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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.


Upcoming Offerings

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.


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.

Past Offerings


SciCafe: Mending a Broken Heart

February 3, 2016

Join stem cell researcher Jeffrey Karp to understand how scientists are drawing inspiration from nature, building on the biology and chemistry of gecko feet, spider webs, porcupine quills, and more.


Amazing Anemones

January 6, 2016

Join Estefanía Rodríguez, associate curator in the Museum’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology, for an exciting underwater journey to meet sea anemones. 

SciCafe December 2015

SciCafe: Microbes in the House

December 2, 2015

Geneticist, Jack Gilbert will present on the most recent discoveries and provide a guidebook to understand the microbiome and the role diet and lifestyle play in shaping this health resource.

SciCafe: How the Brain Shows its Feminine Side

SciCafe: How the Brain Shows its Feminine Side

November 4, 2015

Join Bridget Nugent, a researcher from the University of Pennsylvania, to learn about how sex differences in the embryonic brain are created by hormones and influenced by epigenetics as the brain develops and matures.

SciCafe October 2015

SciCafe: Seeing Inside Bats

October 7, 2015

Join Curator Nancy Simmons and postdoctoral fellow Abigail Curtis for an exciting journey inside the world (and bodies!) of bats. 

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