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 13 - Women in STEM: Advancing Nutrition & Agricultural Science to Feed the World
    Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
    Presenter: Dr. Ruth Oniang'o, Chair of the Sasakawa Africa Association

    Around the world, female STEM professionals play a key role in developing new ideas, innovations and connections that help fight global food insecurity. Dr. Ruth Oniang’o, chair of the Sasakawa Africa Association, has worked to build those connections throughout her diverse career working with smallholder farmers and rural communities in Kenya and beyond.

    Join us as we learn about the myriad ways women in science, technology, engineering and math drive critical advancements in agriculture and nutrition from Kenya to Iowa.

  • November 10 - Low Head Dams: Sleek Design, Secret Danger
    Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50321
    Presenter: Nate Hoogeveen, Director of River Programs, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
    Low-head dams provide smooth, scenic waterways fit for a photo op, but their seamless designs and short drop-offs can be deceptively dangerous for boaters and swimmers. Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Nate Hoogeveen will give a presentation on ways of mitigating dams to make them safe while still scenic, accommodating to fish passage and maintaining access for fishing. 

    Dam mitigation is being explored as part of the development of a water trails and greenways master plan for the Greater Des Moines region. Join us as we explore the balance between engineering efficient waterways and keeping the public safe from danger.

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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