SCInema LogoSCInema seeks to increase community engagement with science by coupling it with mainstream entertainment. The goal is to open lines of communication and educate the general public by connecting science topics in movies to current scientific knowledge and scientists who specialize in that field. All events are free and generally accessible to all ages. The format is a TED-style talk followed by a film screening, which can be adapted to many different venues and audiences. 


Upcoming Events

The "Lasers" of Star Wars

Professor Kyle Crabtree of UC Davis gives a talk on why a “laser” gun isn’t a laser, how a real laser works, and the cool ways scientists use lasers in their research. The talk is followed by a screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Thursday, November 21st, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Pioneer High School

To attend, please RSVP at

“Strange” Chemistry with Steve Farmer

Professor Steve Farmer of Sonoma State University (SSU) and author of “Strange Chemistry,” will enlighten us to the spookier elements of Chemistry and how potions in movies do or don’t mimic real life science. The talk will be followed by a screening of Hocus Pocus. 

Saturday, October 26th, 2019
2:30 PM
123 Sciences Lecture Hall, UC Davis

Check back soon for more info and RSVP link!


Past Events

Ricardo Castro's faculty page

Talk is available from Aggie Video

Alison Van Eenennaam's faculty page


Talk is available on YouTube

Kyle Crabtree's faculty page

Who we are

SCInema is a group of graduate students, staff and professors in the Chemistry Department seeking to increase science literacy and bridge the scientific and non-scientific communities. Connecting everyday people with the science they encounter can have lasting impacts on how people value and understand the world around them. We love our research and want to share that passion to inspire others, child and adult alike, to look at science with a new appreciation. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions or are interested in having us come out to give a talk at your location, please contact