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BigPicnic Big News: Science cafes

13 March 2018

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Dear Friends,

We are pleased to be bringing you the fourth Big News from BigPicnic.

BigPicnic is an international, multi-stakeholder project that aims to generate debate by bringing together the public, scientists, policy-makers and industry to help address the global challenge of food security.

BigPicnic aims to support Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) related to food security by encouraging and capturing public dialogue on the subject. Therefore this issue of Big News is on science cafés - a major tool we are using to generate debate. Below are some stories from our Partners about science cafés they have run, are about to run or are in the process of developing.

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Science beer in Madrid


“At the Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid we renamed our science cafés “science beer” events to try to appeal to more visitors. Last summer we ran one on the topic of new, short-chain, food production alternatives. The purpose was to present the public with new ways of accessing food.” 

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Science café on sustainable eating


“On 8th November the National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon held a science café in the atrium of the museum. It was entitled How do we eat healthy and sustainably? Our aim was to increase interest and engagement in healthy and sustainable food.”

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Science café co-creation


“On February 5th we organised a BigPicnic breakfast for the University of Warsaw Botanic Garden’s staff from different departments. Our aim has been to draw our staff into the BigPicnic project, draw them into the food security debate and to co-create events and science cafés with them.”

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Food Security Advisory Group meeting


“We held a meeting of the Bulgarian Food Security Advisory Group in a tropical greenhouse at University Botanic Gardens of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. This annual meeting brings representatives of this group together to offer advice related to food security. The aim of this meeting was to identify topics for our science cafés”

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Science cafés and themed weekends


“In 2018, Hortus botanicus Leiden will run four more science cafés. Each will coincide with a themed weekend to encourage people to explore our BigPicnic exhibition which will open on 19th April. The first science café will focus on the Solanaceae family and the insects that pollinate them.”

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