Café Scientifique

Central Valley Café Scientifique resumes Monday, November 1st. This is a free event open to the whole family. Donations will go toward the cost of covering the program.

First Mondays

6PM Gate Opens: Dinner and drinks will be available for purchase while the playground will be accessible for the kids. 


7PM Program Begins: Presentation by speaker or panelists followed by an extended Q&A.

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After a long COVID hiatus, Central Valley Café Scientifique will resume this Monday at Fresno Discovery Center. This is a free event open to the whole family. Gates open at 6PM when dinner, drinks, & alcohol will be available for purchase and the playground will be open for the kids. The program begins at 7PM and you don’t want to miss this first one. A NASA subject matter expert will join us virtually to discuss the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. 

We are thrilled that Fresno Discovery Center is one of almost 500 sites across the country to celebrate the launch of the Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s next great space science observatory. We are excited to help our community celebrate this amazing feat of science and engineering. People of all ages and backgrounds will find inspiration in the Webb mission. It is the largest and most complex space science telescope ever built. This international mission, led by NASA in partnership with the European and Canadian space agencies, will launch in December 2021 and is expected to fundamentally change our understanding of the universe for this generation and many to come.

Our speaker, Natalie Batalha, Director of Astrobiology at UC, Santa Cruz, will also discuss how this new equipment will be used to look for life in the universe.