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

Titlesort ascending Program Type Description Date

Science Cafe: Is Solar Power the Answer?

Science Talks Dr. Jordan Kern will talk about the investment value of solar panels for homeowners, how the rapid growth of distributed solar power is pushing utilities to become more sustainable, and why you should be cautiously optimistic about our ability to avert severe climate change. 07/23/2015 - 7:00pm

Science Cafe: Enigmatic Pluto

Science Talks We will discuss the history and knowledge of Pluto and its moons as well as the New Horizons mission and the intrepid spacecraft itself. 07/16/2015 - 7:00pm

Science Cafe: Air Quality Matters

Science Talks How air pollution affects human health, how is air pollution changing, and what the challenges and opportunities are for better managing air quality in the future. 07/09/2015 - 7:00pm

Science Cafe: A Cure for HIV?

Science Talks Join us to learn about the exciting cutting edge research being conducted at UNC to find a cure for HIV infection. 07/30/2015 - 7:00pm

RAC Lecture: Unravelling Starlight: William and Margaret Huggins and the Rise of the New Astronomy

Science Talks Amateur astronomer William Huggins adapted the spectroscope to study of the celestial realm, and in November, 1862, presented a paper on the topic to the Royal Astronomical Society. Astronomy has never been the same since. Join science historian Barbara J. Becker for an exploration of Huggins's pioneering contributions to astrophysics, and learn about the collaborative contributions made by his wife, Margaret. 07/23/2015 - 7:00pm