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Science Café

Science Café


The IGB and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology co-sponsor the Chambana Science Café, a monthly seminar series that brings scientists to the public to talk about their research in an informal setting. The talks are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. throughout the spring and fall semesters. Science Café is currently hosted by Cafeteria and Company. Free snacks are available as long as supplies last.

Do I need to register to attend?

Nope! Science Café is free and open for anyone to attend.

Can I attend if I don't have a background in the sciences?

Absolutely! Science Cafè talks are informal presentations meant to engage with people of a variety of educational backgrounds. Feel free to ask questions and engage in discussion with the speakers.

Can I sign up to give a talk?

Science Cafè speakers are typically faculty, staff, and research scientists affiliated with the IGB and the Beckman Institute. If you are interested in presenting, please reach out to our team to get involved at

Is there anywhere I can watch previous Science Café talks?

Your Mind Is Aging… and That is a Good Thing, Liz Stine-Morrow, PhD

Lessons on Parenting from Poison Frogs, Eva Fischer, PhD

Preventing Bird Window Strikes, Sarai Stuart, PhD Candidate

What octopus intelligence can teach us about robots, Udit Halder, PhD

Seeing Cancer in a New Light, Rohit Bhargava, PhD

Eat your broccoli! Microbial metabolism and gut health, Michael Miller, PhD

You can visit our Science Café playlist to listen to more of our past talks!



Would you like to present your research?

If you’re affiliated with the IGB and are interested in sharing your research with our community, let us know!