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
Katharyn HansonPost-Doctoral Fellow, Penn Cultural Heritage CenterSafeguarding Cultural Heritage: Artifacts and Sites in Syria and Iraq World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

The humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq includes concerns about the region's cultural heritage. Hanson will describe the work done by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the Penn Museum as part of the Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq (SHOSI) Project. The SHOSI project aims to maintain networks of heritage professionals inside Syria and Iraq to document site damage, undertake emergency site and object conservation, and discourage looting. Supporting these networks with training, supplies, and expertise, the SHOSHI project empowers Syrians and Iraqis to preserve their own heritage. 

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.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.