Scientific Events

Weekly Seminar Series
The Danforth Center hosts a weekly scientific seminar series featuring speakers from the Danforth Center and various academic institutions. The series is free and open to the public. 
2019 Schedule

Public Events

Venture Café@39North/Third Tuesday of every month
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. The gatherings facilitate serendipitous collisions that drive creativity, foster collaboration and stimulate investment in innovation. The event is free and open to the public.

Conversation Series
Organized by Danforth Center Friends Committee, these three annual events highlight different facets of the work of the Danforth Center and our partners. Topics include issues of regional and global urgency and feature leading experts in plant science and related disciplines. Reception begins at 5:15 PM and program begins at 6 PM. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Thanks to our media sponsors: St. Louis Public Radio and HEC Media.

2019 programs:
Inside the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), Thursday, October 17. Learn More
Previously this year:
Big Ideas 2.0 Learn More
Connecting Smallholder Farmers to ScienceLearn More
Raspberry Pi Jam  |  a Saturday afternoon in January
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 
Seeds of Change | 
​an evening in May
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. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Learn more
Party with the Plants |  first Friday in June
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 a beautiful location: our native Missouri 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 in spring.
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For questions about scientific seminars:
Kathleen Mackey
(314) 587-1203

For questions about Public Events:
Tam McGuire
(314) 587-1403