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

Titlesort ascending Program Type Description Date

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 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: African Monsoons & Atlantic Hurricanes

Science Talks This presentation will explore the relationship between African summer monsoons and the frequency of storms that turn to hurricane stage over the Atlantic Ocean. 09/06/2014 - 11:00am

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 Cafe: From Marine Natural Products to Medicine

Science Talks Join Prof. Joshua Pierce, a Chemistry professor at NCSU, as we explore how natural products are relevant to medicine and how organic chemistry and chemical biology research in academic and industrial labs are responsible for the treatments that have transformed our lives. 08/21/2014 - 7:00pm

Science Cafe: Fermented Foods, Beneficial Bacteria

Science Talks Join us as we discuss what foods contain beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, and how these bacteria contribute to human health. 08/28/2014 - 7:00pm