Cafe Scientifique

Join the conversation at Café Scientifique, a free monthly program for adults and young adults.

At Café Sci, local experts lead discussion around relevant topics in science, technology, nature and health. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and engage in the conversation.

Cafe Sci events take place on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Science Center of Iowa. Beer and wine are available for purchase from 5:30-6:00 pm during the pre-program reception.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Cafe Sci events:

  • February 13 - Café Scientifique: Between Hell and Hoth
    Location: Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Presenter: Hannah Wakeford, Giacconi Fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute

    What makes a planet uninhabitable? Join Hannah Wakeford, a planetary scientist and Giacconi Fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute, as she discusses our nearest neighbors in the solar system: Mars and Venus. By exploring our closest terrestrial worlds, we can understand what makes a planet habitable.

    Join us afterthe presentation for a Star Party in our Demonstration Garden.

  • March 13- Café Scientifique: Cretaceous Coastlines
    Location: Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Presenter: Cory Redman, Human Anatomy Instructor, Drake University

    The Mississippi may be mighty, but 65-100 million years ago, a shallow sea split North America in half, connecting the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

    Using 75-million-year-old fossils, Dr. Cory Redman has studied how changes in sea level affected the diversity and distribution of non-marine animals that lived along the seaway. Join us to explore these findings and learn how the fossil record can be used to help study the effects of modern sea-levels rising.

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“Café Scientifique” is a grassroots public science initiative – and events are happening all over the world. Events are free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome, though content is geared toward adults and young adults. No scientific background is necessary – just an interest in the topic at hand!

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