Insider Science Series

COSI’s Insider Science Series features prominent speakers to address science’s most cutting edge questions about natural history, transformative research, humanity’s current challenges, and beyond. Join us after-hours to hear from the experts, grab a drink or a snack at our cash bar, and as always, experience fun, hands-on science!

Each event will highlight one of our galleries, paired with a scientist currently conducting research or working in that field. Experience our galleries in a whole new way through a 20 - 30 minute presentation from our keynote speaker, followed by an open Q&A session in the atrium. With both our featured gallery and the cash bar open for the entire evening, there will be plenty of time for exploration, games, and tabletop science.

Tickets may be bought in advance or at the door, but as seats are limited, we recommend advanced registration! See below for dates, reservations and ticket prices.

6pm: Doors Open
6pm - 7pm: Cash bar, table-top science, gallery exploration
7pm - 7:45pm: Speaking Event
7:45pm - 8pm: Question & Answer Session
8pm - 9pm: Cash bar, table-top science, gallery exploration

Ticket Prices:
$12 for Members
$15 for Non-Members
$8 for Students with a valid College ID

Poisons: Murder, Magic & Medicine

Featured Gallery: The Power of Poison
Speaker: Dr. Nicole Kwiek, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

Poisons and toxins can trigger illness, inebriation, and even death. But did you know that these potent chemicals can also be the basis for the next great class of medicines? Learn how pharmacology and toxicology intersect in this fun, interactive seminar!

Dec 5, 2018

  • Program Date(s): 12/5/2018, 7pm-9pm
  • COSI Admission: Not Included

Teeth, Jaws & Claws: The Carnivorous Dinosaurs

Featured Gallery: American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery
Speaker: Dale Gnidovec, Collections Manager and Curator of Orton Geological Museum

We will examine the tremendous diversity of theropods, the carnivorous dinosaurs. While discussing their features, Dale Gnidovec will explain why scientists believe birds are actually living dinosaurs!

Jan 17, 2019

  • Program Date(s): 1/17/19, 7pm-9pm
  • COSI Admission: Not Included


Featured Gallery: Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World
Speaker: Dr. Mark Flint, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Feb 28, 2019

  • Program Date(s): 2/28/19, 7pm-9pm
  • COSI Admission: Not Included

Mythic Creatures

Featured Gallery: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids: Mythic Creatures
Speaker: Speaker to be announced

Mar 21, 2019

  • Program Date(s): 3/21/19, 7pm-9pm
  • COSI Admission: Not Included