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Grounds for Science

Grounds for Science

Grounds for Science is a talk series that features young Cal researchers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community. This series provides an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to share their research with a non-technical but science-enthused audience. The ability to effectively communicate highly specialized research in a way that is accessible to everyone is a powerful skill. In many academic settings, young researchers are not provided with opportunities to gain proficiency in this type of communication. Rather, they learn to associate scientific communication with defending the validity and worth of their work to other scientists or funding agencies. We seek to rekindle in young scientists the excitement of sharing their knowledge with people who are enthusiastic about receiving it. In accordance with all Science at Cal events, this series aims to engage and inform the public about the cool and cutting-edge science ongoing at Berkeley and about fascinating science topics in general.

To these ends, we organize our events to be comprised of short, interactive presentations in an informal cafe environment, and to encourage open discussion between the speakers and the public. Speakers are advised to give 20-minute presentations, during which audience members are urged to interrupt the speaker to ask questions and gain clarification. The speakers also mingle and converse with audience members after their talks.

The series takes place at Scarlet City Espresso Bar in Emeryville, a science-fiction-themed cafe that offers a small, intimate environment, home-roasted coffee, select beers and snacks, and a collection of sweet pinball machines.



Oct 14, 2016 – Seeing the Unseen

With Sam Kenny and Rachel Thayer

Invisibility Cloaks?

April 21, 2016 – Materials for Future Technology

With Sonia Travaglini & Zi Jing Wong


June 24, 2016 – Extinction!

With Courtney Sprain & Natalia Villavicencio

CRISPR/cas 9

Aug 26, 2016 – CRISPR/Cas9

From Bacterial Defense to Gene Editing Revolution – With Alexandra Seletsky

Jan 13, 2017 – Neural machinery

Natural and designed. With Tomer Langberg and Ryan Neely

Climate Modelling

March 24, 2017 – Energy and Atmosphere

Planning for a safe future. With Alexis Shusterman and Chris Keckler

Metrology and Time Crystals

April 28, 2017 – Metrology and time crystals

Physics in Practice – With Eric Copenhaver and Thomas Mittiga

May 26, 2017 – Juggling memories

Juggling memories in time and space – With Lisa Johnson

June 23, 2017 – Pollution in our sky and superhero flies

Grounds for Science

Pollution in our sky and superhero flies

with : Nick Jourjine & Tamara Sparks 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Scarlet City Espresso Bar

3960 Adeline Street

Emeryville, ...