Tens of thousands of public science events involve

millions of people in the US and UK every year.

This tremendous output is matched by tremendous variation.

Public science events range in scale from intimate group conversations,

to massive street fairs that draw tens of thousands in a single day.

They may be one-time appearances, ongoing series, or long-term campaigns.

Many are completely volunteer driven, many are produced by prestigious institutions,

and there are even a few organizations dedicated solely to producing science events.

In short, public science events are more diverse, active, and relevant than ever.


That’s why we have a Science Events Summit.


The Summit is the only meeting of its kind in North America.

It is organized by the same team at the Science Festival Alliance that ran the International Public Science Events Conference (IPSEC). But we’ve changed the name to better reflect the degree to which this meeting is for anyone interested in any kind of public science event format.


It was painful to cancel our plans for Atlanta in June, 2020...

...but we look forward to restarting plans as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, check back regularly at this meetings post,

follow @ScienceFests, or

sign up for the old school newsletter at the bottom of sciencefestivals.org.

I’m on the fence:

How do I know if the Summit is a good match for me?

You’re curious when you hear someone say,

“in-person events are unique, there's nothing else quite like them.”

Now that you think about it, you’ve actually been interested in science events for a while.

Then you notice you’re free in early June, and the Summit is very affordable.


Plus: Georgia wants to be on your mind.


What is the Summit like?

We’re not trying to disrupt the way people conference,

but the Summit does have a unique personality.

There’s no keynote, but there are sessions where you'll be recognized as a peer.

It’s not an unconference, but sessions are designed around the interests of attendees.

There are no big ceremonies, but there is an energetic conference dinner.

It’s a busy couple of days, but meals are included and there are plenty of good breaks.

With a little effort on your part you’re likely to meet all of the 100 - 150 attendees.


Maybe I’ll just catch up with folks at some other bigger meeting…

First-timers are delighted to find that this professional community exists,

and to find that others care about the things that fire them up most.

The majority of people that attended once return again at some point,

and those regulars are effusive about how the meeting reenergizes them.

It seems there is something special about getting together live and in-person…wait

…why does that sound familiar?

What are public science events anyway?

Previous meetings:

Summit Code of Conduct

The Summit is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone.

We do not tolerate harassment of Summit participants in any form, whether during Summit conference sessions or off-site after-hours gatherings. Discriminatory and/or sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any Summit venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media.

Summit participants violating this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from the Summit without a refund at the discretion of the Summit organizers.


Ben Wiehe @


Ben is the Manager of the Science Festival Alliance at the MIT Museum. He’s held that post long enough that it’s starting to make him feel a bit old.


Part of getting old is the license to be cantankerous, so don’t be surprised if you hear Ben grumbling about how the things that really matter are real interactions between real people and that this is what makes the real world go round so we should give the most attention to the people we meet and the events that brings us together. And no, it doesn’t make him a Luddite for saying so.


Ben's got his commute down to a series of 9-minute walks between home, day care, and work, so it seems consistent that his favorite kind of event is hosting a house party.


Julie Ann Fooshee @


Julie Ann is a science communicator somewhere in Texas. She enjoys taking her dog camping, exploring state and national parks, and gluten free cake. Julie Ann has a background in History with a BA from the University of Georgia; an MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement from the University of Edinburgh Scotland, and almost minored in Marine Bio. She knows it's pretty weird.

In her free time she is an avid equestrian and travel fiend who is working her way around the world's airports one skymile at a time.

When she isn't doing those things she is staying up late reading books that aren't for work or school and mysteriously making fixes to the SFA websites because no one took away her admin credentials.


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