. The same holds true for CIHR Café scientifiques. They provide insight into health-related issues of popular interest to the general public, and in turn provoke questions and provide answers.

For that reason, the CIHR Café scientifiques are all about accessibility. They involve interaction between the public and experts in a given field at a café, a pub or a restaurant. If you want to take part in a CIHR Café scientifique, there is no need for you to have a science degree. You just need to have a deep-rooted desire to talk about a particular health subject. That way you could learn how health research may provide answers to any questions that are on your mind.

There are Café scientifiques scheduled in cities across Canada, on topics including global health, health care efficiency, living with cancer, pain control, ADHD, and schizophrenia.

For the full schedule, check out the Café scientifiques schedule and follow them on Facebook.

Have you ever attended a café? Tell us about it in the comments.

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