Anstruther Science Cafe

What is it?

The Anstruther Science Cafe is a regular informal get-together of top-rate scientists and ordinary members of the public. We usually meet at 19:30 on the last Thursday of each month, in the Dining Room of the Royal Hotel, 20 Rodger St, Anstruther. Admission is free, but we ask for a donation of £1 to cover costs.

Each month we bring a guest speaker who gives a short presentation about some topic of interest. In the first four meetings we had computers, astronomy, and renewable energy – but science is a broad subject, and everything is interesting. The presentation is followed by questions and discussion. The setting is deliberately informal and non-academic: no-one needs to feel excluded. Eating and drinking is all part of the evening.

Who is behind it all?

The cafe is organised by a small group of volunteers:

  • Norman Paterson
  • Ross Gilanders
  • Sara Tedesco
  • Simon Hayhow

There are several ways to get in touch with us:

  • Send email to anstruthersciencecafe@gmail.com. Email to that address is automatically forwarded to all four organisers.
  • We also keep in touch with our members by email. We send out an announcement about a week before the next meeting. Send us your email address and we’ll add you to the list.
    Of course you can just log in to the Anstruther Community Website and see what’s on.
  • We also have a presence on Twitter and Facebook.
  • We announce in the What’s On section of local papers.
  • We publish a Google Calendar account, with details of our events. Subscribe to this (it is available in iCal format at https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/05bgdddotei9m7u118nhtklelo%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics) and our entry appears in your own calendar.

But the best way by far is just to come along to our next meeting.

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