Chicago Science Fest – Saturday, May 30th

A whole daylong smorgasbord of science candy for your brain! Come for something you’re curious about, stay for something you know nothing about. This is a great way to expand your mind with a day of intelligent recreation.

Tickets for each program are $10 in advance / $15 at the door if available. All-day passes are available for $30 / $35 at the door (while available) giving you access to all speakers in both venues (arrive early for guaranteed seating). Reserve seats for yourself and a friend here.

10:00am – 6:00pm
Location: All Saturday events take place at the Chicago Merchandise Mart, between Orleans & Wells St at the Chicago River (map) in the 1871 Tech Incubator and MATTER Chicago Healthcare Incubator on the 12th Floor.

– The Science of GMO food   You can’t have an opinion on it if you don’t really understand how it’s done and how it works. A real expert in crop science, who’s spent decades in this field of research, will explain and answer all your questions.  10:00-11:00am  More details here. Reserve seats here.

The Mysteries of Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Universe  (Do they come from the dark side?) Cosmologists explain how & why they study these invisible aspects of our universe.  10:30am-12noon  More details here. Reserve seats here.

Are you dirty enough? Microorganisms in you, on you, and around you.  Your personal collection of microbial life – your Microbiome – is critical to your health. Come learn all about it from Argonne microbiologist Sean Gibbons. 11:00am-12:00noon More details here. Reserve seats here.

– Meet with founders of some of the hottest tech startups at 1871 and see fun science demos in a mini science & tech expo.  12:00-1:00pm  Details coming soon. Free; no tickets required.

– How, exactly do electric vehicles work? How will current research and developments in battery technology change not just cars, but our entire lives? Get all your questions answered from an Argonne engineering researcher. Plus, you can look under the hood of a Tesla Model S, and even kick the tires if you want!  1:00-2:00pm  More details here. Reserve seats here.

– Pain and Your Brain. “That pain is all in your head” doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. Learn from a neuroscience researcher and a top pain MD where exactly pain exists, why it sometimes won’t go away and how it’s treated.  1:00-2:30pm  More details here. Reserve seats here.

Innovation Among Chimpanzees: it’s what you know and who you know.  What makes some individuals more likely to innovate than others and what environments promote the spread of new innovation?  Hear about the surprising commonalities between chimpanzee and human innovators.  2:00-3:00pm  More details here. Reserve seats here.

– Body and Brain: How using your hands can change your mind  Learn how use of our bodies, our hands, changes the brain and how we think, and the surprising – and potentially serious – implications of handedness.  2:30-3:30pm  More details here. Reserve seats here.

– Math can be as delicious as food. Learn from a mathematician how a function can be a lot like a blender, how logic is like a symphony, how math is not like ornithology but is like gluten-free brownies – and more.  There will even be pie in honor of pi!  3:00-4:00pm  More details here. Reserve seats here.

– The futuristic bionic man is practically here. Learn how & why researchers are putting implants into people’s brains in way that create an actual sensation of touch in prosthetic arms. (Brain implants not included in ticket price.)  3:30-4:30pm More details here. Reserve seats here.

– Detecting the Invisible: Studying the ghostly neutrino particles.  A trillion neutrinos pass through your body every second (zing!) that were created in supernovae, in the center of the sun and at the origin of the universe. But a single neutrino can travel through more than a light-year of lead without leaving a trace. How do we investigate these elusive particles, and what can they tell us?  4:00-5:00pm  More details here. Reserve seats here.

– So You Think You Can Science?  A science knowledge quiz show.  5:00-6:00pm  Grad students/post docs can sign up for a team here. Reserve seats here.


Huge thanks to the Chicago Science Fest sponsors!








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