On the first Wednesday of every month, this popular after-hours series brings together inquisitive minds for an informal evening of cocktails and conversation about cutting-edge science topics with experts from the field.

The SciCafe series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.


Past Offerings


Explore21: Cuba

June 1, 2016

Join Museum scientists for a lively discussion about their recent expedition to Cuba and the new avenues for scientific collaboration on the island.


Just Can’t Get Enough: Addiction & the Brain

May 4, 2016

Psychiatrist Edmund Griffin explains how epidemiology, cocaine-addicted rats, and molecular neuroscience all help to shed light on one society’s most troubling questions: Why is it that some people just can’t get enough?


How "Paleo" is Your Diet?

April 6, 2016

Join molecular anthropologist Christina Warinner as she explores how scientists are reconstructing the ancestral human microbiome to better understand the lives and health of our ancestors, and whether the popular “paleo” diet has any relation to real human history.

SciCafe March 2015

Swarms of Aerial Robots

March 2, 2016

Join roboticist Vijay Kumar, UPS Foundation Professor at the University of Pennsylvania as he describes the advantages of developing small, agile robots.