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

Palawan river and forest

February 21: Forest Keepers: Science, Spirituality & Conservation among the Batak Tribe

J. Scott Dodds is an award-winning ethnographic filmmaker. For the past 20 years he has worked with anthropologists and environmentalists in following the Batak, a gather-hunter group in the Philippines. Batak live in fear of vengeful forest spirits who take retribution on anyone who doesn't respect the forest or wastes its resources. As a result they have developed not only a highly detailed knowledge of the natural environment, but also techniques for harvesting forest products sustainably. This has not been lost on environmental scientists, who are working with the Batak to conserve the forest while protecting them from commercial forest harvesters and encroaching farmers.

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

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