Café Scientifique

A happy hour forum for science and culture, Cafés offer a unique experience for adults to explore our world from distinct and surprising viewpoints—drawing connections between scientific research, culture, environment and everyday life. Enjoy lively talks on a variety of topics led by guest speakers from the University of Minnesota and beyond along with the atmosphere of the Bryant Lake Bowl theater in Minneapolis.


October 18
7 pm (doors at 6 pm)
Tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door


Learn about mycology and renewable energy with Kat Sweeney from the University of Minnesota Plant Pathology Department.

Fall 2016 Cafés

September 20: The Dazzling Dr. Spilhaus

Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus was dean of the Institute of Technology (now College of Science & Engineering) at the University of Minnesota, founder of the National Sea Grant program, inventor of the skyway system and bathythermograph (drawings of which grace the Scholars Walk at the U), and author of the "Our New Age" comic strip that ran weekly for 20 years in newspapers around the world to delight and inspire 5 million readers with a focus on science. Presenter Sharon Moen, communications coordinator for Minnesota Sea Grant and author of "With Tomorrow in Mind: How Athelstan Spilhaus Turned America Toward the Future", will regale us with stories of Spilhaus' many contributions to science, policy and even public art.

October 18: Fungi

November 15

December 20

More Cafés

Download LIVE podcasts from past events available for free on iTunes or watch presentations from select events on YouTube.

Get global

We introduced Café Scientifique to Minnesota, but there are science cafés held across the country and around the globe. Visit International Café Scientifique for more.

The Petri DIsh

Isn't life fascinating?
Check out curiosity-driven conversations, featuring U of M experts, about how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future. Presented in collaboration with the College of Biological Sciences & College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the Bedlam Theater in Lowertown St. Paul.