Café Scientifique

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

Café Scientifique is a series of informal discussions connecting research to important 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 2015 (no Café in December or January).

Fall events are held at Boston Pizza (private room) 1045 Columbia St., New Westminster
(2 blks from the New West Skytrain station).

Refreshments are available for purchase. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Reserve your free seat by emailing:
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Current Schedule

Boston Pizza (private room)
1045 Columbia St.,
(2 blks from Skytrain)

New Westminster

7:00PM - 9:00 PM


In our series, speakers will discuss their health or popular-science related topic, without the use of audio visual materials or handouts, for approximately 30 minutes.  A discussion with the audience will ensue for about 45 minutes while participants enjoy appetizers and beverages.  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Dugan O’Neil is an Associate Professor of Physics at SFU, Chief Science Officer at Compute Canada and deputy spokesperson of ATLAS-Canada, a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN that is searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy.

Topic: The Mystery of Mass: Why the Higgs boson is such a big (small) deal

What is mass? We all have mass, but most of us don't spend a lot of time thinking about what it is and where it comes from. In contrast, particle physicists have been obsessing on this question for 50 years. We confront this question every day by working at an extreme of distance (tiny) and energy (high).  A person's mass might be the sum total of their muscle, bone, fat, blood etc. and a car's mass is the sum of its stell, glass, plastics, etc., but a fundamental particle has nothing inside. So, how can it have mass, and what is mass anyway?  The world's largest machine (the Large Hadron Collider) has given us an answer.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event is cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Speaker:  Dr. Neil Branda is a professor of Chemistry and a Canada Research Chair at Simon Fraser University, the Executive Director of 4D LABS, a research centre for advanced materials and nano-scale devices, CTO of SWITCH Materials Inc., a company he founded to commercialize his molecular switching technology and Founder and Director of the NanoCommunity Canada Research Network, a community of nanotechnology researchers committed to sharing knowledge and working collaboratively to advance applications in medical diagnostics, therapeutics, renewable energy and advanced materials.

Topic: It's a Materials World – from Sticks and Stones to Nanotechnology, how materials have changed our world.

Since the beginning, understanding how materials can be used for specific tasks has resulted in some of the biggest changes to civilizations. Modern society is becoming more and more dependent on the development and use of advanced materials. From the basics to the controversial, how materials have affected they way we live and play will be discussed.