Science Cafés


Science Cafés provide an opportunity for audiences to discuss current science topics with experts in an informal setting. All Science Cafés take place at Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub, 318 South Main Street, Ann Arbor. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 PM; program 6:00-7:30 PM.

For a map of the restaurant location, click Conor O'Neills or select Google Street View for a detailed satellite map. 

Click Previous Science Cafés (PDF)  for a list of past topics.

October Science Café: Science, Politics, and Power

Wednesday, October 21st at 5:30PM

Can research be objective? Should scientists be political? Researchers are embedded in a system of funding dependent on politics and power, and the relationships can be complex. Join John Vandermeer, Asa Gray Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ivette Perfecto, George W. Pack Professor of Ecology, Natural Resources and Environment and graduate student Theresa Ong as they give us some tools for analysis of these relationships. We will discuss the history and reemergence of scientists as advocates and activists, including reflections on more subtle aspects, from funding sources to “actively naive” assumptions about sociopolitical structures.

Co-sponsored by Science for the People

November Science Café: Of Butterflies and Climate Change

Wednesday, November 18th at 5:30PM

We've heard that people sometimes self-medicate, but did you know that Monarch butterflies do also? Join Mark Hunter, Henry A. Gleason Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and graduate student Leslie Decker as we discuss the imperiled migratory Monarch population, and the complex relationships among butterflies, host plants, parasites and predators. How might climate change affect these interactions? What can local individuals and organizations do to help these fragile populations?

Future Dates

January 27, 2016 (TBD)
February 17, 2016
March 23, 2016
April 13, 2016

Topics to be determined