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CEO hosts lunchtime community forums on the second Thursday of each month from October through May, noon to 1:30 pm, at various locations on or near the UC Berkeley campus (location info is posted for each event below). Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch.

Forums are intended to bring the community together for discussion, information sharing, and skill building. Forums are open to all. Except where indicated below, no RSVP is required.

Past forums have focused on 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, or workshops. All events are informal, with ample time dedicated to discussion and idea-sharing.

Forum topics are conceived, planned, and organized by and for CEO members. If you would like to present or host a forum session, 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



Thurs, Jan 11 (2018), noon-1:30 pm. From STEM to STEAM: Exploring E&O Opportunities with Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. RSVP REQUIRED (see instructions below). PresenterLynne Kimura, collections engagement associate and academic liaison, BAMPFA. CEO presents a behind-the-scenes visit to the acclaimed Berkeley Art Museum, which curates many exhibits that draw connections between art and science. Presenter Lynne Kimura will describe BAMPFA’s science-related programs, including a sneak preview of the spring 2018 series on Earth, Air, Fire and Water – which will demonstrate both the aesthetic and scientific aspects of the four elements. We’ll also explore ways that CEO and BAMPFA can collaborate to support our related efforts in education, outreach and diversity. Following the session, attendees are encouraged to tour the museum on their own and enjoy the delicious offerings at Café Babette. Admission is free for all CEO participants who RSVP in advance. If you wish to attend, email Dan Zevin, Location: BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley [map].


Thursday, Feb 8, noon-1:30 pm. Incorporating Socio-Scientific Issues to Enhance Student Engagement and Three Dimensional Learning. Presenter: Maia Binding, Curriculum Developer, Lawrence Hall of Science. This interactive workshop focuses on a model inquiry-based middle school unit on ecology developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science and the American Museum of Natural History. The unit is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and weaves in socio-scientific issues that are directly relevant to students’ lives. Pilot testing shows that the unit significantly increases student interest, advances critical thinking, and sparks argument based on evidence. Workshop attendees will participate in a small-group demonstration activity showing how socio-scientific issues are used to encourage deeper engagement with STEM content. Location: 337 Cory, UC Berkeley campus [map].


Thursday, Mar 8, noon-1:30 pm. Elevating the Priority of Science and Environmental Literacy in Schools. Presenter: Vanessa Lujan, Deputy Director of the Teaching and Learning Group, Lawrence Hall of Science. Districts, along with their external partners, must advocate for the implementation of high-quality science education and environmental literacy experiences for all learners. Lujan will present her work with districts that are elevating science and environmental literacy across all sites and grade levels.  Learn and share how stakeholders can advocate and support key district capacities in science education and environmental literacy. Location: 337 Cory, UC Berkeley campus [map].


Monday, Apr 9, noon-1:30 pm. A Conversation with Oscar Dubon, UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion. In this wide-ranging discussion, Vice Chancellor Oscar Dubon will discuss his major priorities for achieving greater equity and inclusion in science and engineering at UC Berkeley. Dubon will be joined by Shaila Kotadia, Director of STEM Planning, who will provide an update on the new STEM Equity & Inclusion Initiative, which aims to strengthen and support UC Berkeley’s STEM diversity programs. Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building [map].


Thursday, May 10, noon-1:30 pm. Science through Story. Presenter: Sara ElShafie, doctoral candidate, integrative biology. This workshop trains participants to share science using story techniques developed in collaboration with artists at Pixar Animation Studios. Participants will learn how to employ these techniques to enhance science teaching and reinforce learning, with tools designed to facilitate creativity and accessibility in science education and outreach. The workshop will combine demos with group discussion and hands-on story development. Location: 337 Cory, UC Berkeley campus [map].


For a list of past CEO forums, go to the CEO topics and speakers archive.