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CEO Forums

CEO hosts seven forums and two socials from October through May (with a break in January). Events are held on or within walking distance of the UC Berkeley Central campus. Forums are lunchtime presentation/discussions that encourage skill-building and information sharing. Socials are intended to build community and facilitate networking and are usually held at a local bar or pub. Events are open to all and RSVP is not necessary, except when indicated in the event description.

Forums focus on such topics as diversity and broadening participation in STEM, innovations in teaching and learning, informal science education, assessment of learning impacts, implementation of K-12 Next Generation Science Standards, new research in the science of teaching and learning, federal and state STEM education policy, and more. Forums may take the form of single speaker presentations, panels, workshops, or field trips. All events are informal, with ample time dedicated to discussion and idea-sharing. Attendees are welcome to bring their brown-bag lunches to forums.

Forum topics are conceived, planned, and organized by and for CEO members. If you have a topic you’d like to present, please contact CEO co-chairs Kate Spohr or Dan Zevin.

CEO events are ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at


Tuesday, Feb 5, 12 – 1:30 pm
Evaluating the impact and outcomes of STEM programs: A common sense approach. Are your STEM programs, activities, events, courses, curricula really reaching their intended audiences? What are students and other participants actually learning from them? As science educators and outreach specialists, we strive to create high-quality STEM programs that have the greatest possible impact. In this moderated panel presentation, you will learn about the numerous available tools and resources that can help you measure and assess your results. Evaluation professionals and STEM program directors will discuss how to integrate evaluation into your program design; when/how to partner with experts and when it makes sense to conduct your own evaluation; how to use evaluation results to strengthen your project outcomes; and how to communicate impact to stakeholders. Presenters: Kalie Sacco, Lawrence Hall of Science; Rena Dorph, Lawrence Hall of Science; Teresa Barnett, Community Resources for Science (a non-profit science education organization); and Lea Marlor Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (an NSF-funded science center headquartered at UC Berkeley). Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building [map].

Mar 5, 12 – 1:30 pm—TBA

Apr 2, 12 – 1:30 pm—TBA

May 7, 12 – 1:30 pm—TBA

For a list of past CEO forums, visit our event archive.