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

Volcanoes! Science, Sci-Fi, and the Study of Our Explosive Earth
November 16, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Fatty's Pub and Grille, 1312 W Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115

Dr. Jim Walker, a volcanologist from NIU’s Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, will share “hot” facts about volcanic eruptions, eruption prediction, and the effects of volcanoes on climate and the environment. Special guest Mike Mullin will also be on hand to discuss how he blended science and fiction to create his popular YA novel Ashfall, which takes place in the aftermath of the eruption of the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park.

In the Hopper (details to follow)

  • Synthetic Biology - January 
  • Sustainable Food Sourcing - TBD
  • Glaciers - TBD
  • Chocolate - TBD 
  • Aerospace - TBD
  • Eclipse in August 2017 - TBD 

Check out this video - What is a STEM Café? 

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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