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British environmental specialist to speak at Feb. 24 Café Scientifique

February 10, 2005 -- from MSU News Service

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Bozeman -- Michael Depledge, an internationally recognized expert on ecotoxicology from the United Kingdom, will speak at the next Café Scientifique set at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at Ferraro's Fine Italian Restaurant. Café Scientifique provides an opportunity for members of the community and Montana State University to discuss current scientific topics.

Depledge is the Head of Science of the Environment Agency of the United Kingdom, the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. The title of Depledge's lecture will be: "Are the environmental policies of conservative western societies based on science?" Following the presentation, there is time for questions, answers and lively discussion.

The Café Scientifique concept started in England in 1998, based on the French Café Philosophique and has recently spread to a handful of locations in the U.S.

"Café Scientifique tries to take science away from the chairs of the classroom and into big, fluffy sofas," a writer recently wrote in Cambridge University's Varsity Magazine. "It tries to play a role in promoting public engagement in science; making it accountable, because science is no longer for the scientist alone."

The Café is free and everyone is welcome. It is sponsored by MSU's College of Letters and Science and the INBRE grant program. For more information, contact Laurie Howell at 994-7531 or lhowell@montana.edu.

Contact: Sarah Alexander (406) 994-4288, alexander@montana.edu