Science Café Grows on the Central Coast

From Kennedy Library’s 2011 Annual Publication (15.54 MB)

What do risk taking, garbage and Jurassic Beer have in common? They have all been topics presented through the Cal Poly Science Café, sponsored by the Kennedy Library.

Science Café, part of the international movement Café Scientifique, is a forum for interdisciplinary science inquiry through conversation-based learning about science and technology issues. Kennedy Library's Learning Commons is home to the program, which is the only Science Café on the Central Coast. Programs have also been held at off-campus sites such as the Exploration Station in Grover Beach and SLO Brew in San Luis Obispo.

Guided by philosophers, biologists, engineers and economists, Cal Poly Science Café fosters community dialog and inquiry in informal venues. Cal Poly students play a large role in producing and marketing each program, including creating the signature posters for each event. Future programs will expand students' roles in planning and production.

Explore with Us!

Science Café is open to the community. Peruse archived events, information and photographs and more online.

For more information contact Cynthia Perrine at (805)756-7549 or

Building from the program's successful launch in 2008–2009, Dean Michael Miller said, "We continue to gather learners of all types — students, faculty and community members — to our eclectic and fun talks on science. The program grows in popularity each year."