Analysing dutch Science cafés to better understand the science-society relationship

Anne M. Dijkstra*

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Science cafés offer a place for information and discussion for all who are interested in science and its broader implications for society. In this paper, science cafés are explored as a means of informal science dialogue in order to gain more understanding of the science-society relationship. Perspectives of visitors, organisers and moderators of science cafés were analysed. Findings show that science cafés stimulate discussion and engagement via informal learning processes. Visitors come to broaden their knowledge in an informal ambiance. Organisers and moderators hope to enhance understanding of science and confidence of people to participate in debates.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA03
JournalJournal of science communication (JCOM)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Informal learning
  • Public engagement with science and technology


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