Science Oxford Book Club
To provide a low-input event which could fill a regular slot in the Science Oxford events calendar.
Summary of activity:
We ran an initial ‘launch’ event with high profile speakers talking about their favourite science books, and then tried to jump off from that into a monthly event where we would discuss several books on a given theme – some fiction, some non-fiction. The event died for lack of numbers after about 6 months.
Numbers on the door; Post event evaluation; Personal reflection.
What went well:
1. The quality of discussion was good
2. people seemed to enjoy the events
What was learned:
1. needed to have developed the audience far better in advance of the event. We should have recognised that the numbers at the launch event were not fantastic (although good in the context of our numbers at the time) and so it was inevitable that the numbers at the events would be small. But there were internal political reasons why killing the event at that stage would have been unwise.
2. We needed a much more focussed approach with a single book each time (as with a normal book club), because the event ended up being more work than it was originally intended to be.