Café Scientifique

Join us for an informal evening of "Talks with Docs!"

Café Scientifique is a series of informal discussions connecting research to important health-related issues of interest to the community.  Enjoy light snacks and refreshments while engaging with cutting-edge, award-winning researchers from Simon Fraser University's (SFU) Faculty of Science.

Events are held monthly from September through April 2014 (no Café in December or January).

Fall events were held at the new Surrey City Centre Public Library, 10350 University Dr., Surrey 7:00 - 8:30pm. Main floor.

Spring events are held at the CBC Studio, 700 Hamilton St., Vancouver 7:00-8:30pm. Moderated by Stephen Quinn, host of CBC's On the Coast.

These events are free to the public and are supported by the SFU Faculty of Science and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. 

Attendees must RSVP to

Current Schedule

CBC Vancouver
700 Hamilton St. (@ Georgia) Vancouver

7:00PM - 8:30PM
Third Wednesday of the month


In our series, speakers will discuss their health or popular-science related topic, without the use of audio visual materials or handouts, for approximately 20 minutes.  A discussion with the audience will ensue for about 45 minutes while participants enjoy free appetizers and beverages.  

February 19, 2014 - CBC, Vancouver
What are stem cells and how might they change the future of medicine?

Dr. Esther Verheyen of SFU's department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry will explain what stem cells are and why they are so significant in the repair and development of cellular growth. Find out what kinds of medical conditions have the potential to be treated using stem cells.

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March 26, 2014 - CBC, Vancouver
Immunizing against physical inactivity: How do we entice seniors to be active?

Despite the massive health benefits ascribed to physical activity, the vast majority of older Canadians do not meet national physical activity recommendations. This Cafe will explore ways to entice older adults to start and continue daily physical activity. Dr. Dawn Mackey is an Asst. Professor in SFU's department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology.



April 16, 2014 - CBC, Vancouver
The increasing burden of chronic diseases

Many people will have more than one chronic disease before they die and many people will live 10 to 20 years or more with a chronic disease. Dr. Scott Lear, Assoc. Professor in the department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology and the faculty of Health Sciences at SFU will discuss how we will manage on a societal and individual basis, and what kinds of preventative measures can be taken now.