Science and Nature

Scientific research conducted at Harvard University is a key driver of the Greater Boston economy.  Harvard attracts federal funding for Harvard-based research, and local companies founded by Harvard researchers or based on discoveries made in Harvard labs, receive venture capital from around the world. 

In addition to the economic benefits that Harvard’s science initiatives bring to Greater Boston, the University recognizes that exposing students to the latest developments in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is critical to stay competitive in a 21st century global economy.  As one of the nation’s leading research universities and the birthplace of innovations that made the world a better, healthier place, Harvard is well equipped to enrich STEM programs for students and learners of all ages. The university hosts a number of programs with local schools, as well as lectures, events, and opportunities for the greater public to take advantage of Harvard’s science resources.

Highlighted Programs

Harvard University offers learning activities, events, and programs to our friends and neighbors in Allston-Brighton, Boston, and Cambridge on our campuses and in your communities.

The annual Cambridge Science Festival offers a range of science, technology, engineering, and math activities over ten days at a variety of locations.
Science in the News is a graduate student public service organization that hosts a free seminar series for the public aimed at explaining and discussing today’s hottest scientific topics.
Harvard Life Sciences Outreach Program invites high school science classes into Harvard's biology labs to support biology education.
The Arnold Arboretum hosts a variety of events that are free and open to the public including its Director’s Lecture Series, Tree Mobs, and its annual Lilac Sunday.
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