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.

Note: There will be no Science Cafés in September, due to repairs being performed in the Daily Planet Cafe.

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 Connections Lecture: Extravagant Weapons

Science Talks This talk develops the idea that arms races driving the evolution of huge weapons in animals parallel the races we see in our own military past. 10/02/2014 - 7:00pm

Science Saturday: Plants Have Stem Cells

Science Talks This presentation will discuss plant stem cell regulation and how that is addressing the world demand for food and sustainable energy. 10/04/2014 - 11:00am

Science Cafe: How to Make an IMAX® Film in Your Basement

Science Talks “In Saturn’s Rings” is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer film from Greensboro filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren. New, unseen footage from the film will be shown. 10/09/2014 - 7:00pm

Science Cafe: Neuroplasticity

Science Talks You've probably heard the claims that nutrition and exercise influence brain health, but what is the science behind these claims? 10/16/2014 - 7:00pm

Science Cafe: What’s Your Wild Connection?

Science Talks, Science Cafe You just might find that discussing dancing prairie chickens, picky lionesses, or cheating swans makes the perfect segue into talking about some very common human problems. At the end of the day, animals have a lot to teach us about love and relationships. 10/23/2014 - 7:00pm

Science Cafe: Monster Menu

Science Talks, Science Cafe Join us for an overview of vampire, zombie and witch myths, and the amazing evolutionary backstories of their key ingredients. 10/30/2014 - 7:00pm

Science Saturday: Extinction Is Forever: Or Is It?

Science Talks 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the death of the last Passenger Pigeon. Dr. Gerwin will discuss this and other extinction events of various animals from the Southeast. He will also describe a project proposed to bring back the Passenger Pigeon. 11/01/2014 - 11:00am

Science Saturday: What Rock Have You Been Under?

Science Talks We present data examining the occurrence of a species of two-lined salamander that has not yet been recorded in North Carolina. 12/06/2014 - 11:00am