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

Food for Thought: A Tale of Apples and Oranges
July 11, 2018  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant
206 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115

From Artic apples to citrus greening-resistant oranges, genetic modification is protecting our produce from blight, pests and possible extinction. Join Dr. Joel Stafstrom, a plant expert in the NIU Department of Biological Sciences, to learn how GMOs are made, regulated, and tested.

In the Hopper (details to follow)

  • Stargazing - August 12
  • Fatal Diseases of the Past - What Has Changed?

  • Automobile Industry and Sharing Economy

  • Music and Mental Health
  • Synthetic Biology

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 815-753-4751 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

Teen Cafés

NIU Teen STEM Cafés are designed by students with students in mind. As with our traditional STEM Cafés, our Teen STEM Cafés highlight hot topics in STEM. Our Teen STEM Cafés are offered in partnership with the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) and supported by Caterpillar.

Teen Cafés are open to the public, but registration is required. Check back regularly for upcoming events and registration details.

NIU and IMSA are recruiting more high schools for the 2018-19 school year. Contact Judith Dymond at if your school or organization would like to host an event, involve your teens in the Teen Café Leadership Team, or with questions.