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.

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


Upcoming Cafés

Medicinal plant market in South Africa

March 21: Hunting Knowledge and Gathering Herbs: Rastafari Bush Doctors in South Africa

Guest speaker: Lisa Aston Philander, Curator of the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory &  Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Biology

Lisa's research focuses on traditional knowledge and trade of medicinal plants in the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa where she examined the trade of phytomedicines and developed community-based programming to conserve and grow endangered plant species. You can learn more about Lisa's work in Roots to Healing: A brief survey of the past, present and future of plant-based remedies in Minnesota, which is now on display at Northrop Auditorium.

2016/2017 Cafés

September 20, 2016: The Dazzling Dr. Spilhaus
Sharon Moen, Communications Coordinator, Minnesota Sea Grant & author of "With Tomorrow in Mind: How Athelstan Spilhaus Turned America Toward the Future"

October 18, 2016: The Fungi Around Us
Kat Sweeney, Researcher, UMN Department of Plant Pathology

November 15, 2016: What Should a Clever Moose Eat?
Dr. John Pastor, Ecosystem Ecologist, UMN-Duluth Department of Biology

December 20, 2016: Moving Minnesota: Reinventing the Bell Museum Dioramas
Don Luce, Curator of Exhibits, Bell Museum of Natural History

January 17, 2017: The Beautiful Problem of Turbulence
Sam Stewart, Ph.D. student, UMN Department of Mathematics

February 21: Forest Keepers: Science, Spirituality & Conservation among the Batak Tribe
J. Scott Dodds, award-winning ethnographic filmmaker

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 at the Camp Bar in St. Paul.

February 1, 2017
Where Do We Go From Here? The science, policy and politics of addressing and adapting to global-scale environmental change

March 1, 2017
A Revolution in the Making: Insights into new genetic engineering technologies with the potential to radically reshape medicine

April 5, 2017
Beyond Velcro: Taking cues from nature to design solutions to big challenges and drive innovation