[Linux-aus] Science Cafe

Russell Coker russell at coker.com.au
Mon Jun 29 21:47:06 AEST 2015

I would like to start a Melbourne version of the "Science Cafe" project.  That 
involves arranging meetings of scientists and people who are interested in 
science to chat informally at cafes etc.

I need a mailing list.  I think that as it's a non-free project based around 
science it's a good fit for the aims of Linux Australia and running another 
mailing list is a very easy form of sponsorship.  So I'd like to use a mailing 
list on the LA server.  A possible mailing list name would be science-cafe-

Also if things go well in this regard I'll eventually setup a Meetup group.  
If that happens would LA be willing to sponsor the Meetup fees and have official 
ownership of the Meetup account?  I don't want this to be something that I 
personally do, I want it to be easily passed on to other people who have more 
time and energy when appropriate.


Here's the background:

The Science Cafe idea has been implemented in different ways in various places.  
The people who started it favored a very decentralised model so there isn't 
even a clear definition of it apart from being generally involving people 
talking about science, usually scientists talking to random people who want to 
learn in a cafe or other similar public place.  I'm initially planning to talk 
to my contacts in medical research but it would be good if other people can 
find scientists willing to get involved.

If anyone from Melbourne wants to get involved then let me know by private 
mail and I'll put you in contact with the other people.  If anyone wants to do 
something in another region then I guess this list could be used to start the 


The above URL has information on what they are doing in QLD.  Small amounts of 
money are available to help people who want to run similar events.


The above URL has information about an event in Perth for year 9-11 kids.

I didn't put much effort into finding out what's going on in other states, the 
fact that nothing is happening in Melbourne is all that's really of interest 
to me.

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