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Coffee Machine

What can we do to fight sexism in research ? We could talk about it in yet another conference… or, we could put our ideas into practice with the help of theatre forum, an interactive theatrical approach used to address societal problems of all types.


Join us on stage and together we’ll hopefully get that little bit closer to that goal. No acting experience required!

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Coffee Machine is the inaugural theatre forum created by Specta(c)tor on the subject of sexist discrimination in research. In 2022, it was played at the League of European Research Universities' conference, and at a University of Geneva summer school.

In 2023, our theatre forum was played at CERN and at the University of Geneva summer school “Prejudice, Discrimination, and the Diversity Challenge”.

Here's what our audiences and partners thought of Coffee Machine:

I had the opportunity to participate in Coffee Machine recently and was amazed by how much the Specta(c)tor group succeeds in stimulating collective learning and active engagement with patterns of every-day sexism. A fantastic tool to get the conversation started within your organization/community and to equip participants with the tools to actively challenge sexist behaviours and attitudes.

– Hannah Reinl, Senior Project Officer, Intenational Gender Champions

I had the opportunity to work with Specta(c)tor during the Prejudice, Discrimination, and the Diversity Challenge summer school at the University of Geneva. The troupe showed great professionalism in our discussions and did an excellent job of adapting my academic research on sexism into an interactive play. The whole audience was impressed by this innovative show, which enabled us to discuss and find relevant and realistic tools for fighting against cases of sexism. This was work of the highest quality!

- Dre Kléa Faniko

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