Penn Science Cafe

Hauling science out of the lab for a night on the town, the Penn Science Café offers the Philadelphia region an opportunity to pitch questions to leading scientific experts who drop the jargon to explain their work in layman's terms. All Penn Science Café events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming events in this series:


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
James SerpellMarie A. Moore Professor of Ethics and Animal Welfare, Penn VetWhy Did Early Humans Domesticate Wolves and Wildcats? A Novel Look at a Very Old Question World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

The prevailing theory that the wild ancestors of dogs and cats gradually domesticated themselves by exploiting the ecological resources provided by early human villages relies on a number of erroneous assumptions. This talk will take a critical look at these assumptions and suggest an alternative view: That the domestication of wolves, wildcats, and many other domestic species was actually a consequence of misplaced human parental behavior.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research at the Penn Science Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. Contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 5–7 p.m.