CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: All events are online-only until further notice.

A calendar of upcoming free science, engineering, and math events in the greater Washington, D.C. area1. Most events are for a general audience or are for kids and families. Exceptions, e.g. NSF lectures or college colloquia, are noted.

I update the table below every week or two. Most of these events are pulled from my full list of DMV STEM organizations, arranged by event series. For past events see the Event Archive.

  Upcoming Events  

Date & Time Event Detail
03/05/2021 (Friday)
8:00 - 9:00pm
PSW Lecture — PSW Science Foundation

Audience: Building the Giant Magellan Telescope by Dr. James Fanson
Abstract: "The Giant Magellan Telescope is a 25-meter aperture telescope under construction at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile...This lecture will discuss the engineering and the science behind the GMT, and the questions it will address." (full abstract)
Additional detail: Lecture is by Dr. James Fanson, Project Manager for the Giant Magellan Telescope.
Location: Online
/03/11/2021 (Thursday)
8:00 - 9:00pm
A Conversation on Black Futures — National Museum of African American History and Culture & National Musuem of African Art

Audience: General audience
Event title: A Conversation on Black Futures with Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham
Additional information: Event is hosted by authors Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham and NMAAHC curator Michelle Joan Wilkinson. They will discuss discuss their visions for the present and future and the way they see these visions captured by artists, activists, and thinkers. THeir new book, Black Futures places archive, technology, and Afrofuturist ideas in conversation. See the event page for full detail. Advance registration is required.
Location: Online
03/13/2021 (Saturday)
7:30 - 9:00pm
Monthly Meeting — National Capital Astronomers

Audience: General audience (14+)
Lecture title: Astronomical Spectra With Your Own Telescope
Additional information: Lecture is by Tom Field of Field Tested Systems.
Location: Online
03/19/2021 (Friday)
8:00 - 9:00pm
PSW Lecture — PSW Science Foundation

Audience: General Audience (12+)
Lecture title: Europa Clipper
Abstract: Not yet posted. This space will be updated when additional information is available.
Additional information: Not yet available.
Location: Online
03/23/2021 (Tuesday)
8:00 - 9:00pm
Exploring Space Lecture — National Air and Space Museum

Audience: General audience
Lecture title: Mars 2020 and the Importance of Planetary Protection by Dr. Moogega "Moo" Cooper, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Abstract: "The Mars 2020 Mission and its Perseverance rover are designed to investigate key questions related to the habitability of Mars and will conduct assessments that will help plan for future human exploration of Mars. The project will also acquire and cache samples of rock, regolith, and witness samples for possible return to Earth by a future mission. The entire flight system was expected to meet Planetary Protection requirements, to include being subjected to microbial reduction, with additional specific emphasis on the sample acquisition and caching. Mars 2020 had a very unique biological contamination plan to both protect Mars as well as the scientific integrity of the collected sample. Moo Cooper, the Planetary Protection Lead Engineer for the Mars 2020 mission, will share a mission overview and the Planetary Protection actions taken by her team and why Planetary Protection is important."
Location: Online (YouTube)
03/31/2021 (Wednesday)
1 - 2pm
Live Chat: What Mars Reveals about Life in our Universe — National Air and Space Museum

Audience: General Audience
Additional information: This live chat is a special collaborative webinar between scientists from the National Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Natural History. They will chat about life on Earth and in the universe. Viewers must register to join.
Location: Online (Zoom)
04/04/2021 (Thursday)
2 - 3pm
Distinguished Lecture Series — National Science Foundation

Audience: Professionals
Lecture Title: Computational Microscopy of SARS-CoV-2 by Dr. Rommie E. Amaro
Abstract: "I will discuss our lab’s efforts, together with collaborators, to understand the SARS-CoV-2 virus in atomic detail, with the goals to better understand molecular recognition of the virus and host cell receptors, antibody binding and design, and the search for novel therapeutics. I will focus on our studies of the spike protein, its glycan shield, its interactions with the human ACE2 receptor, our efforts to model the SARS-CoV-2 virion, and escape variants."
Additional information: Talk is by Dr. Rommie E. Amaro Theoretical and Computational Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego.
Location: Online
04/07/2021 (Wednesday)
4 - 5:30pm
WSS Seminar — Washington Statistical Society

Audience: Professionals
Seminar title: Environment Measurement Data & How They Speak
Abstract: "Environmental data come in many 'flavors'. They can be continuous or discrete, precise or imprecise, unbiased or highly-biased. In many cases, actual measurement results may behidden because they fall below minimum reporting limits (MRLs) or method detection limits (MDLs). In this talk, I illustrate how data of different flavors can inform us as they 'speak' through their likelihoods (probabilities of occurring). I'll show that data speak most clearly when they're precise, unbiased and not hidden (not censored) from view. Only a knowledge of introductory statistics will be assumed for most of the talk."
Additional information: The speaker is Michael J. Messer from the US Environmental Protection Agency (retired). For additional information, see the PDF of the Seminar Announcment.
Location: Online

  1. I'm interested in adding to my list. If you know of a great science event or organization worth adding, I'd love to know. You can send me a general message through my Contact Me page, or you can email me directly at