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Dos and Don´ts

Here are some ideas science café practitioners have collected to save yourself from committing the same mistakes again.

Do …

  • Make sure you have enough time (talks, activities, and discussion
  • Include interesting topics
  • Prioritise quality over quantity
  • Include interactive methods/practical activities
  • Involve the audience
  • Include a tour of the botanic garden
  • Use other media to stimulate discussion
  • Offer food and drinks
  • Record the discussion to help with your evaluation
  • Ask questions about participants’ previous knowledge on the topic
  • Embrace modern technology (e.g. beamer and sound)
  • Test the acoustics in your room
  • Be flexible
  • Ensure you are handling any data collected ethically

Don’t …

  • Make presentations too long
  • Stick to just one way of collecting answers/data
  • Just consider professional scientists
  • Try and pack too much in
  • Have seat rows – it makes the atmosphere too formal
  • Forget to advertise your event



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 This project has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 710780.

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