Science on Tap

science on tap logoWe’re exploring the space where science and culture intersect, and we’re doing it over drinks.

Grab a brew (or root-brew!) and meet us online OR onsite. This Carpenter lecture series features some of the best minds in science. From the sensation of being hugged by an octopus to quantum mechanics, Science on Tap looks to answer questions you never knew you had!

Paul Sereno"Africa’s Lost World"
Paul Sereno, PhD, Paleontologist, Archaeologist, and Explorer

Just back from a thrilling expedition, Paul takes you along on the hyper-challenges and adventure of excavating 55 tons of new dinosaurs throughout three months in the heart of the Sahara with the best team he has ever assembled.

About the Speaker

Paul Sereno grew up in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, and studied art and biology as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University. A behind-the-scenes museum tour opened his eyes to a life of science, art, and adventure. Sereno has studied dinosaur fossils in far-flung collections in China and Mongolia while earning a doctorate at Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In 1987, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, where he teaches paleontology and evolution. Sereno co-founded Project Exploration, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the wonders of science to the public and providing opportunities in science for city kids. Discoverer of dinosaurs on five continents and leader of dozens of expeditions, Sereno is a National Geographic Society esteemed Explorer-in-Residence.

Date and Time

Thursday, April 18, 2024
6-7 p.m. Onsite Social Hour
7-8 p.m. Lecture

Cost and Tickets

Onsite Tickets
Virtual Tickets

Level Onsite Cost Virtual Cost
Non-Member $10 $5
Member $5 Free
Sustainer+ Member* Free Free

*Sustainer+ members must reserve their free onsite tickets by calling reservations at 414-278-2728.
Groups of 10+ must reserve their virtual tickets by calling reservations at 414-278-2728.

**Please note, this webinar will not be recorded and must be watched live. There will be no access to a recording afterward.​​**

Past Events
  • February 8, 2024Jeffrey McKinnon - "Our Ancient Lakes"
  • October 19, 2023 - Dr. Melinda Soares-Furtado - "Devoured Worlds: Investigating Planetary Ingestion Events"
  • May 4, 2023Javier Ortega-Hernandez - "Breathing New Life Into the Earliest Animals"
  • November 10, 2022Jason Baldes - "Land Rematriation and Tribal Buffalo Restoration"
  • October 27, 2022Raja Chari - "Perspectives from Living on the International Space Station"
  • September 23, 2022William W. Fitzhugh - "Narwhal"
  • May 19, 2022 - John Hawks - "Discovering Human Ancestors in the Caves of South Africa"
  • February 24, 2022 - Jingmai O'Connor - "The Evolution of Dinosaurian Flight"
  • October 21, 2021Corey Jaskolski - "Exploring the Deep"
  • April 29, 2021 - Thor Hanson - "Common Wonders"
  • February 18, 2021Robin Wall Kimmerer - "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants"
  • October 22, 2020Nalini M. Nadkarni - "Tapestry Thinking: Weaving the Threads of Rainforests and Humans"
  • January 16, 2020 -  Dr. Jo Handelsman  -  "Soil: A Precious Resource Under Threat"
  • October 17, 2019 - Dr. Cheryl Y. Hayashi - "Secrets of Spider Webs"
  • April 11, 2019Dr. Mark Siddall  - "Toxic Tales Through Time"
  • February 21, 2019 - Corey Jaskolski - "Technology for Exploration"
  • November 15, 2018 - Dr. Merlin Tuttle -  "The Incredible World of Bats — Why We Need Them"
  • March 29, 2018 -  Dr. Takeshi Inomata - "Clues to the Origins of Maya Civilization Revealed"
  • November 2, 2017 - Dr. Justin Vandenbroucke - "Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole"
  • September 28, 2017Mary Roach -  "Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War"
  • April 27, 2017Jennifer Casey - "The Nature of Slow Food"
  • March 16, 2017 - Michael E. Mann, PhD - "The Madhouse Effect"

And more!

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