Cafe Events

The South Bend Science Cafe meets on the second Monday of each month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Chicory Cafe in downtown South Bend.

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Please e-mail Jessica Baron at for more information.

Coming soon: Do you want to start a science cafe in your town? Stay tuned for resources on what we’ve learned over the last 14 month including advice on incorporating the humanities and social sciences into science cafes! 

Upcoming events: 

November 10, 2014

creppTopic: Developing new technologies and observational techniques to detect faint substellar companions that orbit nearby stars
Dr. Justin Crepp, Department of Physics, Notre Dame
6pm, Chicory Cafe

Let’s geek out to astrophysics!

Previous events: 

October 13, 2014
Topic: Ebola
Dr. Robert Shahelin, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend & Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Notre Dame
6pm, Chicory Cafe

September 8, 2014

Topic: ”Do monkeys throw poop? And other misconceptions from the field”!
Amy Klegarth, Graduate Students, Biological Sciences, Notre Dame
6pm, Chicory Cafe

Let’s geek out to field work!

July 14, 2014

Topic: Underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM
Jessica Baron, Outreach and Communications, Reilly Center at Notre Dame and Director for Media and Engagement at History of Science Society


June 9, 2014

geelsTitle: ”Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Good Design: a conversation on energy strategies”
Jonathon Geels, Landscape Architect, Troyer Group
6pm, Chicory Cafe

Let’s geek out to sustainable development! 
May 12, 2014

Topic: Climate chance adaptation
Title: “Helping Nature Adjust to Climate Change—Can we? Should we?”
Jessica Hellmann, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame
6pm, Chicory Cafe

Let’s geek out about ecology!

April 14th, 2014

Topic: Frankenstein
Yasmin Solomonescu, Assistant Professor of English, Notre Dame
In conjunction with One Book, One Michiana
6pm, Chicory Cafe


March 10th, 2014
Topic: K-12 science education
“Top 5 reasons to stop using the 5-step scientific method”
Greg Macklem, Society Coordinator for the History of Science Society (and former math and biology teacher at Elkhart Memorial High School)
6pm, Chicory Cafe

Let’s geek out to teaching science!


February 24, 2014 (this is the rescheduled cafe from 2/10/13)
jessicapayne_1_Topic: Sleep, stress, and memory
“Sleep on it! There’s more to it than just the old adage”
Jessica Payne, Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology, University of Notre Dame
6pm, Chicory Cafe
Click here for the event link.

Let’s geek out to sleep studies! 

Special event: February 22, 2014

author_photo_BW 300dpiBook reading and signing with the authors of the World of Arcas series, Benji and Ila Woolet
Open to all ages, but this is our first event designed specifically for young adults.
3pm, Chicory Cafe
Click here for the event link
See the authors talk about Science Cafe on WSBT here.

Let’s geek out to sci-fi/fantasy! 

January 13, 2014

Brian DavisTopic: Geysers and models
Brian Davis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at IUSB
6pm, Chicory Cafe

Let’s geek out about physics! 


December 9, 2013

murrayTopic: How archaeological evidence makes us rethink human history, Title TBA.
Sarah Murray, Department of Classics, Notre Dame
6pm, Chicory Cafe

Let’s geek out about Greek archaeology!


November 11, 2013

Don Howard“Robots on the Road: The moral imperative of the driverless car”
Don Howard, Director of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values and Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame
6pm, Chicory Cafe

Let’s geek out to emerging technologies!

Interested in learning a bit about this topic before the event?
Click here for a recent blog post by our speaker, Dr. Don Howard.
Click here for the Reilly Center’s resource page on autonomous vehicles.

October 14, 2013:
Marya“Finding fake drugs:  bringing chemistry out of the lab and into the world”
Marya Lieberman, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Reilly Fellow at Notre Dame
6pm, Chicory Cafe
Let’s geek out about chemistry!

September 9, 2013:
chuck“Celebrating the Uncertainty of Science: Comet Festival 2013″
Chuck Bueter, Organizer of the Comet Festival  (
6pm, Chicory Cafe
Let’s geek out about astronomy!

See coverage of the event:
South Bend Tribune
University of Notre Dame