The Science of Star Trek: Things Are Only Impossible Until They’re Not

April 10, 2022
11:00 am – 11:45 am

McCormick Place
McCormick Place, 2301 South King Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

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Star Trek is a story of exploration that has fascinated us for more than 50 years.

The myriad writers, directors, artists, and technicians responsible for pop culture mega franchises like Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Marvel Universe are arguably some of the most creative of our time. But how do these imagined tech advances and innovations hold up IRL and the ever-ready-to-pick-it-apart nerd community? And can physics and science (as we currently understand them) explain the phenomena seen in the franchise?  This is where the scientists come in! 

The Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) will discuss the theme of human exploration and show that, although we cannot change the laws of physics, we have come a long way in understanding them and, perhaps, to applying our knowledge to changing the present and future! C2ST is joined by Trek enthusiasts Dr. Voula Saridakis of the Museum of Science and Industry and Dr. Dirk Morr of the University of Illinois at Chicago. They’ll go over just how much science there is in the science fiction of Star Trek and give us a look at some real scientific discoveries inspired by Star Trek!

Event Details

This program is part of the Star Trek: Mission Chicago fan convention on April 8 – 10, 2022. You must have tickets to the convention to attend this program (available for purchase on the website). No single program passes are available for this program. For more questions about the convention please go here.

Notice: As a guest of Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST), you agree to be photographed, videotaped, or filmed and grant C2ST permission to put the finished footage/photography to any uses that it may deem proper including marketing, advertising (print, radio, and television) and PR-related activities.

We are dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for everyone. Please respect diversity in individuals and in cultures.