Halifax Café Scientifique

PLEASE NOTE: While the information below is broadly typical of Café Scientifique events at Dean Clough in Halifax, there has been no Autumn 2015 season due to various alterations taking place in the café and other venues surrounding the Crossley Gallery. We very much hope to announce a new season in 2016 and ask you bear with us in the meantime.

Halifax Café Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, people meet to hear about the latest ideas in science and how it might affect their lives. It is also a forum for debating science issues and promoting public engagement with science. Typical audiences are not professional scientists, but people who are interested in science in general. Audience ages range from teenagers to those of pensionable age. The links above give details of past and future meetings.

Viaduct Café Bar

When and Where

We normally meet at 7:30 pm on the first or second Wednesday of the month at Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX3 5AX. The regular cafe venue is currently undergoing a change of management and - for the moment - meetings are in Dean Clough's Crossley Gallery, with pre-event food being served downstairs in the Design House Restaurant (open from 6.00pm). See 'Cafe Hot Food Menu' above or look up the Design House Website on www.designhouserestaurant.co.uk  TEL: 01422 383242. 

Parking: From the direction of the town centre, turn right off Dean Clough before the big building on the right and drive down the ramp (the barrier opens automatically). From the car park walk down to the sliding doors below the word 'ENTRANCE'. If you are coming by public transport Halifax railway station is about a mile from Dean Clough. Google Maps.


Meetings involve a speaker giving a talk for about 45 minutes. This is followed by a short break to replenish drinks, after which there is a discussion session where all kinds of questions may be asked. Afterwards, we pass the hat round for contributions to the speaker's travel expenses.

Mailing List and Feedback

You can join our mailing list if you would like to receive email updates about future meetings. If you have any suggestions for topics or speakers at Halifax Café Scientifique, please feel free to contact us and provide feedback.

Host and Organisers

Halifax Café Scientifique is hosted by Dean Clough and facilitated by Vic Allen. 

Other Café Scientifique Meetings

Café Scientifique meetings take place throughout the UK and around the world. Click the UK Café Scientifique link above for national and international information. There is also a good article about Café Scientifique on Wikipedia.

Paul Ruffle

Paul was a founding member of Halifax Cafe Scientifique who died unexpectedly in 2013. Click here for his obituary and details of an RAS fund that has been established in his name.

Future Meetings

As explained above, there are presently no meetings scheduled although we hope to make an announcement early next year. To receive email notification of future events you are welcome to send a brief request to  victorallen@btconnect.com. Suggestions for future speakers are always welcomed and can also be sent to Vic at the above email address.

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