Science Café
Towards Knowledge Societies

HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite

Popularization of science is an endeavor to image scientific concepts in such a way that every person (especially non-scientists) can understand the fundamental objectives and have an idea of what science in essence is. Although many scientists are renowned and their fingerprints are so clear in scientific research that led industrial development worldwide, unfortunately a great number of the public cannot tell exactly what 'science' is all about. In fact, the gap between scientists and Societies seems to be huge.

Science Knowledge & Culture to every common person were and remain to be narrowed to those only studying at universities and to graduates from academic institutions. Further, the academic tutors in scientific subjects kept their communication with a very minimal slice of the communities within campuses of universities. And the share of scientific knowledge between the academic tutors and every person outside the academic campuses remains to be almost nil.

Is it possible to popularize scientific subjects at various levels? And if it is possible to popularize science within societies, to what extent will the public accept knowledge of Science? And how will the knowledge of science play a role in the human persons day to day livings and culture?

To answer these questions knowingly the poor knowledge of the majority of peoples in science due to the lack of interest in reading scientific publications and books and due to the unfamiliarity of other languages (such as English & French languages) that most of the scientific publications, journals, and books written with and due to the lack of community educational programs. Therefore, RASIT introduced “Science Café” in order to interactive the relationship between academic tutors and public.

Yes, it is possible to popularize science to a great extent, by means of raising awareness of how it touches our everyday life. How? this depends on choosing subjects, fields of public interest, speaker, presenter, place, and the form of delivering it, and the forum of delivering the seminar/talk in society’s language by way of defining the scientific terms too.

Through “Science Café’, RASIT managed to break the academic campuses boundaries that encouraged the public interest in learning more about science. Yes, it is possible to popularize all specific scientific ideas and concepts from mathematics, chemistry, biology, medicine to geology and nanotechnology, as long as it can be effectively explained one at a time in a very simple language that every person can understand. It is important that the public should have a basic general understanding of science and appreciation to its impact in their lives. Only “Science Café” can popularize science in any society. And “Science Café” has proven to be platform for scientists to share their knowledge with the public as social educational forum.

Thirteen years for the Science Café program, we serve our audience and scientists in an excellent way. We are grateful to every scientist (Popularizer) who took efforts to present science objectively to the public via “Science Café”.