Science@Cal is proud to present a series of free, public science lectures on the third Saturday of every month. These talks are given by renowned UC Berkeley scientists and aimed at general audiences.
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Talks take place on the UC Berkeley campus at 11am. Doors open thirty minutes before the talk and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Each talk is planned to last an hour, plus time for at least a few questions at the end. We would like to start the talks on time, and avoid disruption from people entering the auditorium during the talks, so please try to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start. Most talks (see the calendar below for exceptions) take place in Genetics and Plant Biology, Room 100 (see map). Limited hourly pay parking is available on weekends on and nearby campus — please check the signs. We encourage you to take public transport — BART and bus lines are within walking distance. We also record the talks and post them on this site (click on the speaker names for previous months below). If you’re nearby though we encourage you to come to the talks in person!
All our upcoming talks are listed on our Berkeley Events Calendar.
|Jan 21||100 GPB||Diego Melgar||The really big one: Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest|
|Feb 18||131 Campbell Hall||Casey Law||The Fast Radio Burst: An evolving cosmic mystery|
|Mar 18||100 GPB||Inez Fung||Water in Motion: Mysteries of Northern California|
|Apr 15||UC Berkeley||No Talk|
|Apr 22||UC Berkeley||Cal Day|
|May 20||100 GPB||Matt Walker||Why we sleep|
|Jun 17||100 GPB||Anca Dragan|| |
|July 15||100 GPB||Alex Huth|| |
You can watch the videos of previous talks in the series by checking out our Science@Cal Youtube Channel.
2016 Talk Calendar
|Jan 16||159 Mulford Hall||Howard Isaacson||From Puff-Ball Neptunes to Earth-sized Rocky planets: Exoplanets in the Kepler Era|
|Feb 20||159 Mulford Hall||Holger Müller||Shining light on dark matter and dark energy with lasers and atoms|
|Mar 19||159 Mulford Hall||Peggy Hellweg||Earthquakes and you: Be a citizen seismologist!|
|Apr 16||UC Berkeley||Cal Day|
|May 21||159 Mulford Hall||Qingkai Kong||MyShake: Building a smartphone seismic network|
|Jun 18||159 Mulford Hall||Steve Croft|
|Jul 16||159 Mulford Hall||Matt Francis||Using Chemically Modified Biomolecules to Develop New Cancer Therapies|
|Aug 20||159 Mulford Hall|| |
|What we have Learned about Exercise and Physiology at Cal|
|Sep 17||159 Mulford Hall||Mark Richards||What really killed the dinosaurs?|
|Oct 15||159 Mulford Hall|| |
|Nov 19||100 GPB||Jim Bishop||Probing the ocean carbon cycle with autonomous robots|
|Dec 17||100 GPB||Adrian Lee||Cosmic Microwave Background|
2015 Talk Calendar
|Jan 17||100 GPB||Nadav Sorek||Biofuels and DNA sequencing: two sides of the same coin?|
|Feb 21||100 GPB||Dr. Andrew Siemion||Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: The Quest to Find Ourselves Among the Stars|
|Mar 21||100 GPB||Dr. Rebekah Dawson||Exoplanet Surprises|
|Apr 18||UC Berkeley||Cal Day|
|May 16||100 GPB||Raymond Jeanloz||Journey to the Center of Earth|
|Jun 20||100 GPB||David Schaffer & Kevin Whittlesey||Recent Advances in Stem Cell Research|
|Jul 18||100 GPB||Jeff Benca||Jurassic Garden: Decoding how to grow prehistoric plants|
|Aug 15||100 GPB|| |
|Sep 19||100 GPB||Ken Shen||Revealing the Identity of Type Ia Supernovae|
|Oct 17||100 GPB|| |
|Stardust: Analyses of cometary and interstellar dust|
|Nov 21||100 GPB||Itay Budin||Genesis on the benchtop: how do we study the origin of life in the lab?|
|Dec 19||100 GPB||Bob Jacobsen||How to be Really Good at Not Finding Dark Matter|
Cal Day 2013 Videos
Videos from UC Berkeley’s Cal Day open house are also available. You can see Raphael Bousso talk about “Black Holes, Information, and the Quest for a Unified Theory of Nature”, or Adrian Lee talk about “The Microwave Background: A Cosmic Time Machine”.
Archives of 2009 International Year of Astronomy Talks
The Science@Cal lecture series was preceded by a 2009 lecture series presented by the Department of Astronomy as part of the celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. To see videos of these talks, visit the astronomy lecture series website.