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What is Café Scientifique?

Café Scientifique is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. The Café provides a forum for debating science issues outside the traditional academic context. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable – all spoken in plain English.

Origin of Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique currently exists in more than 60 towns and cities across the World. It was the idea of Duncan Dallas, from Leeds, who was impressed by the Café Philosophique session he saw in France. Café Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context. The British Council has helped popularise Café Scientifique in several countries around the globe. Events tend to be independently run by local organisers in many cities using variations of the "Café Scientifique" or "Science Café" name.

Main organisers of Café Scientifique

Prof. Dr. Kyriakos Kouveliotis

(Provost & Chief Academic Officer)

Prof.Kyriakos had been the main person who came up with the idea on setting up this event. He worked with his team to not only design this event but have been important part of every series of this event.

Anastasia Kiritsi

(Lecturer, Cafe Scientifique coordinator & Host)

Anastasia Kiritsi had been the person who made this idea Live. She approaches all speakers we had so far and also hosts the event. She is also responsible for planning all future series of this event.

Fifth Café Scientifique - Artificial intelligence in business

The topic for the event was surrounding AI in Business and featured four external speakers and three internal speakers. The panel of external speakers included: Anudeep Sri Bathina, Head of Insights and Data at Capgemini for Cloud Data Platform, Microsoft Azure, Bigdata and Machine Learning, Cheryl Miller Van Dÿck, Director of the Digital Leadership Institute, Head of EU Delegation, G20 Women 20 and President Women Entrepreneurship Platform, Andrés Contreras Guillén, Serial Entrepreneur and Independent Technology Consultant, and Rahul Lodhe, Senior Director SAP for Artificial Intelligence Technology Bangalore Urban. 

Fourth Café Scientifique - Creativity and Leadership

The topic for the event was creativity and leadership and BSBI was delighted to welcome six external guest speakers from the creative and arts industry including: Mr Gabriel Mattar, Chief Creative Officer at INNOCEAN Worldwide Europe, Mrs Lotta Pick, Gallerist at Open White Gallery, Business Development and Fine Arts Berlin, Mr Sean Bickerton, B.C. Director of the Canadian Music Centre, President of the B.C. Alliance for Arts & Culture and an Instructor at Capilano University Canada; Mrs Deb Gilbertson, Growing Leaders to Innovate Consultant; Mr Mathias Rastorfer, CEO and Co-Owner Gmurzynska Galeries; and Mr Dirk Boll, President of Chistie's Europe & UK, Middle East & Africa (EMEA).

Third Café Scientifique - Ports & Airports as Smart Hubs

BSBI had 6 external guest speakers from the Aviation industry: Mr. Andre Scheider - CEO of Geneva Airport, Thanassis Karlis - Strategic Planning and Marketing Officer at Piraeus Port Authority Sa, Dr. Dimitrios Dalaklis (AFNI) - Associate Professor (Safety and Security) - MSEA Specialisation at World Maritime University, Ganesh Raj – Ex DP World C-Suite & Board Member | Logistics | Supply Chain | Transport, Dennis Jul Pedersen - CEO at Port of Esbjerg Denmark, Catalin Radu - Deputy Director of the Air Navigation Bureau at ICAO in charge of Aviation Safety

Second Café Scientifique - Rebooting the Economy After COVID-19

The latest session focused on the extreme situation caused by the COVID-19 restrictions. The discussion also considered how economic recovery can take place in general and in the tourism industry. Students heard from professionals including Rashid Al Mansoori, CEO of the Qatar Stock Exchange Market, Frank Hoerl, Regional Director and Managing Director of HIB Alexanderplatz Hotel Operations GmbH, Anna Schnekker, Project Manager at Investment Bank Berlin, Bulut Bagci, President of World Tourism Forums and Peter Alatsas, Hospitality Expert and Advisor and Ex CEO of major hotel chains in Asia and the Middle East.

First Café Scientifique - The Impact of COVID-19 on mental health and the workplace

The topic for the event was The Impact of COVID-19 on mental health and the workplace and BSBI was delighted to welcome four external guest speakers from the health and business areas including: Dr. Giulia Borrielo, Massachusetts General hospital consulting Psychologist, Stefania Gallo, AIRBUS Area manager, Mr. Varotsos Costas, Worldwide known Architect and Sculpto and Mr. Michael Ros, Founder & CEO of Bidroom.