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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, Dec 14, noon-1:30 pm: STEM in the Media: Insights from KQED Science and UCB Media RelationsAre you a researcher who would like to share your science with a wide audience? Or are you involved in STEM education and outreach and want to connect with the media to highlight your events? This interactive forum will feature: Craig Rosasenior digital editor-KQED Science, and series producer-Deep Look; and Bob Sandersmanager, science communications, UC Berkeley Media Relations. Rosa and Sanders will discuss how to capture the media’s attention and effectively communicate your STEM activities. Location: 375 LeConte Hall, UC Berkeley campus [map].


  • RSVP REQUIRED (see instructions below)
    Thurs, Jan 11 (2018), noon-1:30 pm. From STEM to STEAM: Exploring E&O Opportunities with Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). Featured speaker: Lynne Kimora, collections engagement associate and academic liaison, BAMPFA. CEO is invited to a behind-the-scenes visit to the acclaimed Berkeley Art Museum, which curates many exhibits that draw connections between art and science. BAMPFA is also deeply committed to engaging with students and the community. In this session, we will hear about their 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, all CEO attendees are welcome 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. Space is limited. RSVP to Dan Zevin, Location: BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley [map].


  • Thurs, Feb 8, noon-1:30 pm. Incorporating Relevance to Enhance Students’ Three-Dimensional Learning. Presented by: Maia Binding, Program Director, Lawrence Hall of Science. Location: 337B Cory, UC Berkeley campus.


  • Thurs, Mar 8, noon-1:30 pm. Elevating the Priority of Science and Environmental Literacy in Schools. 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.  Binding 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: 337B Cory, UC Berkeley campus.


  • Thurs, 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 STEM Equity & Inclusion Initiative, launched in 2016, which aims to strengthen and support UC Berkeley’s STEM diversity programs. Location: TBA.

  • Thurs, May 10, noon-1:30 pm. Science through Story. Presented by 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: 337B Cory, UC Berkeley campus.

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