Features

Scientific Events

SEMINAR SERIES  | Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
The Danforth Center hosts a weekly scientific seminar series featuring speakers from the Danforth Center and from academic institutions from around the world. The series is free and open to the public. Current schedule

Public Events  |  All events are free unless otherwise noted. 

VENTURE CAFE @39North      |  Third Tuesday of every month (except December)
Venture Café @ 39 North gatherings are held from 4 PM to 7:30 PM on the third Tuesday of every month at the Danforth Plant Science Center (except in December). The gatherings facilitate serendipitous collisions that drive creativity, foster collaboration, and stimulate investment in innovation. The event is free and open to the public.

RASPBERRY PI JAM
  |  Saturday, February 1
Hands-on science, tinkering, and robotics for the whole family. 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 with fun for all ages. Learn more 

Conversations: INSPIRING TOMORROW’S SCIENTISTS  |  
Thursday, March 12
STEM education for the world with the new Sally and Derick Driemeyer director of education research and outreach, Kris Callis-Duehl, Ph.D.. Organized by Danforth Center Friends Committee, the three annual Conversations events highlight different facets of the work of the Danforth Center and our partners. Reception begins at 5:15 PM and program begins at 6 PM. Past events. Media sponsors: St. Louis Public Radio and HEC Media.

PLANTFEST  |  
Saturday, May 9 
Plant a seed, extract DNA, and engage in family-friendly and hands-on fun with plant science. Join us for this first-annual event to demonstrate the vital importance of plant science research and education for St. Louis and beyond. 

SEEDS OF CHANGE: SUSAN HOCKFIELD, Ph.D.  |  Thursday, May 14 
MIT president emerita Dr. Susan Hockfield speaks on her recent book The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution. 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. Past events. Media sponsors: St. Louis Public Radio and HEC Media. 

PARTY WITH THE PLANTS   |  Friday, June 5 | Ticketed (sales open in April)
Cocktails and music to support STEM education and research at the Center. The Danforth Center Young Friends host an unforgettable night of drinks, music, magic, and mingling. Party with the Plants gives attendees the chance to meet and socialize with the cutting-edge scientists of the Danforth Center in our  beautiful building and prairie. The event raises funds for the Innovation Fund and STEM education and outreach. It's a good time for a good cause. Tickets available starting April. Past event.

Conversations: CANNABIS, A NEW FRONTIER  |  Thursday, August 20
Fact versus fiction about medical cannabis and commercial hemp in Missouri, featuring Danforth Center principal investigators Toni Kutchan, Ph.D. and Brad Evans, Ph.D.. Organized by Danforth Center Friends Committee, the three annual Conversations events highlight different facets of the work of the Danforth Center and our partners. Reception begins at 5:15 PM and program begins at 6 PM.Past eventsMedia sponsors: St. Louis Public Radio and HEC Media. 

Conversations: SEEING THE UNSEEN  |  Thursday, October 15
Bioimaging, robotics, and predictive analytics reveal the hidden world of plants, featuring Danforth Center principal investigators Kirk Czymmek, Ph.D. and Malia Gehan, Ph.D. Organized by Danforth Center Friends Committee, the three annual Conversations events highlight different facets of the work of the Danforth Center and our partners. Reception begins at 5:15 PM and program begins at 6 PM. Past eventsMedia sponsors: St. Louis Public Radio and HEC Media. 

Contact 

For questions about scientific seminars:
Kathleen Mackey
(314) 587-1203
kmackey@danforthcenter.org















For questions about Public Events:
Tam McGuire
(314) 587-1403 
tmcguire@danforthcenter.org