Chicago Science Expo 2019

Chicago Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Illinois Science Council invites you to the 5th annual Chicago Science Fest Expo Day!

On Saturday, May 18, come for a FULL DAY of fascinating science talks and interactive demos for curious people like you! One ticket gives you access to ALL the talks by fascinating Chicago-area scientists — visit as many as you like. In between talks you can visit an array of cool demonstrations. Doors open and demos start at 10:30am; talks begin at 11:00am. (Scroll down for special ScienceSweepstakes info!)


11:00AM – 12 noon

Doug Sisterson, MS

“Are you sure YOU understand Climate Change? Explaining Climate Change and Finding Solutions”

Tanya Berger-Wolf, PhD

 “Tracking endangered species by their spots! Individual whale sharks, turtles, giraffes, whales, and more monitored in the wild using AI and Citizen Science”

12noon – 1:00PM

Thomas Wall, PhD

“What Climate Change Means for Infrastructure and the Built Environment — Can we engineer our way out of this?”

Sliman Bensmaia, PhD

“Brains and Bionic Hands — Artificial Touch and the Neuroscience of Prosthetics”

1:00PM – 2:00PM

Kristian Hammond, PhD

“Language and Artificial Intelligence – communication, connecting, and the practical applications of machine-generated language”

Elizabeth Addington, PhD

“Don’t Call Me Pollyanna: The Science of Positive Emotions, Stress, and Health”

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Ben Zhao, PhD

 “Dangers & Risks of Artificial Intelligence — Insecurity & Hacking of Systems”

Cathryn Nagler, PhD

“Food Allergies and the Microbiome — What’s the connection? What’s the answer?”

3:00PM – 4:00PM

Wesley Robert Ketchum, PhD

“Tracking the Elusive Neutrino Particle — the physics of a subatomic trip from Fermilab and supernovas to a gold mine in South Dakota”

4:00PM – 5:30PM

Rebecca Thompson, PhD

“Science of Superheroes: Wonder Woman vs. Captain Marvel — Who’s faster? Who’s stronger?”

**  Free pizza and beverages during Science Happy Hour after last talk of the day. **



Protein-rich ‘future of food’ – Edible Insects with Michael Sherrillo

Do-It-Yourself synthetic biology with

Prosthetic Limbs – Center for Bionic Medicine at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Extract Visible DNA with Terese Geraghty of Rush University

See What’s Living in your Water with Erika Szotek of Roosevelt University

Examine real brains of different species – with Northwestern University Brain Awareness Outreach

3-D Printing with Carla Thacker of MSI

Messing with your motor cortex – prism goggles with NUBAO



One lucky science fan will win a complimentary night for two at the boutique Chicago Hotel EMC2 – the intersection of art & science – including breakfast in The Albert, EMC2’s book-lined restaurant. (One entry per ticket purchased. Official Rules here. See official rules for free entry chance.)

Big thanks to our ISC’s sponsors who make Chicago Science Fest possible!

All Science Fest Sponsor Logos 5-13-19

(Interested in sponsorship? Contact Monica Metzler at


Our weeklong series of festivities for Chicago Science Fest 2019 begins May 14 and includes: a Scientist Walks Into The Hideout Bar (details HERE); Chemistry of Beer (details HERE); Spectrometry Lab Tour & Experiments (details HERE); AI at Argonne Lab (details HERE). Check out all the events at

Special all week 5/13-18/2019 at The Albert restaurant — Mention Illinois Science Council and get 10% off your bill! Try the custom science week cocktail, the Human Flight Machine

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