Engaging, informal lecture and discussion series that takes place at bars, restaurants, and other non-academic venues in the greater Richmond area.  Programs feature one or more experts on a scientific topic, a short presentation, and a longer question and discussion period for the non-scientific public to explore a topic of interest.

Science Pub RVA was founded in June 2012 and became a program of Science Matters, an educational initiative of The Community Idea Stations, in December 2015.  We work with researchers and educators to develop programs that bring scientific concepts, processes and findings out of the lab and into the public sphere in a way that encourages the public to engage with scientific ideas.  We strengthen scientists’ abilities to communicate what they do, what they know, and why it matters.  Programs produced by Science Pub RVA serve our mission to broaden the Richmond citizenry that is informed by science, convinced of its value, and engaged with its applications Science Pub RVA has showcased 47 scientific thinkers from a variety of disciplines and institutions and partnered with The Chesterfield County Public Library and VCU’s Science, Technology and Society program to expand the reach of their respective science lecture series. Founded in 2012, Science Pub RVA is the longest running active science cafe in Virginia.

Series & Event Sponsors Needed (opportunities begin at $500)
Thirsty to connect with savvy people who love to learn, are engaged in the community and value scientific thought?

We invite you to sponsor a single Science Pub RVA program, a short series within the year, the entire Science Pub RVA season, or the Science Matters initiative as a whole. 

Science Pub RVA moves about town so that the science cafe experience reaches folks throughout the greater Richmond area.  

Speakers / Discussion Leaders
If you conduct research in the greater Richmond area, are open to collaboration, and are keen to connect with the public about some fascinating science, be in touch.

Make Contact
Interested in sponsorship opportunities?  Curious about what it takes to be a venue host? Want to walk into a bar for science?  Have another question?  Send an email to sciencepub@ideastations.org.