Café Scientifique

A Café Scientifique is a forum, where for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can participate in the discussion of current scientific issues in the relaxing, informal setup of a Café!

The Cafés Scientifiques are organized by Dr. Sahar El Khoury and Life Science Zurich and supported by Science et Cité. They take place in general once a month in Zürich.

How does it work?

  • A Café Scientifique starts with conversations in small groups about the topic to break the ice, fill the glasses, and concretize our knowledge about the subject.
  • Afterwards, there is a short talk (usually about 15/20 min) by an expert speaker.
  • This is followed by approximately half an hour of questions and answers and general discussion.

What subjects will be discussed ? Any scientific subject that is of interest to the general public.

Who are the invited speakers? The invited speakers are researchers from UZH/ETHZ.

Next Café Scientifique

Forests are Fungi: the Role of Forest Fungi in the Fight Against Climate Change


Forests are fungi. Nearly every tree on Earth forms a partnership with mycorrhizal fungi on their roots. These fungal networks can allow trees in a forest to share resources and work together. However, they can also allow entire forests to compete with other forests partnered with different fungi. In his talk, Dr. Averill will detail how these fungi allow trees to cooperate and compete, and what that means for the ability of forests to sequester CO2 from the atmosphere. Given the huge role these fungi play in sequestering CO2 and slowing climate change, it has never been more important to understand where these different fungi are, and where they will be in the future.

Colin Averill is a senior scientist at ETH Zürich where he leads a research program studying the forest microbiome. Dr. Averill has won multiple awards for his work on this topic, and given scientific presentations all over the world on how to use the forest microbiome to better understand and predict how forests will respond to global change.

Location: schwarzecafe at Luma Westbau

Time: 19:00 (doors open at 18:30) to 21:30