About Hot Science – Cool Talks

Hot Science – Cool Talks is presented by the Environmental Science Institute (ESI). This nationally recognized outreach series has been providing a means for leading researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and other prominent universities to communicate their research to the public in general and the K-12 educational community in particular since 1999. The events feature various Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) topics, attract hundreds of attendees each time, and are held six times each academic year.

What’s it all about?

Hot Science – Cool Talks events are immersive educational experiences with:

  • Interactive Community Science Fairs filled with engaging STEM activities, demonstrations and resources. Our fairs are something the whole family can enjoy.
  • Live and on-demand webcasts for formal and informal educators. ESI’s webcast viewing parties feature full technical support for remote viewers.
  • Educator professional development opportunities and resources. ESI shares the speaker’s presentation slides and develops TEKS-aligned lesson plans  and resources related to the talk. The Talk Archives provide educators with the materials needed to give their own lessons on cutting-edge topics.

Interactive Community Science Fairs entertain everyone before the talk at every Hot Science – Cool Talks event!

Speaker Information

Are you an upcoming Hot Science – Cool Talks presenter? Thank you for working with ESI on an engaging science event! Please see our list of expectations for presenters.

Publications about Hot Science – Cool Talks

“Expectancies and Motivations to Attend an Informal Science Lecture Series”
by N. AbiGhannam et al., in the International Journal of Science Education, 2015.

“Vice provost holds chemistry demonstration” by Nidia Cavazos, in The Daily Texan, 2014.

“Hot Science – Cool Talks series sparks interest for the whole family” by Kristi Willis, in CultureMap Austin, 2013.

“A Novel Lecture Series and Associated Outreach Program in the Environmental and Natural Sciences” by Jay Banner, Nelson Guda, Libby Stern, Brian Zavala & Jessica Gordon, in Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008.