Welcome to Café Scientifique!What is Café Scientifique?

The idea behind the Café Scientifique began a few years ago in England, inspired by the French Café Philosophique. In the Café Scientifique, people (often science buffs) come together in a friendly pub after work. An expert starts out with an informal introduction to an interesting current scientific topic. Then for an hour or so there are questions and answers and general discussion. There is an opportunity for everyone to ask questions, and questions beginning with "This might be a dumb question, but..." are more than welcome; these questions are invariably not dumb and often rather insightful.

Our Next Café...

Dear Café Goers,

The second Fall 2017 Café Scientifique is next Tuesday, 6:30 pm, at Clyde's. The event will feature Mark Fonstad, PhD. Dr. Fonstad is Associate Professor at the University of Oregon where he studies environmental simulation.

Title: "It's a 3D Bonanza! Making Virtual Places from Photographs"

Abstract: People have long tried to capture a "realistic" sense of place and space in both art and geography, using everything from paintings to maps to photographs. 3D data are rapidly becoming a significant part of our daily lives. People play video games set in 3D locations. Engineers and geologists use 3D data to map landslides and floodable areas. Virtual globes are used by people around the world to view imagery and get a sense of landscape. However, generally we are seeing data produced by others - either made by a graphic artist for a simulation, or perhaps 3D data collected by a satellite. What is missing is 3D data at the scale and place of people's daily lives. Wouldn't it be a gift to walk virtually within the house of one's youth, or see the river from the standpoint of a fish? 

Fortunately, there is a recent innovation based o! ! n photography: it is called "structure from motion photogrammetry." This talk will showcase people's efforts to capture 3D in the past, and demonstrate examples of the 3D spaces and places that we can make today, and what the future might hold.


Where:  Clyde's

When: Tuesday, November 14 -- 6:30 to 7:30 pm

The first Spring 2018 Cafe is Tuesday, February 13, and will feature Chris Nelder: 'The Energy Transition Show'


Parking -- COMPLIMENTARY PARKING PROVIDED BY UCCS PARKING SERVICES for the November 14th event from 5:00-9:00 p.m. in any regular parking space in parking lots 222 and 224 located south of Centennial Hall. Note that all other parking restrictions (handicapped parking, loading zones, fire lanes) apply. 


Funding for the Colorado Springs Café Scientifique is provided by the UCCS Administration and Finance Team.