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,  in October, November, January, February, March, and April. 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.

March Science Café: Sports and Brain Injuries

Wednesday, March 25 | 5:30-7:30 PM

What is the long-term impact of so-called "high-impact" sports, such as football and hockey, on the brains of athletes? Can coaches, doctors and and athletic programs make these sports safe - or safer - for athletes of all ages? Explore some interesting studies on concussions and sports impacts and discuss how these data may affect best practice, treatment and prevention. Join U-M Department of Kinesiology Professor Steven Broglio, Director of U-M's Neurosport Research Laboratory; Darryl Conway, Associate Athletic Director for student athlete health and welfare; and Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, Professor of Neurology in the U-M Medical School and Director of Michigan NeuroSport.

April Science Café: Environmental Impact of Food

Wednesday, April 15 | 5:30-7:30 PM

How and what we eat impact the resources and ‘polluting’ emissions connected to our food system. But with so many options in the marketplace, how can we as eaters know that our choices matter? Is it possible for local “food movement” leaders to influence or change our overall food systems to reduce the environmental impact of our food? Speakers will include Marty Heller of the U-M Center for Sustainable Systems, and Lesli Hoey of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the UM Sustainable Food Systems Initiative.