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Outreach event: Cafe Sci at Clapham Picturehouse [20110420|10:01]
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Cafe Sci poster

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The events organisers at the Clapham Picturehouse knocked together this excellent poster for a Cafe Sci I did recently in their sweet little foyer bar. With hindsight, I realise I should have let my London circle know I was going to do this in advance. I'm not certain the space could have accommodated everyone if you'd all decided to turn up, however. Of the 25 people who were there, some of them had to sit on the steps.

It was one of the best adult-focused outreach events I've ever done. The audience - I hesitate to call them that, because a Cafe Sci is intended to be more of a discussion group - came from a variety of backgrounds (experiential and racial) and age groups. I was pleased that there were as many women as men, and they asked as many questions and brought up as many of the issues surrounding manned spaceflight, from the political to the technical. They kept me there for nearly two hours. I had intended to leave right after the event, but I was so absorbed in conversation that I stayed for two more pints and didn't get back to Cambridge until very late indeed. I wish I could do more adult-focused outreach. Most of what I do is targeted to secondary school audiences.
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2011-04-20 10:35 (UTC)
Sounds like fun. Can I take it you don't agree with Charlie Stross, Alan Finkel and those others who'd *love* spaceflight, but can't see it ever being practical?

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2007/06/the_high_frontier_redux.html
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/4214/full

I notice your session was two days late for Gagarin Day, by the way!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-04-20 19:45 (UTC)
I certainly don't see colonization of external solar systems as practical! That may not be so for centuries (assuming we don't explode ourselves first). But the Moon? I think that's achievable, potentially within the next few decades, if we get a few whacky billionaires, a la Richard Garriott, with the drive to go into space making the development of the technology possible - mostly by providing the funding, probably.

I was in Vienna during Gagarin Day, so I couldn't have done the Cafe Sci then. That was the original date for it. :)
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