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:

  • January 13– Counting Votes: The Paradoxical Mathematics of Elections
    Location: Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines, IA
    Presenter: Dr. Russ Goodman, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Central College
    There are many methods for the counting of votes in an election… and none of them are entirely fair. Join us to explore these methods through a variety of examples, including an in-depth look at the intriguing election of 1860. Could a different voting scheme have prevented the Civil War?
  • February 10 – Hormones of Happiness
    Location: Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines, IA
    Presenter: Jolie Pelds, Adjunct Biology Instructor at DMACC Urban Campus
    Hormones can be the cause and result of happiness. Join us for a look at how our body improves brain function, boosts immune response, heals and maintains a youthful look when it’s in a euphoric state. We will discuss the effects of dopamine, endorphins and oxytocin that are brought on by laughter, enjoyment and having fun.

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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