Events

On top of all the learning and fun we offer every day, events are even more great reasons to visit Lawrence Hall of science all year and become a Hall member. Bring your family, friends, and students to our maker events, special exhibit happenings, holiday science parties, trips to other UC Berkeley locales and much more.

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Events

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Special Holiday Shopping Event

12/10/2021
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us on Friday, December 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the lobby of The Lawrence for a special […]

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Science at Cal – Microbiomes: From fields of leaves to under the seas

11/18/2021
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

You’ll hear from two scientists who study the bacteria, fungi, and viruses that make up a microbiome. First, Dr. Kyle […]

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Happy, Creepy Halloween

10/30/2021 – 10/31/2021

Celebrate Halloween with the following activities: Watch Pioneers in Engineering launch pumpkins high into the air with their trebuchet Visit […]

Midday Science Cafe – Changing climates, changing landscapes: What does this mean for the future?

10/21/2021
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Dr. Kerri Johnson, a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Berkeley, will then discuss how climate change is projected to make hillslope […]

Two children wear safety goggles while performing a science experiment

Establishing a Culture of Figuring Out in Your Next Generation Science Classroom

10/19/2021

This edWebinar will be of interest to kindergarten through middle school teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, STEM coordinators, summer […]

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Science at Cal – Smoky Skies Ahead: How to Reduce Indoor Smoke Exposure to Improve Public Health during Wildfire Season

09/16/2021
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Berkeley Lab scientist Dr. Jacob Bueno de Mesquita examines the patterns of inhalation exposure from wildfire smoke and the associated […]

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Science at Cal – The Periodic Table: How the Basic Elements of Life are Advancing the Frontiers of Research

08/19/2021
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Berkeley Lab scientist Kathy Shield will walk us through the f-elements, the elusive, and often dismissed, bottom two rows of […]

Grounds for Science – Life Finds a Way and The Impacts of Food Trade

08/12/2021
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Product of Mexico: The Socio-Environmental Impacts of Food Trade Step into any supermarket in the US and you are likely […]

Children playing on the DNA sculpture at the Lawrence

Lecture Series – The Science of Happiness

07/28/2021
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We will zero in on a core finding: that true happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and […]

Grounds for Science presents Representation in Research: The Case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Heart Disease & The Good Side of Viruses: Engineering Viruses for Therapeutic Development

Grounds for Science – Representation in Research and The Good Side of Viruses

04/08/2021
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Grab an after-work beverage of your choice for a fun night of science, trivia, and socializing with two budding UC Berkeley researchers.

Midday Science Cafe presents Adapting to Change: The Future of California's Water-Energy Nexus

Midday Science Cafe – Adapting to Change: The Future of California’s Water-Energy Nexus

04/15/2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Water and energy, two intricately connected systems, are critical to California’s future as we face increasing urbanization and climate change. In this Midday Science Cafe, we’ll hear from two researchers studying the connection between water and energy, or the “water-energy nexus”.

Grounds for Science presents From Brain to Behavior: Using Advanced Technologies to Probe Population Activity in the Brain and Pulling Carbon Out of Thin Air: Strategies from Bacteria, Algae, and Plants

Grounds for Science – From Brain to Behavior & Pulling Carbon Out of Thin Air

07/08/2021
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Grounds for Science presents From Brain to Behavior: Using Advanced Technologies to Probe Population Activity in the Brain featuring April Myers, Vision Science Graduate Group & Pulling Carbon Out of Thin Air: Strategies from Bacteria, Algae, and Plants featuring Julia Borden, Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology.

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FOSS Summer Camp

07/20/2021
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
07/21/2021
8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Science teachers and administrators from grades pre-K through 8 are gathering for a two-day virtual expedition like no other. Join us, either day or both. Huddle ’round the monitor as science education experts share their secrets. And come away prepared to teach hands-on science as never before. Workshop: All Professional Development: FOSS P.D. July 20 – 21, 2021 every day 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Science at Cal Lecture Series presents Monitoring COVID-19 in the San Francisco Bay Area through Sewershed Surveillance

Lecture Series – Monitoring COVID-19 in the San Francisco Bay Area through Sewershed Surveillance

06/23/2021
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Did you know that you have been helping to manage the COVID pandemic, just by going to the bathroom? Since April 2020, a large team of researchers at U.C. Berkeley has been working with local partners to monitor wastewater for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Science at Cal Lecture Series presents Monitoring COVID-19 in the San Francisco Bay Area through Sewershed Surveillance, featuring Dr. Kara Nelson, Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Midday Science Cafe presents Synthetic Biology for a Sustainable Future

Midday Science Cafe – Synthetic Biology for a Sustainable Future

06/17/2021
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Synthetic biology is the design and construction of biological systems, and researchers are using it to solve problems in a wide variety of fields, from medicine, to energy and the environment, to agriculture and beyond. In this Midday Science Cafe, we will hear from researchers making headway in two areas of synthetic biology. Featuring Dr. Yuzhong Liu and Dr. Changman Kim.

Midday Science Cafe presents Harnessing Machine Learning for Science

Midday Science Cafe – Harnessing Machine Learning for Science

05/20/2021
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

How can we improve machine learning to better solve complex scientific problems? By advancing methods that are built to handle sophisticated algorithms and the three-dimensional geometry of physical systems. In this Midday Science Cafe, we’ll learn from two researchers tackling these challenges in order to make machine learning more effective.

TechHive AI

TechHive AI

Explore the intersection of AI and cybersecurity, how it can help protect us, and the potential threats it poses. TechHive AI program for high school juniors and seniors is now accepting applications. Apply by May 17th.

Science at Cal Lecture Series presents The Oakland EcoBlock: A novel approach to building resilient communities

Lecture Series – The Oakland EcoBlock: A Novel Approach to Building Resilient Communities

04/28/2021
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Addressing climate change brings challenges on several different fronts. In this talk, we’ll learn from Dr. Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier about the Oakland EcoBlock project, funded by the California Energy Commission and led by UC Berkeley researchers in collaboration with Berkeley Lab and the City of Oakland, which proposes a way to meet these multiple challenges.

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COVID-19: An environmental and social justice context for learning

04/13/2021
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
04/15/2021
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Topic: COVID-19: An environmental and social justice context for learning What: A series of two 90–min sessions of free, online, […]

Children playing on Pheena the Whale

Mapping for Spatial and Environmental Literacy

03/23/2021
4:00 pm – 03/31/2021
5:30 pm
04/01/2021
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Who: Mini PL Series for 6th-12th grade science, history, math, computer and social science teachers and instructional coaches.  What: Join […]

NYE Day Party

12/31/2020

Thursday, December 31, 2020 NYE Day Party Join us for our annual New Year’s Eve Day Party! This year we […]

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Lunch & Learn: How XR Experiences in Museums Can Support Equity and Inclusion

08/20/2020
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch & Learn: How XR Experiences in Museums Can Support Equity and Inclusion Thursday, August 20, 2020 12:30 p.m. – […]

Reflecting on Fall 2020: Examining High School Science Teaching Practices

12/14/2020
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Monday, December 14, 2020 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Free with registration Join BaySci online on December 14 to reflect […]

Go Carbon Neutral! A Transportation Challenge. A photo of multiple highways criss-crossing a green forest.

Go Carbon Neutral

What will it take to create a carbon-neutral future? UC Berkeley undergraduate students are invited to explore innovation transportation solutions […]

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Virtual Science Spooktacular

10/30/2020
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
10/31/2020
5:30 pm – 10/31/2021
6:30 pm

Friday, October 30, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. $5 per family (free for Members) […]

A young person performing a science experiment using dry ice.

Innovations & Inspirations 2020: A Virtual Benefit Event for the Lawrence Hall of Science

12/08/2020
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 5:00–5:30 p.m., VIP Science Experience 5:30–6:30 p.m., Main Event About the Event 2020 has changed the […]

Investigate and Engage

Enriching, fun, and engaging science activities in-person or all completely online!

Explore The Lawrence

Discover something new, spark your imagination, and get hands-on, feet-on and brain-on when you visit our exhibits for all ages. Explore science by doing science.