STEM Cafes


Feed Your Mind!

Join us for monthly STEM Cafés - fun, casual gatherings where adults can eat, drink, and chat with STEM professionals about the latest scientific research. These events are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase from our host restaurant.

On Tap

Robo Revolution? The Future of Robots in the Home and in the Workplace
June 1, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Eduardo's Restaurant, 214 E Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115

The robots are coming! Machines are increasingly performing tasks once reserved for humans. From assistive robots for people with special needs to workplace replacements, NIU’s Ji-Chul Ryu, a mechanical engineer, and Stephen Haliczer from Information Technology, will explore how advances in robotics are changing the ways we live and work.

In the Hopper (details to follow)

  • Saving the Brain: New Breakthroughs in Alzheimer's Research - June 21, Giovanni's in Rockford
  • Genetics - July TBD
  • Stargazing - August 11, Bliss Creek Gold Course
  • The Ripple Effect - August 27, Lorado Taft Field Campus

Check out this video about our recent Tracking Tornado's STEM Café!

See our past presentations!

For additional information, contact Judith Dymond at 815.753.4751 or

NIU's STEM Café is one of 51 Science Cafés in the United States. For more information about other Science Cafés throughout the world, go to