Registration for Limited ScienceFest Events Open Now, Space Going Fast

MainStreet News:

Registration is now open and space is going fast for limited capacity events happening during Los Alamos ScienceFest, Sept. 5-13.

The festival has more than 70 events happening throughout the week. The majority of the events are free and open to the public.

Events that have limited capacity and require registration include:

Eco Tours: Los Alamos County Eco Station and Landfill Solar Array

Monday Sept. 8 and Thursday, Sept. 11, 2-4 p.m.

Meet at the Eco Transfer Station, 3701 East Jemez Road 

Tours of New Mexico’s firsts:

  • Los Alamos’ solar powered, green built solid waste transfer station and recycling center – the Eco Station; and
  • Solar array built on the closed Los Alamos landfill. The Eco Station has recently expanded its recycling program and offers grade A compost. The one-megawatt solar array on the landfill is part of the U.S.-Japan demonstration smart grid project and can be tied directly to North and Barranca Mesa to create a microgrid. Tours are limited to 15 individuals. Wear closed toe, comfortable walking shoes. 

Register for the 9/8 tour here:

Register for the 9/11 tour here:

Conversation with Scientists

Tuesday Sept. 9, 9-10 a.m.

Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave.

At this event, LANL scientists will be engaging in an informal chat with attendees where they will share their research expertise in a selected group of technologies. This is an excellent opportunity to chat with world-class scientists on the cutting edge of their research field.

Register here:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Postdoctorate Career Fair

Wednesday Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Crossroads Bible Church, 97 E Road

The Postdoc Program Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will host its Annual Postdoctoral Career Fair Sept. 9-11 in Los Alamos. This event provides institutions the opportunity to recruit from the Laboratory’s talented postdoc and student populations, comprised of science and engineering early career researchers.

Info here:

The Chemistry of Cooking: Dispersion, Emulsions & Gels

Tuesday Sept. 9, 6-8 p.m.

Held at Los Alamos Co-Op, 95 Entrada Dr.

Join us for an evening of learning and delicious food with Ray Joggerst, who will explain suspensions, how emulsifiers work, and what makes things gel. The class also will cover information about protein denaturation. Participants will enjoy the dishes prepared in class and take the recipes home for future use. This class uses dairy products (e.g. chili con queso & poached eggs with hollandaise sauce).

To register, buy your ticket at the Los Alamos Co-Op.

PRObE Computer Facility Tour

Wednesday Sept. 10, 10-11 a.m.

Meet at the Los Alamos Research Park, 4200 West Jemez Road

New Mexico Consortium will be hosting a tour of the PRObE, a one-of-a-kind (possibly world-wide) computer facility at the Los Alamos Research Park dedicated to large-scale systems research. Using the Emulabsystem, this unique resource supports research in many systems related fields such as storage, networking, resiliency, big data, and other data intensive applications. 

Remember to wear proper attire for a laboratory: long pants, closed toe shoes are required. Safety goggles will be handed out to all attendees.

Register here:

The Art and Science of Water Collection and Snowmaking on Pajarito Mountain

Wednesday Sept. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge, 397 Camp May Road 

At this presentation and tour you can learn about the science and technology of water collection and snowmaking, and about the snowmaking system now installed at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. A key ingredient of snowmaking is the acquisition, storage, and pumping of substantial amounts of water. Following the talk, there will be a vehicle tour of the existing snowmaking and water-collection/pumping/storage facilities. This tour is limited to 35 people, good walking shoes required.

Register here:

Reverse Engineering Pizza Party

Wednesday Sept. 10, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Time Out Pizzeria, 1350 Central Ave.

Come and learn how things work! Sign up for one of three 45-minute sessions that include a kick-off with pizza and a discussion of the world of mechanics, and then get hands-on to learn by taking things apart! Limit 10 participants per session and advance registration required.

Register here:

Los Alamos Smart House Tours

Friday Sept. 12, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Smart House, 1925-D Trinity Dr.

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will offer two tours of its Smart House – a home that is a component of the U.S.-Japan Demonstration Smart Grid built in collaboration with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the DPU. Equipped with highly intelligent Home Energy Management Systems, the project demonstrates how a home of the future might respond to the electric smart grid of the future. Tours are limited to 15 individuals.

Register for the 4 p.m. tour here:

Register for the 5:30 p.m. tour here:

Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk

Saturday Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Los Alamos Arts Council will host the annual Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk, a festival and celebration of chalk drawing. Join us for a celebration of art and community on the sidewalks near Ashley Pond in collaboration with ScienceFest ExpoDay.

Applications to participate as an artist in the Chalk Walk can be picked up at the Arts Council office or found online at It also will be possible to apply the morning of the event.

Apply here:

Biofuel from Algae? Plant Biology Lab and Green House Tour

Saturday Sept. 13, 11 a.m. to noon

New Mexico Consortium 100 Entrada Dr.

New Mexico Consortium will host a tour of its Plant Biology Laboratory and Greenhouse. Check out where researchers are delving into the potentials of Algae to address: 1) sustainable energy production of biofuels, 2) food security, and 3) climate induced ecological change. The tour is limited to 12 individuals. Remember to wear proper attire for a laboratory: long pants, closed toe shoes are required. Safety goggles will be handed out to all attendees.

Register here:

Los Alamos ScienceFest, Sept. 5-13, is a weeklong festival that celebrates Los Alamos, New Mexico as a center of science and creativity. The festival features an exciting line-up of interactive demonstrations, creative competitions, dynamic speakers, community tours and educational-flavored social gatherings to engage families and youth in science. Learn more at

Los Alamos MainStreet produces Los Alamos ScienceFest in partnership with Los Alamos Creative District, and Los Alamos County. A committee of community partners, organizations and local businesses leads the festival.

Los Alamos ScienceFest is sponsored in part by The Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos National Bank, Horizons Sustainable Financial Services, Positive Energy Solar, Hubble Electro-Mechanical, BMW of Santa Fe, The Education Plan, Los Alamos Medical Center, First National Santa Fe, Frank’s Supply, and Lumenscapes 360.