The Science@Cal Lecture Series

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. To sign up for our email list and receive notification about future talks, please visit our mailing list page and enter your email details. We won’t sell or give away your email and we won’t send you lots of messages.

Talk Details

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. For 2015, most talks take place in 100 GPB (Genetics and Plant Biology Building), on the north-west corner of the UC Berkeley campus (see map), but some do not - please check the calendar below. 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, and our Science@Cal Blog.

2015 Talk Calendar

Date Venue Speaker Topic
Jan 17 100 GPB Dr. Nadav Sorek Biofuels and DNA Sequencing: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Feb 21 100 GPB Dr. Andrew Siemion The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Mar 21 100 GPB Dr. Bekki Dawson Planet Formation
Apr 18 UC Berkeley Cal Day UC Berkeley’s Open House (no Science@Cal Lecture in April)
May 16 100 GPB Raymond Jeanloz Journey to the Center of the Earth
Jun 20 TBD
Jul 18 TBD
Aug 15 100 GPB TBD
Sep 19 100 GPB TBD
Oct 17 100 GPB TBD
Nov 21 100 GPB TBD
Dec 19 100 GPB TBD

Previous Talks

You can watch the videos of previous talks in the series by checking out our Science@Cal Youtube Channel.

Other Talk Videos

You can also check out the video of “The Great Debate: Are We Alone?” with Geoff Marcy and Dan Werthimer discussing the existence of intelligent life in our Galaxy, and a lecture by Geoff Marcy on the “Discovery of the First Earth-Size Planets and Prospects for Life in the Universe”. Thanks to Chris Klein, Andrew Siemion, and James Anderson for producing these videos.

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.


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