Science for the Public

Since 1856, the Academy of Science of St. Louis has been a leader in the advancement and integration of science and technology into contemporary society. Today the Academy offers a broad range of science speakers, tours, and community-wide public talks, workshops and citizen science events catering to all ages and backgrounds.

11935036_10153318146463122_5345228161913346843_n (1)Science for the Public opportunities feature smart people on science today and all the cool and trending topics that are shaping our future. From the Higgs boson and the fate of the universe to quantum computing and at public talks and events offered year-round throughout the region, scientists and STEM professionals share all the science you need to know more about.

No-cost science talks and events are open to all.  Junior Academy members, middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Many teachers offer extra credit to students who attend Academy science talks. Visit our calendar to see all our upcoming events. Sign up here to receive public Academy event notices.

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The Academy of Science presents science speakers, community-wide public talks, workshops and panel discussions to increase awareness and understanding of science and its powerful role in our public and private lives. The Academy does not endorse any company, institution, or individual.

Explore all that the Academy has to offer by learning more about our variety of seminar series below. See all our upcoming events by visiting our calendar page.

Funding for Science for the Public is provided in part by Nestle Purina Petcare, The Boeing Company, the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, and the Gertrude and William A. Bernoudy Foundation.


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Art & Science talks explore the role of science and technology in the pursuit, process and production of art that challenges, informs and reflects our lives, culture and thinking.

Held at the Craft Alliance in Grand Center, Art & Science talks are in partnership with Craft Alliance artist exhibitions.


A family-friendly event, The Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz is an exploration and inventory of the biodiversity of urban parks.  Teams of public volunteers led by biologists, naturalists and environmental enthusiasts search natural areas, listing as many different species as they can find.

Held at urban parks and natural areas throughout the region.

1380401_10151793701413122_470304457_nConservation Conversations

Conservation Conversations highlight conservation science and global conservation issues and efforts supported by the Saint Louis Zoo and other wildlife organizations.

Held in the Zoo’s Living World Auditorium, Conservation Conversations are in partnership with the Saint Louis Zoo.

On Science

Informative sessions on the timely topics and pressing issues in science and contemporary society with some of the region’s top scientists and engineers, innovators and inventors.

Talks are at venues throughout the region and in partnership with OASIS St. Louis.

10592838_10152421798668122_6221401036681255105_nOn the Menu: The Science of Food

Explore the science behind the food we eat, from the molecular level to the global perspective, in public seminars, workshops, and trips and tours at venues throughout St. Louis.
Check individual calendar events for location.

stardust3Pioneering Science

Scientists talk with students and adults on tackling current issues and societal concerns and offer advice for students interested in pursuing science careers in provocative seminars and panel discussions.

Held at Kirkwood High School’s Keating Theater, talks are in partnership with the Kirkwood School District.

61925_10151472790313122_982785153_nPerspectives on Science & History

Perspectives on Science and History talks bring together scientific and historic scholarship to offer a fresh look at topics addressed in Missouri History Museum galleries.

Held in the History Museum’s Lee Auditorium, talks are in partnership with the Missouri History Museum.

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Explore the latest in current and trending topics in science in this signature series of public talks featuring scientists of national and international renown.

Held in the Zoo’s Living World Auditorium, Science Seminars are in partnership with the Saint Louis Zoo.

10015637_10152181142183122_231901119149414702_nSpecial Partnership Presentations

Throughout the year, Special Partnership Presentations of the Academy of Science – St. Louis, introduce singular and distinctive opportunities for the public to interact with scientists and science professionals to learn more about issues in science, engineering, medicine and technology.

Held at venues throughout the region, Special Partnership Presentations highlight Academy partners, community and civic organizations and friends.

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