Science Pub Corvallis

Science Pub Corvallis offers cool presentations in an informal atmosphere where you can interact with experts and where there are no silly questions. No scientific background is required – just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!

Held on the second Monday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis, Science Pub is sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Downtown Corvallis Association and Terra magazine at  Oregon State University.

Tell your friends and join us on Facebook to stay informed about upcoming guests. We hope to see you there! Or check out our new podcast and catch all of our lectures online.

Check out photos from the May 13, 2013 Science Pub. You can also see past Science Pub events (2009-2014) online and listen to the Science Pub podcast, starting with June 2016, Jane Ishmael on Marijuana as Medicine. And if you can’t join us in Corvallis, check out science pubs by OSU-Cascades in Bend and by OMSI in Portland, Hillsboro and Eugene.

Up Next

April 9, The Origins of OSU Research — From land grant to sea, space and sun

Since Oregon State’s designation as Oregon’s land grant institution in October 1868, research has been a core mission of the institution. At the April 9 Science Pub, Larry Landis will focus on the scientific enterprise during OSU’s first 70 years, from the earliest agricultural research in the 1870s through the major research initiatives up to World War II and the sea grant, space grant and sun grant designations.

“Many of OSU’s enduring research projects began in the early 20th century. Some of them continue to have relevance today, such as our renowned hops and wheat breeding programs,” says Landis, the director of the Special Collections and Archives Research Center in the Valley Library.

Among the topics he will cover are:

  • OSU’s first research report on “white soils”
  • The federal legislation that led to the establishment of the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1888 and the subsequent branch stations in the early 20th century
  • Early poultry and food science research
  • The first forestry and engineering research
  • Beginnings of home economics research in the 1920s
  • Early social science and humanities research

The land grant designation set the foundation for OSU to host the federal sea grant, space grant and sun grant programs. Oregon State is one of only two American universities to serve in all four capacities.

RSVP for the Next Science Pub

Due to the continuing popularity of Science Pub, we are implementing a ticketing/RSVP process. Please read the specifics below.

  • Limit of two free tickets per person.
  • Registration opens three weeks prior to each Science Pub and is limited to the first 100 tickets.
  • Available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the link above or by calling 541-737-4717.
  • Advanced registration recommended to guarantee a ticket/seat.
  • Only register if you plan on attending please.
  • If plans change, please cancel your reservation via your initial confirmation email or by calling 541-737-4717.
  • Walk-ins welcome, but seating will not be guaranteed and is based on availability.
  • Register for the Science Pub listserv at Science Pub Corvallis Email List or 541-737-4717.


May  14, 2018: Sean Fleming, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. The Boom and Bust Cycles of Rivers (see Fleming’s post on the top five water stories of 2017.)