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

Our Icy Planet: The Future of the Cryosphere in a Warming World
December 7, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Eduardo's Mexican Restaurant, 214 E Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115

We depend on ice for everything from fresh drinking water to moderate temperatures to agricultural sustainability. Join Ross Powell from NIU’s Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences to explore how ice levels have varied throughout history, how ice has shaped human activity, and how the fate of the cryosphere is tied to the fate of humanity itself.

In the Hopper (details to follow)

  • Synthetic Biology - January 
  • Sustainable Food Sourcing - TBD
  • Chocolate - TBD 
  • Aerospace - TBD
  • Eclipse in August 2017 - TBD 

Check out this video - What is a STEM Café? 

See our past presentations!

Find out what STEM Cafés are all about.

For additional information, contact Judith Dymond at 779.777.7713 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