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:

  • December 13 - Puzzling Particles & Quantum Physics
    Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Dr. Braxton Pulley, chiropractor at East Village Chiropractic

    Objects vanish and suddenly reappear. Teleportation transports us instantly to other worlds. Things exist in two places at once.

    They’re all marvels of quantum physics, the quasi-magical field that explores how particles and atoms defy our everyday expectations. Join us as we explore the basics of this fascinating field through classic science exercises, and discover the surreal happenings that are all around you.

  • January 10 - The Science of Sgt. Pepper
    Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Presenter: Dr. Donna Parsons, lecturer in music and honors, University of Iowa

    The sound of Sgt. Pepper — all 39 minutes and 52 seconds of it —changed the way listeners connected with music.

    Released on June 2, 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was so groundbreaking that radio stations played it in its entirety. Its revolutionary status was rooted in the nature of experimentation and the science of sound, creating a must-hear cultural cornerstone.

    Join us as we explore the Beatles’ musical creativity and the social and cultural history that informed Sgt. Pepper and its public acclaim.

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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