Science Pub RVA creates causal opportunities for curious citizens and local scientists to connect over a sip of some sort. No science background is needed. Participants/attendees can just hang out and listen-in, or help create the conversation by asking questions and piping-up with their thoughts and experiences. Science Pub RVA especially welcomes folks who don’t typically have the opportunity to discuss scientific topics. 

What to expect

Relaxed events with the structured portion of the gathering lasting about an hour plus time to socialize, if you wish. Most often, a scientific thinker talks briefly about a specific subject and then we have a moderated discussion on whatever aspects of the topic folks are most curious. Pub is in our name, but sipping a glass of water at these gatherings is completely copacetic. Bring some moola if you want to quench your thirst another way or chew on something in addition to an interesting topic.

Science Pub RVA happenings 

Welcome everyone, encourage curiosity & aspire for conversation.
Are not club meetings for scientists & science majors.
Are designed for non-scientists to enjoy a night out, an interesting topic and connecting with others in a relaxed atmosphere. .


By far, the most gratifying accolades we receive are comments and notes from people expressing enjoyment and appreciation for having been to a Science Pub RVA event. Other distinctions include:


Science Pub RVA held its first public event in June 2012. Since then, more than 1,300 curious minds have participated in 20 public events designed for adults. Science Pub RVA has collaborated with or showcased researchers, educators and practitioners from NASA Langley, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Randolph-Macon College, University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation. Science Pub RVA was founded by Cynthia J. Gibbs who is reachable at sciencepubrva@gmail.com

Program and Event Sponsors Needed

Are you enthusiastic about promoting meaningful dialogue in our community? Eager to champion scientific understanding? Thirsty to connect with people who love to learn and discuss ideas? A little can go a long way. Science Pub RVA welcomes sponsors and hosts. Email sciencepubrva@gmail.com to learn more.

Location of Science Pub RVA happenings

Science Pub RVA events rotate around town. Most past events have been in the Museum District at The Camel, which we think of as home base. Science Pub happenings have also occurred in Short Pump’s Keagan’s Irish Pub, Westhover Hills’ Taza Coffee n Crème, Lakeside’s Brookside Grill & Bar and The Community Idea Station in North Chesterfield. If you’re interested in hosting a future Science Pub RVA event, email sciencepubrva@gmail.com to explore the possibility.


Broaden the Richmond citizenry that is informed by science, convinced of its value and engaged with its applications.


Science Pub RVA #4      October 2012
                                                                                             Photo by:  Cynthia J. Gibbs     All Rights Reserved


Other Active Science Cafes in Virginia

Cafe Scientifique Arlington  – founded in 2006 and organized by The Ballston Science and Technology Alliance

Science Straight Up in Charlottesville – founded in Spring 2013 and organized by The University of Virginia

Science Bites in Danville – founded in Spring 2013 and organized by The Danville Science Center

A Scientist Walks Into A Bar  in Hampton – founded in 2014 and organized by The Virginia. Institute of. Marine Science

Cafes that have gone dormant in Virginia due to lack of funding.

Virginia Tech’s Cafe Scientifique BlacksburgNASA Langley’s Science Cafe  and  Science and ReasonreScience in Richmond, VA” “Science in Richmond Virginia” “Science in Richmond” “Science in Richmond, VA” “Richmond science” “Richmond scientists” “science talks” “science talks in Richmond VA” “lectures series in Richmond VA” “lecture series in Richmond Virginia” “RVA science” “RVA science talks” “RVA science,  i.e.* Chamber,  Science scene, “Richmond’s creative scientists” “science organizations in Richmond VA” “cool things to do in RVA” #RVA cool,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s