Science Café

The Science Café is a monthly seminar series that encourages a scientific understanding of the world through relaxed discussions of popular science topics. Open to the public, these evening seminars are co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Chapter of Sigma Xi and The Ohio State University Libraries and take place in various OSU libraries. Note: during the summer, Science Café seminars are held in Worthington libraries.

Make sure to put our Upcoming Science Café Seminars on your calendar!


Dr. Lane Wallace, an emeritus professor of pharmacology at The Ohio State University, presents at the Science Cafe about ” The Opioid Crisis”.


To give you an idea of the exciting discussions which you are welcome to join, please browse this list of Previous Science Café Speakers. Here is a quick taster of some previous seminar topics:

  • Ohio State Forests – a Long History of Birth and Re-Growth, seminar by John Dorka
  • Animal Cloning, No Longer Just Science Fiction, seminar by Erin Runcan
  • The Microbiome in Health and Disease: Bugs, Guts, and Drugs, seminar by Nicole Kwiek
  • Starting Off on the Right Paw – The Basics of Puppy Behavior and Problem Prevention, seminar by Meghan Herron
  • Past and Contemporary Climate Change: Evidence from Earth’s Ice Cover, seminar by Ellen Mosley Thompson

If you would like to subscribe to the Science Café mailing list, send an email to, leave the subject line blank, and in the body of the email, put: “subscribe sciencecafe YourFirstName YourLastName”. You will receive confirmation once you have been successfully added to the mailing list. Note: This listserv is for receiving messages about Science Cafe only – you will not be able to send messages to it. If you are interested in speaking, have a topic in mind, or would like to volunteer please email



In a similar format to our Sigma Xi Science Cafe Seminars, another group – known as Columbus Science Pub (CSP) – also holds regular public talks on various scientific topics.  If you are interested in finding out more about this group, please visit their Facebook page for more information.