Hands-on laboratory experiences are not just for kids! Most months, a different topic encourages adult audiences to put on lab coats, goggles and gloves and get a firsthand sense of cutting-edge research. This program is designed for participants ages 18 and older.

Generally held in the evenings, these do-it-yourself labs feature different topics ranging from epigenetics to microfluidics to nanotechnology to rapid prototyping and beyond.

Related Upcoming Events

June 21  |  6 p.m.  | Orchard View Room


This science cafe is open to the public. Registration is requested. Cash bar and appetizers start at 5:30 p.m., and the interactive discussion begins at 6.

As gene editing techniques become more refined, the possibility of editing the human genome is moving from science fiction to reality. What should we do with this power? 

  • Should we create babies who will never know disease?
  • Should we stick to smaller changes, like lowering the rates of breast cancer by eliminating mutations?
  • Or should we call for society to ban human gene editing?

Join the conversation led by Kris Saha (biomedical engineering and medical history & bioethics) and moderated by Dan Murphy (Morgridge Institute). This event is part of a national conversation taking place in more than 30 sites across the country.

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DIY Science at Discovery is supported by the Morgridge Institute for Research, UW–Madison and WARF.