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Funded by the Maudsley Charity, this project aims to engage the local and wider South London community with the research carried out at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).

Focusing on neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology we aim to increase the knowledge and interest of children and the general public for science and mental health.

Engaging Mental Health will offer people of different ages and backgrounds opportunities to talk to scientists and mental health service staff to learn about neuroscience and mental health. 

The activities include:

  • IoPPN Café Scientifique Kids (ages 4 - 11):  These sessions last approximately two hours and will focus on a subject related to science and mental health. 
  • IoPPN Café Scientifique Adults: An afternoon/evening seminar related to mental health: neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry. 
  • Various: Photographic, Art and Science competitions/projects
All events will be held at the IoPPN or the ORTUS Learning Centre.

For information about forthcoming and past activities, please see our Events Section.

You can also read more about our work on our blog or follow us on twitter!



Get Involved | What type of event would you like to attend?

We want to prepare our programme of seminars based on what you want to learn more about. 

Please take our short survey and let us know your interests! 

All answers are confidential. 

IoPPN Café Scientifique | Explained

Cafe Scientifique

The IoPPN Café Scientifique was set up in 2012 following an initiative by Dr Teresa Rodriguez and Dr Emma Gray from the Department of Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. 

The aims of the IoPPN Café Scientifique are to engage adults and children in the local and wider south London community with neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology; to promote science and increase awareness of scientific issues and disseminate the research carried out at King’s IoPPN and SLaM.

Teresa and Emma obtained funding from King’s College London through the Researcher Development Open Competition and additional funding from Alzheimer’s Research UK. 

Soon after the IoPPN Café Scientifique launch Dr Rosa Sancho, also from the department of Neuroscience, joined Teresa and Emma in the organisation of the first events.

We would like to thank our volunteers who actively helped in the organisation and running of the activities: Dr Amy Pooler, Dr Conrad Iyegbe, Natalia Palasz, Dr Danielle Diaper, Alan Stepto and Funke Osho.

The IoPPN Café Scientifique is now funded by Maudsley Charity and is part of the “Engaging Mental Health” initiative.

Previous activities: 

  • Alzheimer’s Disease: a quest for a cure. (Seminar for adults) |  February 2012. Speaker: Dr Amy Pooler
  • What is your brain made of? (IoPPN Café Scientifique kids) |  April 2012
  • Come and meet the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster (IoP Café Scientifique kids) |  March 2013. Speaker: Dr Danielle Diaper
Volunteers | Meet the team

MSc Neuroscience Volunteers

Special thanks to all the volunteers that are contributing to “Engaging Mental Health”

  • Students from the MSc Neuroscience Course
  • Researchers from across the IoPPN
  • Dr Elizabeth Glennon (Department of Basic & Clinical Neuroscience)
  • Dr Conrad Iyegbe (Department of Psychosis Studies)
  • Dr Aderonke (Elizabeth) Adelodun (King's College London, Founder of Mindtorch TM )

If you'd like to volunteer with us, please contact:  teresa.rodriguez@kcl.ac.uk

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If you have any questions, suggestions and feedback, please contact:  teresa.rodriguez@kcl.ac.uk



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