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

Getting Dirty: How Bacteria Impact and Improve Human Health 
January 18, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Eduardo's Mexican Restaurant, 214 E Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115

Just how clean is too clean? How is the way our children play impacting their health? Join Sherine Elsawa, Assistant Professor of Immunology at NIU, for a discussion on bacteria, the immune system, and the real dirt on being too clean. 

In the Hopper (details to follow)

  • Chocolate - February TBD
  • 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