INITIATED early in 2012, Café Scientifique Henley allows anyone in the community to explore the latest ideas in science and technology for the price of a cup of coffee or glass of wine.
This local branch has been particularly active in bringing leading-edge scientists to inform and entertain its members.
These monthly evening talks and discussions during a question and answer session have built up a strong following which has been enthralled by several local speakers (Richard Fortey, Paul Henderson, Stephen Smith and Jonathan Booth) among those from the universities of Oxford, Reading and London.
The 20 successful events, all held at Henley Hockey Club and attracting audiences of between 50 and 70, have covered a wide range of subjects: survivors, extinctions, the origins of meteorites, the ageing brain, clean water, sludge and the role of plants in medicine.
This year a new legitimacy was provided by a generous grant from a local company, Quintessa. This provides an ability to occasionally widen the search for speakers.