In an effort to raise awareness and engage our residents in the amazing science of the region, the Bay Area’s museums, cultural institutions, universities, and corporations have joined forces to create and contribute to the and the Bay Area Science Festival.

University of California, San Francisco
UC San Francisco is the nation’s leading university exclusively focused on health. UCSF consists of four professional schools — Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy — as well as graduate programs in life and health sciences, the UCSF Medical Center and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco. UCSF consistently rank among the best in the nation, according to surveys by US News & World Report, and is the top public recipient of research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Now celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding as a medical college, UCSF is driven by the idea that when the best research, the best education and the best patient care converge, great breakthroughs are achieved.


Buck Institute
Buck Institute for Research on Aging
The Buck Institute is the nation’s first independent research facility focused solely on understanding the connection between aging and chronic disease. Our mission is to increase the healthy years of life. World-class scientists work in a uniquely collaborative environment to understand how normal aging contributes to the development of conditions specifically associated with getting older such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Our interdisciplinary approach brings scientists from disparate fields together to develop diagnostic tests and treatments to prevent or delay these maladies. The Buck Institute is the host institution for the North Bay Discovery Day.


University of California, Berkeley
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus — envisioned as a “City of Learning” — was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world’s premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.


Stanford University
Stanford is recognized as one of the world’s leading universities. Established more than a century ago by founders Jane and Leland Stanford, the university was designed to prepare students “for personal success and direct usefulness in life” and “promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization.” Today Stanford University remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing its students to become the next generation of leaders.


San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University, located in one of the world’s most vibrant and beautiful cities, is a recognized leader in addressing issues both global and close to home. SF State’s pioneering commitment to community and civic engagement is prevalent throughout the curriculum. More than 500 courses combine academic study with community involvement, and our location in a center of business, technology and culture provides a laboratory for community-service projects, work-study opportunities and internships. The University has been named by Princeton Review one of 81 “Colleges with a Conscience,” and is classified as one of the Carnegie Foundation’s “Community Engagement” institutions.


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California State University – East Bay

California State University, East Bay is known for award winning programs, expert instruction, small classes, a highly personalized learning environment—and a choice of more than 100 career-focused fields of study. With two scenic campuses—one in the Hayward Hills overlooking San Francisco Bay and the other in the Concord foothills of Mt. Diablo—plus a professional center in dynamic downtown Oakland, Cal State East Bay is where all your possibilities come into view.


San Jose State University
San José State University’s location in the Silicon Valley makes it an exceptionally rewarding learning environment for students. Silicon Valley firms and agencies seek SJSU students for internships, summer work programs and for assistance with research and development projects. Silicon Valley firms employ more graduates from SJSU than from any other university in the nation.

Located on 154 acres in downtown San José, the university offers the excitement of studying at a large, metropolitan campus where many cultures meet. Yet students find personal attention from faculty members in the smaller setting of the university’s eight colleges.


Cal Academy

California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring and explaining the natural world and addressing the challenge of sustainability. Based in San Francisco, it is home to an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum as well as innovative scientific research and education programs—all under one living roof. This unique combination allows visitors to explore the depths of a Philippine coral reef, climb into the canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest, and fly to the outer reaches of the Universe in a single day. Along the way, thousands of charismatic live animals and a team of fascinating scientists and presenters bring the Academy’s exhibits and shows to life and make each visit unique. The Academy is also home to nearly 46 million scientific specimens from around the world—essential tools for comparative studies on the history and future of life on Earth.


Lawrence Hall of Science

The Lawrence Hall of Science is a renowned resource center for preschool through high school science and mathematics education, and a public science center with exciting hands-on experiences for learners of all ages. The Hall’s mission is to inspire and foster learning of science and mathematics for all, especially those who have limited access to science.


Chabot Space & Science Center

Chabot Space & Science Center specializes in observing the stars and planets at night, but did you know we also look at the Sun during the day? Have you ever wanted to fly through space, discovering planets, stars, and things beyond our galaxy? You can do both! Look through our solar telescope and see the Sun in real time, or create your own wristwatch sundial! Or, step into our portable planetarium and let an expert stargazer take you through the universe and beyond! The best of both day and night are waiting to be discovered!


San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum

The purpose of Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is to serve the needs of children, families and schools as a center for learning and discovery. For children, it is first and foremost a place to call their own, offering interactive exhibits and programs in a warm and inviting setting. Its educational mission encompasses the themes of Connections, Community, and Creativity. In its unique environment, children actively make connections among ideas, people and cultures. The Museum’s programs also encourage children to define their role in and contribution to both local and global communities. Finally, as a center for creative play and expression, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose provides opportunities for all of us to discover the world through the eyes of our children.


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The Tech Museum

The idea for The Tech Museum was little more than a dream back in 1978 when the Junior League of Palo Alto – and later the San Jose Junior League – struck upon a grand plan to create a dynamic learning center devoted to science and technology. Twelve years later, “The Garage” swung open its doors at downtown San Jose’s former convention center on San Carlos Street and quickly became a valuable educational resource for children and young adults. Just eight years later, The Tech Museum moved into a bigger, dazzling 132,000-square-foot mango-and-azure-colored domed building, unlike any other in the Silicon Valley or the world. The Tech has become a landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most inventive place on Earth and a showcase of the latest blockbuster exhibits, high-tech gizmos and wondrous gadgets that continue to define Silicon Valley.



The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California. We believe that following your curiosity and asking questions can lead to amazing moments of discovery, learning, and awareness, and can increase confidence in your ability to understand how the world works. We also believe that being playful and having fun is an important part of the process for people of all ages.




Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County inspires children’s creativity and stimulates their curiosity by encouraging playful exploration of the arts and sciences in an open and accessible interactive museum.  The Museum serves thousands of children in hundreds of classrooms, festivals, and events each year through the Museum-on-the-Go outreach program.  A permanent world-class children’s museum will open in 2014, next to the Charles M. Schulz museum in Santa Rosa.  The 4-acre site will feature hands-on science exhibits, arts room, an expansive outdoor nature experience, and space for birthday parties.


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Oakland Zoo

The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo supports wildlife conservation on-site, locally, and globally. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.

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Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Lindsay Wildlife Museum’s mission is to connect people with wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share. The museum incorporates a public museum with live, wild animals, a wildlife rehabilitation hospital—the first established in the US—and an environmental education center for all ages. The unique Wildlife Hospital Behind the Scenes exhibit lets visitors watch through a large, one-way window as veterinary staff examine and treat wildlife patients. The Burrow, opening Fall 2013, takes visitors “underground” to explore the world of wildlife beneath our feet. Hive Alive! brings visitors closer than they’ve ever been to a living hive with thousands of real honey bees. Each year, the hospital cares for some 5,000 animal patients. Education programs teach 40,000 children at the museum, at school sites, and in the community. Lindsay Wildlife Museum collaborates with regional, state and national wildlife agencies as well as a growing number of educational organizations including the Bay Area Science Festival.


Hiller Aviation Museum
The Hiller Aviation Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, was opened to the public in 1998 by helicopter designer and inventor Stanley Hiller Jr. and features over 50 aircraft from more than a century of aviation history. The museum is visited by 85,000 people each year including over 10,000 children from regional K-12 schools.



swissnex San Francisco is a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas in science, education, art, and innovation. We highlight the best of Swiss and North American ingenuity and create opportunities for networking among our diverse group of professional contacts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and beyond.

We are part of a knowledge network with nodes in the world’s most innovative hubs—Bangalore, Boston, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, and Rio de Janeiro—where the future is being shaped. In San Francisco, we have over 10 years of experience connecting Switzerland and North America, making a stronger world every day through the sharing of ideas and inspiration.


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with “excellence.” Eleven scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation’s highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world.


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore has earned the reputation as the Laboratory of choice for science and technology solutions to the most pressing national and global security problems. At LLNL, physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers, computer scientists and other researchers work together in multidisciplinary teams to achieve technical innovations and scientific breakthroughs that make possible solutions to critical problems of national and global importance. LLNL pushes the frontiers of knowledge to build the scientific and technological foundation that will be needed to address the national security issues of the future, is a leader in transforming scientific breakthroughs and cutting-edge engineering into solutions to real-world problems, and excels in business and operations and our responsible stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.



The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and usable information. As the Nation’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers.



KQED’s QUEST is a new multimedia series about the people behind San Francisco Bay Area science and environmental issues and how their work is changing the way we live. KQED’s most ambitious local offering ever, QUEST utilizes all of our media platforms, educational resources and extraordinary partnerships. QUEST includes a half-hour weekly HD television program, weekly radio segments, an innovative website and unique education guides. QUEST’s geographic coverage spans from Mendocino to Monterey and from Sacramento to Santa Clara, and focuses on nine content areas: astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, environment, geology, health, physics and weather.



BayBio is Northern California’s life science association. We support the regional bioscience community through advocacy, enterprise support, and enhancement of research collaboration. We maintain Northern California’s leadership in life science innovation by supporting entrepreneurship, science education and life science career development through the BayBioInstitute. Our members include organizations engaged in, or supportive of, research, development and commercialization of life science technologies.



Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is dedicated to the advancement and communication of fundamental knowledge in mathematics and the mathematical sciences, to the development of human capital for the growth and use of such knowledge, and to the cultivation in the larger society of awareness and appreciation of the beauty, power and importance of mathematical ideas and ways of understanding the world.




Wonderfest is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to expanding the concept of “scientific community.” Back in 1998, Wonderfest was America’s first regional science festival. Today, Wonderfest produces monthly science gatherings for the Bay Area and online science video for the entire world.