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:

  • October 10 - Café Scientifique: Old Bones, New Discoveries
    Location:
    Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Presenter: Dr. Sarah Werning, Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Des Moines University

    By examining fossils, paleontologists are able to determine how long a dinosaur lived, how fast they grew up, how big they were and how they moved. Learn the process of how we know what we know about dinosaurs!

  • November 14- Café Scientifique: Caving for Carnivores
    Location: Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Presenter: Dr. Julie Meachen, Assistant Professor, Des Moines University

    Join Dr. Julie Meachen, Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Des Moines University, as she discusses her recent field work at an Ice Age fossil site in Wyoming. Learn about the last ice age, climate and the mass extinction event that killed off most of Earth’s large mammals!

  • December 12 - Café Scientifique: Powered by Microbiota
    Location: Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Presenter: Kristina Feye, Doctoral student at Iowa State University

    Your gut microbiome—or the microorganism like bacteria, yeast and fungi in your gut—is very important to your health. Various products claim to optimize your gastrointestinal system, but does any of that really work? Join Kristina Feye as she discusses how the use of various “biotics” may (or may not) impact your health.

RSVP encouraged to cafesci@sciowa.org

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 cafesci@sciowa.org or (515) 274-6868 ext. 234