STEM Cafes


Feed Your Mind!

Join us for monthly STEM Cafés - fun, casual gatherings where adults can eat, drink, and chat with STEM professionals about the latest scientific research. These events are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase from our host restaurant.

On Tap

Market Morph: How the Sharing Economy is Disrupting Traditional Business Models
October 26, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Eduardo's Mexican Restaurant, 214 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115

Why buy a car when you can Uber? Why stay at a hotel when you can borrow a house on Airbnb? Smartphones, GPS, and online payments make it easy to share and rent everything from dogs to diamond necklaces. Join Alex Eddy and Dr. Ursula Sullivan from NIU’s Marketing Department to learn how peer-to-peer business models are uniting consumers, turning profits, and shaking up the economy.

How to Survive the Robot Apocalypse
October 2, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
IMSA Auditorium

Learn about STEM Café's first Teen Cafe here!

In the Hopper (details to follow)

  • Volcanoes - November 
  • Sustainable Food Sourcing - TBD
  • Aerospace - TBD
  • Eclipse in August 2017 - TBD 

Check out this video - What is a STEM Café? 

See our past presentations!

Find out what STEM Cafés are all about.

For additional information, contact Judith Dymond at 779.777.7713 or

NIU's STEM Café is one of 51 Science Cafés in the United States. For more information about other Science Cafés throughout the world, go to