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College of Science and Mathematics

Science: A Candle In The Dark

The idea behind our Café Sci.

Café Sci is a monthly event by Fresno State faculty to share their current research with the community. It serves as an opportunity for the community to meet, talk, and discuss with Fresno State scientists and researchers.

Who is your audience?

The local community. Many people in the audience teach themselves, have a strong interest in science, and care about Fresno State.

What makes a good Café Sci talk?

  1. Short and Sweet. Aim for a talk that is about 30 minutes long.
  2. It's a two-way conversation. The audience expects you to answer questions during and after the talk.
  3. It's not a bed-time story. The audience expects you to be engaging from the get-go.
  4. You are our voice to the community. Tell us about your research in a way that allows our audience to get a better idea about the research going on at Fresno State.
  5. You are a scholar citizen. Leav eyour ivory tower and focus on aspects of your research that matter also to non-researchers, not just your colleageus.
  6. We are part of the Fresno community. Resist the "information deficit" approach - your audience is into science.

What's the format?

6:00 pm Café Sci Organizers arrive to set up.
6:30 pm People start arriving.
7:00 pm Host introduces tonight's speaker(s).
7:05 pm Begin of talk or panel.
7:30 pm Q & A with the audience.
7:50 pm Host Wraps up.

What's the infrastructure?

  • Café Sci will ensure that there is a projector, a projection screen, a pointer, and common adapters to connect to the projector.
  • The restaurant provides the audio system.
  • Please ask if you have special needs for your presentation, or plan to bring special props.

Your contacts: 

Ulrike Müller: cell (559) 900 6673

David Lent: cell (559) 421 5829


Our Venue

Santa Fe Basque Restaurant
3110 N Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA 93704
Phone: (559) 226 7499

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