Welcome to Down to a Science’s electronic press kit. To receive the latest news and updates about Down to a Science, sign up for the email list.
Down to a Science is an ongoing Science Caf?a casual forum where leading scientists discuss their research with the public.
It was created to bring scientific discussion to a hungry public and combat the growing trend of politicization of science. Unlike other science cafes, Down to a Science focuses on where science and society overlap, where fundamental scientific issues affect our local community.
The mission is to promote civic discourse through scientific dialogue. The focus will be on scientific issues of significant local impact.
In addition to the cafe events, Down to a Science features a science news blog. The blog is a dissection of science journals, news, and research presented in an easy to digest format. All of the content is related to the events in order to feed the dialogue.
Down to a Science was started by Kishore Hari in April 2007. He started the cafe after attending a symposium on Science Cafes at the AAAS conference in San Francisco. Kishore has always had a passion for science and science education. The science cafe was created as a natural outlet for his passion.
Sample Past Topics:
Earthquakes, presenter: Jack Boatwright USGS
Biofuels, presenter: Professor Dan Kammen, UC Berkeley
Fertility, presenters: Dr. Lynn Westphal, Stanford and Dr. Marcelle Cedars, UCSF
Bees, presenter: Timothy Burroughs, Berkeley Climate Action Coordinator
Water Managment, presenter: Professor John Dracup, UC Berkeley
Climate Change, presenter: Melissa Capria, San Francisco Climate Action Coordinator