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

Stay tuned for future events!


Recent Cafés

Marble butterfly

May 2017: Bringing Biology to Biomimetics
Emilie Snell-Rood, Associate Professor, UMN Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

April 2017: Crocodilian Superdads: Gharial on the Chambal River in north India
Jeff Lang, Conservation biologist, UMN Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

March 2017: Hunting Knowledge and Gathering Herbs: Rastafari Bush Doctors in South Africa
Lisa Aston Philander, Curator of the UMN College of Biological Sciences Conservatory, Department of Plant Biology

February 2017: Forest Keepers: Science, Spirituality & Conservation among the Batak Tribe
J. Scott Dodds, award-winning ethnographic filmmaker

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

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

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

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

September 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"

Catch up on past Cafés

Download LIVE recordings from events available for free on iTunesU 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.