PacSci Perspectives

Global Health Education Coming To Pacific Science Center

by | Apr 2, 2018

Evening Lectures Happening Each Month in Partnership with the Washington Global Health Alliance

SEATTLE, WA (March 28, 2017) – Pacific Science Center will be offering evening lectures focusing on global health throughout 2019. The Global Health and Development Series consists of presentations from local scientists or researchers working on innovative, ambitious, and scalable solutions to address health problems in developing countries. The Global Health and Development Series is a partnership of the Washington Global Health Alliance and the Pacific Science Center and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Global Health and Development Series is part of the Science Center’s Science in the City program, developed in 2016 as a way to present scientific topics to the community. These evening lectures highlight current science topics and research from leading, local organizations that dive into topics that affect our community and our world. The Science Center aims to serve as a community laboratory and living room, where guests can gather to discuss, debate and collaborate on science and technology. Science in the City provides just that. Each event includes a short presentation (30-40 minutes) and Q&A with the audience.

“We are fierce believers in the power of collaboration to change the world. Collaboration depends on a shared understanding, and we are delighted to support that by bringing some of Washington’s best and brightest thinkers and doers in global health to the Pacific Science Center,” said Dena Morris, President and CEO of the Washington Global Health Alliance.

The Science Center chose global health and development as the focus for this series because Washington is home to many leading organizations in the global health front. By offering this series, we are able to bring light to the great work being done right in our backyard and encourage the community to get involved. “The goal of this lecture series for us is to increase the visibility of global health and the role science plays in it. We want to ignite the curiosity of creative minds here in our community and around the world to inspire and encourage them to get involved in global health issues,” said Will Daugherty, President and CEO of Pacific Science Center. “We are honored to work with such impactful organizations as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Washington Global Health Alliance. With their help, we are bringing in guest lecturers who are paving pathways in global health and development research.”

This series offers a wide range of speakers, including:

  • Shawn Baker, Director, Nutrition, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Azita Emami, Dean of the University of Washington College of Nursing
  • Emilio Emini, Director, HIV Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Gabrielle Fitzgerald, Board Chair for Washington Global Health Alliance and Founder and CEO of Panorama

Lectures will occur on the second Tuesday of each month in the Science Center’s PACCAR IMAX® Theater. The next lecture will feature Shawn Baker. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. and are free of charge. Beer and wine will be available for purchase starting at 6:30 p.m., with last call at 8:30. Reservations are recommended to guarantee seats. More information and reservations can be found at

Contact: Delaney Berreth
PR & Marketing Coordinator 
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Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit institution in Seattle. The institution’s mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Pacific Science Center’s award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year – in their communities, classrooms, and on the Pacific Science Center campus and at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark.