Meet some of OSU’s leading researchers. Delve into their fascinating worlds in casual Science Pubs at McMenamins in Bend, and in Sisters and Sunriver. No scientific background required—just bring your curiosity, sense of humor and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!


  • Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.
  • Full menu, no-host bar.
  • Science Pubs are popular and sometimes sell out. Reservations required no later than 5:00 p.m. the day prior to each lecture.
  • Click "register" below the Science Pub you wish to attend. Online reservations available starting one month prior to each event. If you need to cancel your reservation, please email us so we can accommodate others.
  • Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 541-322-3100.

Science Pubs 2018-2019

Upcoming Science Pubs

January 15, 2019 - McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend - Father Luke's Room

What will Oregon’s Next Volcanic Eruption Look Like?

Adam Kent, Professor, Geology Program Director, OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Oregon is one of the most “volcanic” US states - there are thousands of volcanoes in our state. Most are inactive - but Oregon has four major volcanoes on the USGS’s high priority list for volcano monitoring: Mount Hood, Newberry Volcano, Crater Lake and South Sister. Geologist Adam Kent will share how the tools of geology and volcanology can help us understand what eruptions at these locations might look like and the hazards they might produce. Come take a tour of Oregon’s volcanoes -- with short excursions to Alaska, Hawaii, Japan and the Caribbean.

Registration opens in December.

February 19, 2019 - McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend - Father Luke's Room

The Boom and Bust Cycles of Rivers

Sean Fleming, Courtesy Professor, OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Learn how mathematics and physics can reveal the hidden secrets of rivers, and insights into the deep relationships they have with landscapes, ecosystems and societies. Drawing on his recent Princeton University Press book, Where the River Flows: Scientific Reflections on Earth’s Waterways, Sean Fleming will look at topics like why rivers run where they do; how the same river can flood one year, yet dry up the next; how we forecast floods and water supplies; the impacts of climate change; and even whether rivers have “memories.” He also explores how science can help address the threats our watersheds face.

Registration opens in January.

Past Science Pubs

September 18, 2018 - McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend - Father Luke's Room

What Plants Grow Here?

Linda Hardison, Assistant Professor, Senior Researcher; Director, Oregon Flora Project

What influences where plants occur? How do we know, and why does it matter? Come explore our state's botanical life with the director of the Oregon Flora Project. Oregon Flora is a comprehensive account of the plants of an area, including unknown plants. It houses information about the vascular plants of Oregon that grow without cultivation and allows users to explore them via an atlas, a checklist, a flora (a manual of scientific names) and a photo gallery. Information within Oregon Flora is available to scientists and generalists alike. 

We have reached capacity for this event. Registration is closed.

October 16, 2018 - McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend - Father Luke's Room

Future Farms: Technology in the Field

Chad Higgins, Associate Professor, Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences; Head, OSU NEWAG Lab

Technology increases efficiency, productivity, control and automation in nearly every industry, including farming. Join OSU researcher Chad Higgins to explore how he and his students are testing the idea that RFID (radio-frequency identification) devices — commonly used to track inventory in retail stores — can generate a round-the-clock, area-wide picture of soil moisture. The data could help fine tune planting and irrigation schedules. The researchers are also using unmanned aerial systems (drones) to record light reflected from plant leaves and to translate data into indications of stress.

Registration is closed.

MONDAY, November 26, 2018 - McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend - Father Luke's Room

Take a Landfill, Transform it into a University Campus

Learn from OSU-Cascades planners and experts how the university-owned properties adjacent to the current campus will be transformed into an expanded university campus that will be a model for sustainability and innovation. Hear about the work civil, environmental and geotechnical engineers have done to understand the challenging landscape – and what’s beneath it – and plan for the future. Their plans have already garnered national attention for their sustainability and innovation.

We have reached capacity for this event. Registration is closed.


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