Hosting your Café Culture discussion

Café Culture is an opportunity for you and your colleagues to talk about the challenges you face in research culture, reflect on what a better culture would look like, and propose solutions for how Wellcome and other parts of the system could change.

Thousands of researchers have taken part in the largest ever survey into experiences of research culture.

Now we want to hear your solutions. Your Café Culture conversation will be one of many taking place across the world. 

Sign up to receive a Café Culture toolkit

To host your conversation, you’ll need a Café Culture toolkit, which includes a discussion guide and activities. 

We have a limited number of toolkits to post out, so apply soon if you want to make sure you get one. After these are gone, or if you're based outside the UK, we’ll email you a print-your-own version.

How to set up your discussion

It’s completely up to you how you arrange your Café Culture session – it could be part of a casual coffee break or run as part of a wider meeting.

Find a space and time. You’ll probably need at least 60 minutes.

You can run a Café Culture with three or more people, although we recommend a maximum group size of 10 to make sure everyone has a chance to speak. It may be most comfortable if the participants are at a similar career stage. 

Familiarise yourself with the information in your Café Culture toolkit, and share the pre-read material with attendees before the meeting. 

Make your voice heard

After your discussion, share your ideas:

Your conversations will feed directly into our work to craft goals for creating a better research culture, driving the changes Wellcome will be making and encouraging others to make.

We’ll also be inviting every Café Culture participant to join our Research Culture Ambassador Network. Through the network you'll be given resources to help encourage a better culture at your organisation, and get a chance to contribute to the next phase of our work.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about hosting a Café Culture discussion or about our Research Culture Ambassador Network, email culture@wellcome.ac.uk.