The Merced County Office of Education, with UC Merced, will host the sixth annual Dinner With a Scientist on March 29.
The event isn't open to the public.
Scientists will meet at UC Merced for an evening of food and conversation — though the conversation will be with sixth- through eighth-grade students who are prospective scientists.
The event gives Merced County students in those grades the chance to interact with scientists from a variety of fields of study over dinner in a professional environment, MCOE said in a news release.
Dr. Christopher Viney, professor of engineering and founding faculty at UC Merced, is the keynote speaker.
In addition to a keynote speaker, each table is assigned at least one scientist representing local organizations, such as California Fish and Game, Hilmar Cheese, Foster Farms, Merced College and the Merced Police Department.
In conjunction with UC Merced, Dinner With a Scientist events have also been held in Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties for the past eight years.
For more information contact Val LeDuc at firstname.lastname@example.org.