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 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

Science Saturday: Lions, Tigers, and Bearcats, Oh My!

Science Talks Learn what it takes to care for the wild animals at the Conservators Center with help from Tut, the Fennec Fox. 02/07/2015 - 11:00am

Science Cafe: Investigating the Tree of Life

Science Talks The discovery of new species often makes headlines worldwide, reminding us that we still know about only a fraction of the Earth’s biodiversity. How do we study this biodiversity and who are the scientists making these discoveries? 02/12/2015 - 7:00pm

Science Cafe: The World's Ugliest Dinosaurs

Science Talks Dr. Victoria Arbour will talk about some of the latest research on ankylosaurs, including new discoveries from North America and Mongolia, and insights into their behavior. 02/19/2015 - 6:00pm

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

Science Cafe: Working to Save the World’s Polar Bears

Science Talks Join us to learn about Dr. Steven Amstrup's fieldwork in Alaska, the urgent challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic, and the part each of us can play in stopping climate change. 02/26/2015 - 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

Science Saturday: Watching Lightning from Space

Science Talks Dr. Magi will talk about new methods being used to study lightning using satellite observations of Earth. 04/04/2015 - 11:00am