About the Talks

Hot Science – Cool Talks provides a front row seat to world-class research. Presented by the Environmental Science Institute (ESI) this nationally recognized series allows leading researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and other prominent universities to share their passion about science, technology, engineering and math with the general public. Events are held six times a year.

What’s it all about?

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

  • Cool Activities: Explore the evening’s topic through hands-on activities and demonstrations the whole family can enjoy.
  • Viewing Parties: ESI’s provides live and on-demand webcasts for formal and informal educators. Viewing parties of live events feature full technical support for remote viewers.
  • Educator 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.

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.