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Calling all STEM experts! Want to share your expertise at this year's Festival? Registration for program speakers is now open and will close once all available slots have been filled. Questions? Contact us at (215) 448-1397 or 


Friday, March 16 | 4:00—5:00 pm

Independence Seaport Museum


Calling all STEM-curious 8th—12th grade students: We want to introduce you to some STEM professionals with really cool jobs. Join us for a series of flash talks by fascinating, witty professionals about their sometimes strange, sometimes surreal scientific work.


Speakers are needed to provide brief (5-7 minute), engaging talks about what makes their job awesome (and what it took to get there). Register by clicking here.



Friday, April 20 | 6:00—8:00 pm

The Franklin Institute


The Delaware Valley boasts a diverse array of scientific researchers who are breaking ground in their fields and unlocking the mysteries of our world. Join us for a series of flash talks hosted by The Franklin Institute’s Chief Bioscientist, Dr. Jayatri Das, featuring several of the area’s leading researchers and learn about the cutting-edge discoveries that are happening in the City of Brotherly Love.


Speakers are needed to provide brief (7-10 minute), engaging talks about current research and discovery happening in our area. 



Saturday, April 21 | 1:00—2:00 PM

Reading Terminal Market


In celebration of the Reading Terminal Market's 125th anniversary, join a panel of local scientists for a series of flash-talks exploring modern innovations in food production and consumption. 


Speakers are needed to provide brief (7-10 minute), engaging talks about current about current innovations in food and agricultural science. 


*This event has not been confirmed.


Wednesday, April 25 | 6:00—8:00 pm

Science History Institute


Our stories define us, connect us, and teach us—they illuminate new discoveries, and remind us of ancient lessons. Join local scientists and researchers as they explore the moment that science sparked their passion. In the format of a story slam, each presenter will take the stage to share their true story in their own words—giving voice to their inspiration and celebrating the universal joy that curiosity and wonder bring us all.


Speakers are needed to tell the story of the exact moment they knew that the loved science. 

Ready to register? Please use the button below to create an account on our Visitor Page. Once your account has been verified, the link to register as a speaker can be found in your dashboard. 

Click here to create an account and register to speak