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Science in the Café: Past Events

Welcome to the Science Centre's series of informal discussions or "sharing sessions". We call it Science in the Café – to be enjoyed in the warmth of a Singapore evening (outdoors), or, on cool sofa comfort in our lounge, or, within our galleries, among our exhibits.

Based on the internationally acclaimed Café Scientifique, our Café is meant to be a place and an environment in which anyone can come to explore ideas of science, technology, engineering and Mathematics (STEM) over a cup of coffee or food. That is, it is a non-conventional, non-technical meeting place. Just like those long discussions over kopi-O in the corner kopitiam – outside of the traditional academic milieu.

Our Café is meant to be a forum for discussing and sharing ideas and issues in STEM. It is not meant to be a specialised, scientific-technical seminar/symposium. It may showcase and discuss the latest discoveries in STEM, or various issues of (contemporary) interest. This is part of the Science Centre’s mission of promoting public engagement in STEM, and in a sense, of making STEM accountable to the people who (will) pay for it in more ways than dollars! It is also the place for anyone to ask those questions they have always wanted to ask. What is Life? Time? Intelligence? Why...?

As it is meant to be informal, there is no "procedure" to be followed, but the chain of events usually starts with a presentation by the invited speaker – usually a scientist or a technologist, writer, artist, etc. This is followed by a short break for all present to refill their glasses and plates and/or continue immediately with those pressing questions. (Please look in the Presenters page for more details.) Where the thread of the discussion leads is opened to all who will direct it: you set the agenda! You can start with "This may be a silly question but ..." Such questions often lead to insights not previously thought of by those listening and even by the one asking! But remember to share with all present. Don't use this as a one-on-one with the presenter – please share!

 

 

Find out about our past events below.


 

  • A Practitioner’s View on Industry 4.0, IoT & Data Analytics: 27 Feb 2018


     Date &   time 27 Feb 2018 @ 7pm
     PresenterDr Koh Niak Wu, CEO of Cosmiqo International Pte Ltd & The Intelligent Warehouse Pte Ltd 
     SponsorScience Centre Singapore 
     SynopsisThis Café will touch on how the Presenter perceives technological impact, what we need to do to remain relevant, how some of his works have positively impacted an industry and the challenges of doing so.
  • A Special Public Lecture on The Transient Universe: 2 March 2018

    Beginning the Exploration of the Universe with Gravitational Waves

    The Origin of Gold in the Universe

     Date &   time 2 Mar 2018 @ 5pm
     Inquire @ IAS-TU18@ntu.edu.sg
     Register online @ www.ntu.edu.sg/ias/ptreg/
     Complimentary entry for all pre-registered attendees   (via the Annexe Entrance only).
     Presenters Professor Rainer Weiss, MIT & 2017 Physics Nobel Laureate & Proessor Tsvi Piran, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
     Sponsor
     SynopsisThis Special Public Lecture is being held in conjunction with the Conference on The Transient Universe @ NTU from 26 February to 1 March 2018 

  • Black Holes & a Cup of Tea: 24 April 2018


     Date &   time 24 Apr 2018 @ 7pm
     Presenter Dr Lim Yen Kheng, Physics Department, National University of Singapore 
     Sponsor Science Centre Singapore
     Synopsis What happens when a cup of tea falls into a black hole? /// Gravity is the force that holds the universe together, and yet much of it remains mysterious to us. Stephen Hawking's illustrious career has contributed great leaps to our understanding, in addition to bridging the gaps to other theories of physics, such as quantum mechanics and thermodynamics. All these bridges and roads seem to lead to one thing: black holes. /// In this Café, we will explore the many facets of black holes, including Hawking's revolutionary idea of how black holes can emit radiation and have 'temperature'. We will also discuss the information paradox, a conundrum that has stumped many physicists in recent years, and see Hawking's most recent attempts to solve it.