University for everyone Bern Science Café

The Science Café invites members of the public who are interested to talk to experts on the first Monday of the month. Entrance is free of charge.

Next event will take place on Monday, april 8th 2024, 17.30-19h

Geschichtsschreibung – die Macht der Deutung

Was sagen Geschichtsbücher über Gesellschaften aus? Wie prägt die Geschichtsschreibung das Selbstverständnis einer Kultur? Welche weiteren Möglichkeiten oder Kanäle werden genutzt, um Geschichte zu vermitteln? Wer legt in der Schweiz fest, was Kinder über ihre Herkunft lernen und an was wir uns erinnern? Was sind die Konsequenzen, wenn Kapitel aus Schulbüchern gestrichen oder umgeschrieben werden?

Open discussions between laymen and scientists

There have been Science Cafés in Bern since May 2000. The project is organized and supported by the University of Bern with the Science et Cité Foundation, the Bern University of Teacher Education and the Bern University of Applied Sciences.

Who attends? The public, managers from the scientific and political communities, wider society and professional moderators.

When does it take place? Every first Monday in the month, at 20 p.m. until 21.30 p.m.

What is discussed? Scientists are asked current questions from everyday life

Why? To encourage discussions between the university and the population, to reduce anxiety about and provide insight into the work carried out in the alleged ivory tower.

Cafés were always popular places for meeting to discuss current events and exchange opinions. You can discuss these problems face to face with researchers at the university and with movers and shakers from the world of politics and society once a month, ask your questions, express your anxieties and suggest your ideas for possible solutions – or simply listen to what others think.