Discovery Museum Speaker Series

The Discovery Museum Speaker Series—now in its 10th year!—presents expert voices on matters of importance to our communities, free of charge and open to the public. Researchers, educators, best-selling authors, and field experts bring national perspective to pressing topics underscored by the Discovery Museum’s three-pronged emphasis on science, nature, and play. 

All 2022 Speaker Series events will take place online via Zoom webinar at 7:00pm ET, and are free and open to the public. 

These virtual events are live captioned. If there is anything we can do to make our Speakers Series more accessible to you, please let us know. We will do what we can to provide any needed accommodations.

Available recordings of past programs may be found on our YouTube channel.

Interested to sponsor the Series?

Launched in 2013 and presented in a virtual format beginning in 2020, the Series has grown in scope each year and developed audience from across Massachusetts and beyond. Our sponsors make these important, free, community conversations possible—and get great visibility! Learn more about becoming a Speaker Series sponsor today.

Upcoming Events

Head and shoulders photo of a smiling Dr. Bers, a white woman with long brown hair wearing a pink sweate over white shirt
Thursday, September 22, 2022 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Marina Umaschi Bers, PhD, Professor, Tufts University, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development; Secondary Appointment, Department of Computer Sciences
Presented virtually via Zoom webinar
Registration Required: Register Now

In this talk, Dr. Bers will present an overview of her interdisciplinary DevTech research program by using the metaphor of playgrounds vs. playpens to understand the role of technology in children’s lives. Playgrounds are designed to promote... Learn More

A screen shot from a video conversation with both Joseph Sarosy and Silke Rose West sitting next to each other smiling
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Joseph Sarosy and Silke Rose West, authors of "How to Tell Stories to Children"


Speaker: Stacy Clark and Christy Mihaly, children's book authors
April 27, 2022
Speaker: Dr. Michael Yogman, pediatrician, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School
March 24, 2022
Speaker: Chris Singleton, inspirational speaker and children's book author
February 16, 2022
Speaker: Mona Minkara, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University
October 21, 2021