Arizona Science Café

Listen and learn about our cutting-edge research, get to know the faces behind the science, ask questions and deepen your understanding of the world around you. 

Borderlands Science Cafe

The UA Science Café Series brings the community together with UA scientists and graduate students at five casual venues around Tucson.

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Why There is No Planet B

Learn of the cutting-edge science happening at the world’s largest, longest, and most important closed ecosystem study ever: Biosphere 2. Essential environmental systems impact our quality of life through the air, water, soil, and biodiversity. Lessons from this model of Biosphere 1, our planet Earth, shed light on how we must endeavor to reconnect to the natural world if we hope to adapt to a changing climate.

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Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill

Tumamoc Hill

New Explorations on the Río Mayo

The Río Mayo drainage of the Sierra Madre mountains near Álamos, Sonora, Mexico, is a convergence zone of astonishing biological and cultural diversity. Research into this unique and imperiled ecosystem at the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill extends back to the 1940s. Please join the Desert Laboratory and The Southwest Center for this series as we venture back to the Río Mayo and hear from a diversity of researchers and community members who will highlight new explorations, biocultural understandings, and efforts to preserve the tropics next door. Limited seating, for reservations contact: or 520-629-9455

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Borderlands Brewing

Borderlands Brewing Tucson

Water, Water Everywhere - But Will it Always Be?

Scientists have long realized water’s vitality, but its patterns—from rivers to rain and more—are becoming harder to predict. The water norms we grew up with aren’t the norms of the future or even the present. Researchers in the Carson Scholars program are working to understand how changes in water fluctuation and frequency will effect humans, animals and places. By looking at different ecosystems and different “kinds” of water, and by working with those who have to adapt, we are getting closer to understanding what the future might hold. In this series, we will talk water and life, from Africa to Arizona and from ice ages to ice melt.

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Magpie’s Gourmet Pizza Downtown Location

Magpies Gourmet Pizza Downtown

Our Blue Planet: Ocean Science Finds Answers

Humans live on land, yet we depend on the world’s oceans for our survival. Fully 71% of the Earth’s surface is ocean! That’s why Earth is called the Blue Planet. Those vast bodies of water help to keep our planet cool, they balance the chemistry of our atmosphere, they drive the water cycle that brings us rain and snow. Not only are oceans crucial for the health of the planet, they are also home to a marvelous abundance of species and ecosystems, a cradle of life.

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Desert View Performing Arts Center SaddleBrooke

SaddleBrooke Science Café

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.

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Past Science Café events

Magpies Science Cafe

Missed a café? you can find video recordings of each café on our Youtube page!

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Upcoming Science Café Events

event title Event details
Multiple Ways of Knowing
Dra. Teresa Valdivia, Instituto de Estudios Antropológicos, Universidad Autónoma de México
Series: New Explorations on the Río Mayo
Date/time: December 11th, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Location: Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill
Building Resilient Reefs: Biosphere 2 and Beyond
Katie Morgan, Manager of Marine Systems, Biosphere 2, University of Arizona
Series: Our Blue Planet: Ocean Science Finds Answers
Date/time: December 17th, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Location: Magpie’s Gourmet Pizza
Fixing Conservation with Duct Tape: A Story of Science, Zoos, and Snakes
Brian Blais, Ph.D. Student, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona
Series: Water, Water Everywhere - But Will it Always Be?
Date/time: December 12th, 2019 | 6:00 pm
Location: Borderlands Brewing


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