Welcome to Science Café Merced!

Science Cafés are live—and lively

Science Cafés are events that take place in casual settings such as pubs and coffeehouses, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic.

Science Cafés represent a grassroots movement. They exist all over the world and can vary from place to place. Venues range from a local library or coffee house to a neighborhood bar. Even the names of Science Cafés vary, including Science on Tap, Science Pub, Ask a Scientist, and Café Sci.


Science Café Merced

These events are open to all members of the public. Come by, grab a drink, and bring your questions!

We have a list of upcoming events. And for our past events check out the past schedule. To join the mailing list, sign up here.

Meeting location: Coffee Bandits, 309 W Main Street, Merced, CA 95340

General Meeting Time: 7:00PM to 8:00PM (unless otherwise specified)


Many thanks to the event sponsors, Grad Students Services, the UC Merced Sigma Xi chapter, and the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory. 

Photos thanks to Sierra Nevada Research Institute (Armando Quintero, Andrew Martinez, Erin Stacy, Michelle Gilmore). 


Armando Quintero (Executive Director of UC Merced's SNRI)                 Dr. Clarissa Nobile (Assistant Professor of Molecular And Cell
introduces the Science Cafe guest speaker, August 2015.                        Biology) explains how Biofilm affect industries and personal
                                                                                                                         health, August 2015.


PICA (The Service Dog) Listens intently to the Biofilms talk.                    Holly Swift (UC Merced PhD candidate, Dawson Lab) illustrates
                                                                                                                         the way her study jellyfish move in the water, January 2014.

Local researcher? Scientist? Engineer? Health Professional? If you are interested in being a discussion leader, please contact Erin: estacy@ucmerced.edu.