Cafe Scientifique

On the second Tuesday of each month, the Science Center of Iowa invites the community to join the conversation!

Café Scientifique is a FREE science-based program for adults and young adults. Each event begins with an introduction and background of the topic by the featured presenter and concludes with an open forum for questions and discussion.

"Café Sci" events are happening all over the world – with leaders in science and technology engaging audiences in discussion around meaningful and relevant topics in an informal setting.

Café Sci events take place on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 pm. Locations vary.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Cafe Sci events:

  • June 14 - Café Scientifique: The Power of Pollinators
    Location: Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Presenter: Brianna Patrick, Environmental Educator, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

    Pollinators play a key role in providing the food we eat — one in every three bites, to be exact. Just as they contribute to the production of berries, coffee, chocolate and more, we can support pollinators by growing native plants and maintaining Iowa’s nutrient-rich soil.

    Join us as we get up close with plant plugs, seeds and native plants, and learn how you can give back to the pollinators that support Iowa’s ecosystems (and your favorite foods).
  • July 12 - Café Scientifique: The Mechanics of Meditation
    Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Presenter: James Miller, founder of Adamantine Yoga

    Yoga inspires spiritualty, peace and prosperity through movement — existential goals rooted in the mechanics of flexibility, muscular strength and respiration. The ancient Indian practice and modern knowledge of exercise unite with Adamantine Yoga, a 20-pose sequence centered on breath, posture, concentration and meditation.

    Join us as we learn how Adamantine Yoga founder James Miller translates the science and anatomy of movement into a practice that balances body and mind.

  • August 9 - Café Scientifique - Turbine Talk: How Iowa Wins at Wind
    Location: Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Presenter: John Boorman, Vice President of the Iowa Wind Energy Association, and Bill Cox, retired physics professor

    Did you know that Iowa leads the nation in per capita wind energy production? Today, wind turbines are becoming as commonplace in Iowa’s landscape as cornfields and rolling hills. However, this is just the start of a path to more cutting-edge energy initiatives and a promising, sustainable future in transportation too.

    Join the vice president of the Iowa Wind Energy Association and Bill Cox, a retired physics Instructor with 42 years experience in teaching and researching renewable energy, as we explore Iowa’s wind-energy prowess, solar promise and the state’s exciting future of renewable power.

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About Cafe Sci:

  • Events are free to the general public; Coffee, beverages or appetizers are usually available for purchase
  • Many events are held off-site at restaurants, cafes and other venues
  • No scientific background is necessary, just an interest in the topic at hand
  • All ages are welcome but content is geared for adults and young adults
  • Click here for a library of previous Cafe Sci events

Interested in presenting a topic or hosting an event? Inquire at or (515) 274-6868 ext. 234