Programs & Events

Science Talks

Science Cafés

Science Cafés are a weekly event where anyone can participate in topical discussions with leaders in the fields of science and technology. Hosted by the Daily Planet Cafe in the Nature Research Center, these weekly talks promote discussion of science in an informal setting.

Visiting Lecturers

Throughout the year, prominent researchers share their expertise with Museum visitors during presentations, discussions and informal talks.

Science Saturdays

Science Saturdays is a series of lectures and demonstrations that are held on the first Saturday of each month in the SECU Daily Planet Theater at 11 am. The presentations mainly target middle- and high-school students, but everyone is welcome to attend. Science Saturdays are held in partnership with the NC State University Biomedical Engineering Department and are funded through NC Space Grant.

All Upcoming Science Talks

Title Program Type Description Date

Science Saturday: Seeing the Forest with the Trees

Science Talks Steph Jeffries and Tom Wentworth will take you hiking in the southern Appalachians and show you how to read the forested landscape. 01/03/2015 - 11:00am

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs Lecture Series: Lindsay Zanno

Science Talks Join paleontologist Dr. Lindsay Zanno as she reveals her team's latest fossil finds and the struggle for survival at the dawn of the Late Cretaceous in North America. 01/08/2015 - 7:00pm

Science Cafe: Ebola Diagnostics in North Carolina

Science Talks North Carolina has been preparing for Ebola since mid-2014. Learn about the preparedness efforts that are in place at the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and the challenges associated with the diagnosis. 01/15/2015 - 7:00pm

Science Cafe: Turtle Team to the Rescue

Science Talks You just found an injured turtle. Who are you going to call? The Turtle Rescue Team! 01/22/2015 - 7:00pm

Science Cafe: Darwin's Vertebrate Paleontology

Science Talks Learn how fossil mammals collected during the voyage of the HMS Beagle played a key role in convincing Darwin of the mutability of species. 01/29/2015 - 7:00pm

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs Lecture Series: Mary Schweitzer

Science Talks One of the biggest mysteries about dinosaurs is how they got to be the size of 14 elephants stacked on top of each other, in a short amount of time, while consuming a plant diet. Dr. Mary Schweitzer will explore reproductive habits and growth rate in some of the world's largest dinosaurs. 02/05/2015 - 7:00pm

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs Lecture Series: Mark Norell

Science Talks Featuring special guest lecturer Dr. Mark Norell from the American Museum of Natural History, curator of The World’s Largest Dinosaurs special exhibition. 02/19/2015 - 7:00pm

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs Lecture Series: Vince Schneider

Science Talks Learn about the Museum's field research from the Triassic age sediments of Arizona and North Carolina. Schneider will also talk about animals that were alive just before the Age of Dinosaurs. 03/05/2015 - 7:00pm