Café Scientifique

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It was an eclectic group, assembled in the Alliance Française de Trivandrum hall that Thursday evening. There were homemakers, students, doctors, scientists, inventors, people’s representatives… All of them attentive while the speakers addressed, analysed and interacted on the modern day menace of plastics. Plastic was discussed in detail; from scientific point on plastics to how plastic wastes can be converted to petrol and other uses, health hazards related to plastics and alternative to plastic like glass, paper etc.
The setting was Café Scientifique, the newest initiative of Alliance Française de Trivandrum. After commencing a Book Club to talk on books, Café Scientifique is the second initiative in the same lines to discuss science, thus developing a space for conversation and discussion in Trivandrum.
There is a wide chasm between common man and science. Science still remains, for the most part, with the intellectual elite. Alliance Française de Trivandrum decided to organise a series of discussions every two months, named Café Scientifique, in an attempt to bridge this gap, to bring science a bit more nearer to the common man.
Cafe scientific is envisaged in an informal format, with the presentation of a topic related to everyday life or current public interest from a scientific point of view. There will be two or three presentations by experts related to the particular subject, examining the subject from different angles. After which the stage is open for discussions. The participants can freely ask questions to the experts and express their view on the topic. Café Scientifique strives to take the discussion as an ongoing activity and not to limit it to the time round the table; giving new ideas and thoughts for people to take home to and spread it far and wide as they choose to deem.
The next session, in November, will be focused on the Western Ghats which has a lot of topical importance, followed by a session on water in January.

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