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Illinois Science Council is excited to partner with the International Museum of Surgical Science for our 2023 Chicago Science Fest!

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On Saturday, June 17, ISC and IMSS present a special afternoon of science immersion featuring fascinating science talks and interactive demos for curious people like you!  Each Chicago Science Festival ticket gives you access to all five presentations by Chicago-area research scientists on a variety of interesting topics. In between talks you can visit an array of cool science demonstrations, and you’ll have access to all the exhibits of the Museum of Surgical Science too.

Plus, to cap off this cornucopia for your curiosity, at 6:00pm you are welcome to join us for the Science Social Hour. You’ll enjoy free beer & wine (21+), other drinks, and snacks while chatting with speakers, other scientists, and lots of science fans. Talks, demos, exhibits, and the social hour are all INCLUDED with every ticket!

You’re guaranteed to have fun and learn something new!

Space is limited. Reserve tickets now at ChicagoScienceFest.org

Get your questions answered in real time by real expert scientists!

1:00 – 2:00pm   AI & Astrophysics – Aleksandra Ćiprijanović, PhD, Associate Scientist, Data Science, Simulation and Learning Division, Computational Science and AI Directorate, Fermi National Accelerator Lab

2:00 – 3:00pm   How do climate change models work and can we trust the AI? Tracking global “weirding” in Chicago – Scott M. Collis, PhD, Head of Geospatial Computing, Innovations, and Sensing Department in the Environmental Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory

3:00 – 4:00pm   Forensic Science and Anthropology – Anne Grauer, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, Loyola University Chicago

4:00 – 5:00pm   The Science of Saving Species — Saving the Puerto Rican Parrot from just 13 birds – Lisa Faust, PhD, Senior Director Population Ecology, Lincoln Park Zoo

5:00 – 6:00pm   How the brain processes photos – What makes an image memorable? – Wilma Bainbridge, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychology, University of Chicago

Demos – all day

  • Experience how cutting-edge Virtual Reality technology is used for surgery
  • Red blood under microscope from Fest volunteers with and without a blood condition
  • Real human and animal brains – up close!
  • Interesting insects from near and far – termites and live Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
  • 3-D printing in action
  • How limb amputations were done in the Civil War
  • The chemistry & physics of crushing cans with H20

THANK YOU to our 2023 Chicago Science Festival sponsors!

We are extremely grateful to the Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation, Conlon Public StrategiesLofty VenturesMetropolitan Brewing, and Blommer Chocolate Company for their support of science outreach and Chicago’s science community.

Interested in being featured as a Science Fest Sponsor? Contact Monica Metzler at mmetzler@IllinoisScience.org.