C2ST achieves its mission by hosting relevant, independent, and credible public STEM programs across all scientific fields at locations throughout Chicagoland. With nine out of ten program attendees’ expectations fulfilled, our supporters agree that C2ST is accomplishing its mission of increasing the public’s understanding of science and technology.
We are dedicated to providing a professional and inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. Please be respectful of diversity in individuals and in cultures at our events.
Miss an event? Anyone across the globe can access our STEM program library by visiting our YouTube channel, C2ST TV. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook, where we livestream many of our programs.
Check out below what programs we have planned and discover what we’ve hosted in the past.
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April 5, 2023
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Hybrid- In person at Illinois Tech Campus - Rettaliata Engineering Center, Room 104 and online
10 West 32nd Street, Chicago, IL, USA
Register for Live Program Here
Science and SocietyTechnology and Engineering
This hybrid program is part of the IIT Distinguished Lectureship Series. Presented by Chicago Council on Science and Technology, IIT Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER), and Armour College of Engineering Departments of:
- Chemical and Biological Engineering;
- Civil and Architectural Engineering;
- Electrical and Computer Engineering;
- Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering
March 28, 2023
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Waubonsee Community College Latinx Resource Center, Room 250
Waubonsee Community College, South River Street, Aurora, IL, USA
Science and Society
Join us as we continue the conversation about what it means to navigate the STEM landscape as a Latine person and how we can move forward with the barriers that exist in mind. Our expert will share their lived experiences and career path within the Tech and biotech industry!
March 23, 2023
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Facebook Live and C2ST YouTube TV
Science and SocietyTechnology and Engineering
When you hear the word “quantum,” does your mind jump immediately to science fiction? Well, our everyday reality is quickly catching up to what was make-believe! Quantum information science studies matter and energy at the most basic level. Researchers in the field aim to uncover the properties and behaviors of the very building blocks of nature.
Quantum information science (QIS) is an emerging field that spans computation, communication, precision measurement, and fundamental quantum mechanics. Quantum discoveries have been incorporated into our foundational understanding of materials, chemistry, biology, and astronomy. QIS is viewed through three main areas:
- Quantum Computing
- Quantum Communication
- Quantum Sensing
January 26, 2023
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Irene C. Hernandez Middle School
Irene C. Hernandez Middle School, West 55th Street, Chicago, IL, USA
Physical ScienceScience and Society
The goal of our ‘full STEAM ahead’ event is to ignite curiosity in STEM and the Arts.
Communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking are important skills to develop for 21st-century careers. At Hernandez Middle School (HMS), all students work on developing these skills throughout their classes. At the STEAM event, participants will engage in activities related to one of the 5C’s that shows connections between STEM and the Arts. Possible sessions include: visualizing sound via an oscilloscope, creating your own phonograph, and sensing interference patterns via sound.
*This event is closed to the general public and is only open to HMS families. If you’d like to volunteer and get involved, please click the link above!
November 3, 2022
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Burning Bush Brewery
4014 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
A night of wild conservation science while imbibing on Burning Bush Brewery craft brews and nomming on delicious eats in support of C2ST.
Join us for Science, Brews, and Food!
Come check out one of Chicago’s most well-known breweries and mingle with other STEM enthusiasts and professionals! In between beers, snacks and networking hear from Phil Nicodemus, who has been working on Chicago’s Wild Mile.
Additionally, C2ST will be hosting this year’s Hidden No More Delegation from WorldChicago, which features female leaders representing various scientific disciplines from around the world.
October 20, 2022
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Simpson Querrey Auditorium
303 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL, USA
Health and Wellness
Why do certain groups have stronger protection against aging than others? What are neuroscientists discovering about aging and dementia? What are the clinical implications of aging with HIV infection? Is heart disease inevitable with aging?
Longevity research has transformed in recent years:
- Our focus has shifted from prolonging lifespan and instead we are looking to extend something called “healthspan”.
- Scientists have identified genetic variants in certain groups of people that slow their aging process
- The way we measure age has changed.
With 95 million Americans expected to be 65 or older by 2060 (nearly a quarter of the population), the science of longevity has become more critical to our individual and collective future. Join us to learn about new developments in the study of aging, how people are prolonging their “healthspan,” and much more!
Resources to explore:
- The Potocsnak Longevity Institute
- Finding the Internal Fountain of Youth in Amish Country with Douglas Vaughan, MD
- Search: Breakthroughs on Spotify-2019
- Research from the Potocsnak Longevity Institute on Aging
- Fibroinflammatory Signatures Increase with Age in the Human Ovary and Follicular Fluid
- DNA Methylation GrimAge and Incident Diabetes: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study.
- Epigenetic age acceleration and metabolic syndrome in the coronary artery risk development in young adults study.