Speaker Series

Since 2010, our speaker series has been engaging the public in cutting edge research at the University of Washington. Each winter/spring, emerging scientists venture outside of the ivory tower to tell stories about their research. Since 2011, all speakers have been graduates of the Engage seminar course. Browse our blog for videos, podcasts, and speaker bios, and subscribe to our google calendar to stay up to date on upcoming talks!


We are so excited to return to Town Hall Seattle for our 2015 UW Science Now Speaker Series!  Many of our students are opening for exciting science speakers, and some are even talking in a UW stand-alone event!  Please join us for the remaining talks this year! Our lineup includes graduate students from several UW departments:

  • Biochemistry
  • Kelly Fleming
  • Bioengineering
  • Shivani Gupta
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Vinayak Vittal
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • John Fullmer, Paige Northway
  • Environmental & Forest Sciences
  • Ashley Mihle
  • Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
  • Julie Weicheld, Dan Grinnell
  • Genome Sciences
  • Jennifer McCreight
  • Health Services
  • Kelsey Pullar
  • Nursing
  • Jillian Pintye
  • Oceanography
  • Robin Banner
  • Physics
  • Stella Stylianidou
  • Public Health Genetics
  • Emily Youngblom


Our 2014 UW Science Now Speaker Series took place at Town Hall Seattle.  Most of the students opened for big-name science talks, but many drew their own sizable crowds and incited plenty of exciting discussion. Our diverse line-up included the following UW departments and graduate students:


Our 2013 Speaker Series took place at Town Hall Seattle. Students opened for or followed exciting science talks and we were very thankful that Town Hall let in University of Washington students for free. Our interdisciplinary line-up included the following UW departments and graduate students:


After our last season, we decided that to better reach the public, we should move our lecture series off campus. Many of our amazing sponsors and supports assisted us in holding our talks at Town Hall Seattle, where some of our speakers were paired with nationally recognized scientists with common research interests. Speakers represented several UW departments, schools, and divisions, including:

One of the 2012 students will be staying on to teach next year’s seminar, and several have stayed on as co-directors. Browse all 2012 talks.


Our first set of speakers who graduated from the seminar course. Our 12 speakers were from several UW colleges, departments, and interdisciplinary programs:

Several of the speakers have stayed on as co-directors to keep this project going. Browse all 2011 talks.


Our pilot season! We did the 2010 speaker series to drum up support for our (then non-existant) seminar course. There were 10 speakers representing the Department of Astronomy and the College of Forestry:

Browse all 2010 talks.

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