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

Special Astronomy Lecture: Searching for the Oldest Stars

Science Talks Having discovered several of the oldest and most primitive stars using the world’s largest telescopes, speaker Anna Frebel will tell fascinating discovery stories, and show spectacular videos, that illustrate what it means to be a scientist in this day and age. 06/04/2015 - 7:30pm

Science Saturday: Counting Carbon in Trees from Space

Science Talks This presentation describes how cutting-edge remote sensing technologies are used to count trees and their carbon storage from space, supporting a better understanding of rapid environmental change. 06/06/2015 - 11:00am

Science Cafe: What Happens When you Flush? Or When you Can’t Flush?

Science Talks We’ll discuss how human waste is treated to protect our rivers, lakes, and streams. 06/18/2015 - 7:00pm

Science Cafe: Sounds of Summer: Cicadas

Science Talks Join us to find out how to recognize and identify some of North Carolina’s most common cicada species. 06/11/2015 - 7:00pm

Science Cafe: Ecology You Can Eat - North Carolina’s Estuarine Fishes

Science Talks, Science Cafe In this Science Café, we will highlight some of NC's more than 100 species of cool fishes – many of which seem very exotic even though they are actually quite common members of our estuarine communities, perhaps increasingly so in the case of tropical species. 05/28/2015 - 7:00pm

Science Cafe: Buried Treasures

Science Talks Chat with microbiologists Dr. Elizabeth Shank and Kriti Sharma about what is known and what's waiting to be discovered about the mysterious microbial world underground. 06/25/2015 - 7:00pm

Raleigh Astronomy Club Talk: North Carolina Meteorites

Science Talks An overview of the 29 different meteorites known to have been found in North Carolina, with attention on the ones seen to fall. 05/28/2015 - 7:00pm