Scientific Events

Weekly Seminar Series
The Danforth Center hosts a weekly scientific seminar series featuring speakers from the Danforth Center and various academic institutions. The series is free and open to the public. 
2019 Schedule
Confocal Microscopy Workshop | June 25 and June 29
This short course, offered by the Danforth Center's Integrated Microscopy Facility, provides a solid background on the use of light microscopy, especially confocal microscopy, as a tool to study cell and molecular biology.
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Fall Symposium | September 26 - 28
Each year The Danforth Plant Science Center hosts a fall scientific symposium. The annual event provides an opportunity for a diverse group of scientists from private research, industry and academia to interact and learn from influential experts from across the world who present on a wide range of topics within plant science.
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Public Events

Venture Café Night @ 39 North |  Third Tuesday of the month, 4:30PM - 7:30 PM
Venture Café Nights are informative and interactive sessions with networking opportunities that facilitate serendipitous collisions to drive creativity, foster collaboration and stimulate investment in innovation. The event is held on the third Tuesday of every month and is free and open to the public.

Conversation Series
Organized by Danforth Center Friends Committee, these three annual events highlight different facets of the work of the Danforth Center and partners. Topics include issues of regional and global urgency and feature leading experts in plant science and related disciplines. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are complimentary but required.

Upcoming programs:

Thursday, March 7, 5:15 reception, 6 PM program: Big Ideas 2.0

The Donald Center is grateful for the ongoing support of St. Louis Public Radio and HEC-TV for its broadcasts of the program.

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Seeds of Change

Organized by the Danforth Leadership Council, the annual Seeds of Change program is a networking and education event featuring a visiting high-level thought leader. Typical programs energize the audience with inspirational stories, uniting people to work in collaboration toward common goals that connect with the Danforth Center's values and mission. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are complimentary but required. 
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Canceled due to inclement weather -  Vino & Vinyasa: Yoga @ the Danforth Center | Thursday, November 15, 6:30 PM
Enjoy bending and breathing through an hour-long, all-levels yoga class at the Danforth Center. Hosted by the Young Friends of the Danforth Center, the evening includes networking and a post-yoga cocktail reception with Danforth Center scientists.
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Party with the Plants |  2019 date to be announced soon
The Danforth Center Young Friends host an unforgettable night of drinks, music, and mingling. Designed for dynamic professionals age 40 and under, Party with the Plants gives attendees the chance to meet and socialize with the cutting-edge scientists of the Danforth Center in a beautiful location: our native Missouri prairie.

Bio Bash |  January 24, 2019
Join our Committee for Science Training and Mentoring for their annual community-driven networking event for scientists and researchers in the St. Louis area. Bio Bash will include a career panel, job fair and complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Scientists in all levels of their fields are welcome!
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Raspberry Pi Jam
 |  January 26, 2019
The annual Raspberry Pi Jam brings together students, educators, makers, scientists and community members of all ages interested in the world of scientific innovation and robotics. The Raspberry Pi microcomputer is a technology used by educators, scientists and hobbyists to construct low-cost hardware and software engineering tools. Features hands-on science and engineering tinkering at a variety of stations. 
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Ag Innovation Showcase |  September 10 - 12
Celebrating 10 years, the Ag Innovation Showcase is the nation's premier event for the discussion and showcasing of innovations in the agtech space, connecting talented innovators with influential investors to help create sustainable solutions in the industry. Drawing people from across the globe, the annual event features a diverse array of speakers, entrepreneurs, academics and industry leaders. On tap at the Showcase are cutting edge solutions in agriculture including microbials, genomics, phenotyping, data and machine learning, soil health, and more. The event is hosted by Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, BRDG Park and the Larta Institute.
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For questions about scientific seminars:
Mary Fenner
(314) 587-1430 

For questions about Public Events:
Tam McGuire
(314) 587-1403