Welcome to Marin Science Seminar. Join us and learn!

Where we meet!

Founded in spring 2008, the Marin Science Seminar (MSS) is a free science event for teens & community in Marin County, California. The seminar includes a presentation with question and answer period and is open to all. It takes place six Wednesday evenings per semester in a physiology classroom at Terra Linda High School in San Rafael.

Speakers are scientists, technologists, mathematicians, engineers, medical professionals & computer programmers. Topics presented are in an area of the speaker’s expertise, geared to interested high school students.

We also offer science journalism and videography internships to Marin County high school students.

The Marin Science Seminars were founded and are run by Alfia and Art Wallace. They are supported by the San Rafael School District, and Terra Linda High School’s Academic Excellence Committee.


Marin Science Seminar sessions take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 8:30 at Terra Linda High School (320 Nova Albion) Room 207 in San Rafael. See the Contact page for directions.

Download the Fall 2018 flyer here.Subscribe to our newsletter to be informed when new events are scheduled. Dates below are tentative until filled.  An archive of previous talks 2008 – previous year can be found here: MSS Calendar Archives (opens in a new tab/window)


  • 10:  MSS internship application deadline
  • 12: “Ants: The Invisible Majority” with Brian Fisher of California Academy of Sciences
  • 26: “Mirroring Past and Future: How Cutting-edge Technologies Help us Unveil Ancient Worlds” with Cinzia Perlingieri


  • 3: “The Pharmacy of Genes: Drug Development for Genetic Diseases” with Natalie Ciaccio of Biomarin
  • 10: “Engineering Solutions to Ecological Collapse: The Case of International Wetland in Mar Menor, Spain” with Douglas Charlton


  • 7:  “Videogame Development and the Early Days of LucasArts” with David Fox of Electric Eggplant
  • 14: “Redwoods, Roots, and Fungi: Exploring Plant Physiology and Ecology” with Claire Willing of UC Berkeley

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There are several ways to keep on top of what’s happening at Marin Science Seminar (and science events in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area). Read below for how to get news from us, and to see a map of where we meet.

  • Join our email list by filling out our contact form. Please let us know if you are a student, parent, teacher or other community member, and the school or institution with which you are affiliated. You can also give general feedback or suggestions there. Thanks.
  • Join the Marin Science Seminar Facebook page.
  • Follow us on Instagram
  • Join us on Twitter
  • Watch past sessions on Vimeo

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Explore science & technology. Meet scientists, technologists,  and medical professionals.  Gain experience for your resume and college applications. Develop a portfolioStart your application online now.

Internship Types & Requirements: Specialty internships that can be used towards StC and transcript credit: Science Journalism, Videography, Art/Photography. Other internships: AV Support, Social Media. All internships require attendance at the seminars (see duties below). Internships are open to high school and college aged students in Marin County. Session dates can be found on our calendar.

Internship Duties: MSS interns attend and assist with a minimum of 6 science seminars per semester (there are 12 per year) during which they meet the speakers and assist with various logistical duties. Sessions take place on Wednesday evenings at Terra Linda High School, Room 207, during the school year. Interns arrive the evening of each session at 7 pm and are free to leave once breakdown is completed (between 8:30 and 9 pm). Specialty internships have additional duties during the school year. You can apply online at this link.

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By the end of 2018, Marin Science Seminar will have hosted over 100 unique speakers. MSS  speakers are STEM professionals and students who present on their particular area of expertise or study. If you’re interested in presenting, contact us here.

MSS Speaker Guide: This guide lets you know about the details of a Marin Science Seminar presentation including how to tailor your talk to a high school audience. Download .pdf

Below is an list of MSS speakers, which is alphabetical by last name. Each includes a link to their MSS speaker page. Those in bold are slated to present in the current academic year. Continue reading “Speakers”