The DC Science Café


The Menu

October 6, 2015

An outsider’s inside view of science in Iran, with Science's Richard Stone


May 5, 2015

"Tracking Beetles, Auroras, and the Power of Citizen Science" with science writer Sharman Russell, NASA scientist Liz MacDonald and UMD citizen science researcher Andrea Wiggins


April 20, 2015

Rick Mullin and JoAnne Growney on "Versed in Science (and Math): An Evening of Poetry"


February 17, 2015

NOAA's Mark Eakin on "Beauty (coral) and the Beast (ocean warming)"


January 26, 2015

Daniel Sarewitz, Taft Broome and Bill Kelly on "Engineering Ethics and Our Love/Hate Relationship with Technology"


October 21, 2014

Kevin Ramkissoon, Kayvon Modjarrad and David Smith on "The Science, Medicine, and Politics of Antibiotic Resistance"


September 15, 2014

Barbara Berrie on "A Chemist’s View of Cultural Treasures"


June 24, 2014

Trey Porto on "Exotic Tales from the Coldest Place in the Universe"


March 4, 2014

Richard Stone on "The Sacred Volcano and Other True Stories from North Korea"


January 7, 2014

John Amos and Paul Woods on "God’s Eye View: Overhead Spying for Environmentalism"


November 18, 2013

Arati Prabhakar on "Taking Technology Higher"


October 29, 2013

Sam Kean on "Lost-and-Found Tales in the Genetic Code"


September 30, 2013

Joseph Amato on "Surfaces: A Story of A Million Skins"


June 25, 2013

Richard Paul and Steven Moss on "The Space Race in Black and White: When NASA and the Civil Rights Movement Were Young"


May 21, 2013

Robert Provine on "Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping and Beyond"


April 23, 2013

Sarah Shomstein on "Paying Attention – A neuroscientist ponders what it takes to stay on task."


February 6, 2013

W. Patrick McCray on "Visioneering … or betting that technology can trump future limitations."


October 23, 2012

Debra Mathews and Todd Kuiken on "Synthetic Biology: Life both as you know it ... and as you don’t."


September 19, 2012

Myra Sklarew and Michael Salcman on "Versed in Science: An Evening of Poetry"


May 15, 2012

Jim Cloern and Walter Boynton on "A Tale of Two Bays: Uncovering the Story in Long Term Ecological Data"


April 25, 2012

John Gillaspy on "Seething Nothingness: An Incredible Tour of ‘Empty Space’ "


April 17, 2012

Liliana Losada and Alison O’Brien on "You and Your Ten Thousand Trillion Microbes"


March 27, 2012

Wray Herbert on "Know Thyself: Outwitting Your Brain’s Hard-Wired Ways"


February 21, 2012

Steve Rolston on "Quantum Mechanics: Embrace the Weirdness"


December 13, 2011

Art Molella, Monica Smith and Sean Eddy on "Places of Invention: Contexts for Creativity"


October 24, 2011

Nana Bagdavadze and Rebecca Kamen on "Two Artists and Their Science"


September 19, 2011

Marc Kaufman and Cassie Conley on "Life as We Don’t Know It – Searching for extraterrestrial life…without contaminating other worlds in the process"


August 8, 2011

NIH's Stephen Parker on Beyond Genes: The hidden landscapes of your DNA


June 13, 2011

NPR's Joe Palca on "Annoying: the science of what bugs us"


May 9, 2011

NASA's John Mather on "The Universe, or Why is There Something Instead of Nothing?"



The Venue


The DC Science Cafe provides a new channel for the public to become directly engaged in open, facilitated, curiosity-driven discussions about the scientific discoveries and technologies that fascinate, enlighten, amuse, befuddle, terrify and otherwise move us. These discussions will cover everything from the origin of the universe to the ethical dilemmas that accompany new reproductive technologies to the magical materials still latent within the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements. No science background required!

Our aim is to give the general public an opportunity to participate in lively and important discussions about the consequential scientific discoveries and issues of our times.


For more information, contact Ivan Amato at


The DC Science Café is a place to blow your mind

while eating, drinking and being merry.


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