UPDATE: We are delighted to announce a 3 part-series of “live” online science talks given by University of Arizona researchers, formerly scheduled to give presentations at one of our four public venues. Each week showcases a different field of cutting-edge science. Follow along as we explore the Biosphere 2 Rainforest, desert grasslands at risk and learn about the fundamentals of aging.

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College of Science Café Series

Meet University of Arizona Scientists doing cutting-edge research in a casual setting. Get to know the people behind the science, ask questions and learn about connections between research and our everyday lives. The College of Science works with local, community partners to provide these rich experiences to the public at no cost to participants.

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The University of Arizona Science Café Series brings the community together with Arizona scientists and graduate students at four casual venues around Tucson. See this year's brochure.

Borderlands Brewing

The Frontlines in our Future

As societies and the challenges they face grow increasingly complicated, the climate emergency sharpens the need to understand those challenges and tackle solutions that are just, equitable and doable. From hurricane damages to missing histories, from urban storm water flooding to banana extinctions, this series from the Carson Scholars Program explores problems and solutions in there here-and-now...and for the long tomorrow.

The second Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM
9/20, 2/13/20, 3/19/20, 4/9/20

Borderlands Brewing, 119 E. Toole Ave., Tucson, AZ

*Occurs on the third Thursday of March

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Human Disease: Pathways to Cures

In this series, a team of researchers from the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology will shed light on our current understanding of human biology and disease. Our speakers will cover topics on basic cell biology, genetic testing and mechanisms of age related disease. Insights to cures and healthy aging will be revealed.

The second Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM 
1/9/20, 2/13/20, 3/19/20

 Desert View Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive, Tucson, AZ

*Occurs on the third Thursday of March

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SaddleBrooke Science Café

Downtown Science Café

From Science to Stewardship: Earth Science In Action

How do we build a bridge from scientific knowledge to environmental action? This series will look at how scientific research can help us find the path to a sustainable future, how research informs land management policy, and how we use STEM knowledge to conserve and restore the natural ecosystems that we depend on to survive. The researchers in this series have all found ways to apply what they have learned through science. They share science to help society make the best decisions about how we use our land and water to shape a healthy world for all living things. Learn about the journey from Science to Stewardship in this new Science Café series!

The third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM
1/21/20, 2/20/20*, 3/17/20, 4/21/20

Magpies Gourmet Pizza 4th Ave., 605 N. 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ

*Occurs on the fourth Thursday of February

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Vital Signs: Diagnosis for the Future of Tropical Rainforests

This series is inspired by the Brazilian, landscape architect and avid conservationist, Robert Burle Marx, currently on exhibit. The quest to understand the complexity and diversity of tropical rainforests rages on, especially in the face of growing global threats. Researchers will present findings from studies ranging in high tech, remote sensing that measures plant diversity, impacts of deforestation in the Amazon and Biosphere 2 Rainforest trends in carbon and water cycling.  We'll conclude the series with a local study questioning if rainwater harvesting in landscape design may reduce reliance on groundwater. 

The first Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM
2/6/20, 3/5/20, 4/2/20, 5/7/20

Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ

Series special offer! Guests of the Science Cafe are invited to stroll the gardens after the talk, courtesy of the Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Science Café @ the Garden


Missed a café? You can find recordings of each café on our Youtube channel!

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