This is the official departmental seminar that meets, usually in the Bio Labs Main Lecture Hall, on Thursday afternoons at 4:00pm. A reception follows and there is often an opportunity to have dinner with the speaker (contact the hosting lab). Notices go up on all the bulletin boards and the schedule for the entire year is posted on the OEB Website (http://www.oeb.harvard.edu/news_events/seminars.html) where you can also suggest future speakers. The seminar series is run by a committee headed by Scott Edwards.
OEB Graduate Seminar Series
The OEB Graduate Seminar Series (OEBGSS, pronounced "Obie-Gas") is organized by the graduate students. It provides a non-threatening environment (i.e., no faculty) in which grad students give short talks about their thesis research, or any other related topic of interest, followed by questions and discussion. Look for posted flyers for a schedule. Contact your graduate student representatives for more info. Biology 399, a.k.a. "Professors on Parade" Specifically held for 1st year graduate students (who are required to attend), these seminars feature faculty members and visiting OEB seminar speakers giving brief talks about their research. A discussion about the speaker's topic continues after the talk for class members.
Earth History and Paleobiology Seminar
The EHAP seminar series is a joint product of OEB, Earth and Planetary Science, and Anthropology. The series brings in speakers from all over the country and the world. Seminars are held in Geology 102, Haller Hall on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Posters appear on bulletin boards announcing the talks. There are also informal opportunities to interact with the speakers (usually dinner after the lecture).
Harvard University Herbaria Seminar
This seminar series in the Herbaria meets on Tuesdays or Thursdays during lunch time (bring your lunch), and the speakers are often people visiting the department. All botanical topics are covered. Notices are posted in advance. Contact Elena Kramer (ekramer@oeb) for more detailed information or check out http://www.huh.harvard.edu/seminar_series/index.html
The Evolution Journal Club
This journal club aims to create an environment that people can discuss evolution in both theoretical and experimental aspects. The participants include graduate students, postdocs and faculties from MCB, OEB, CGR, Physics and MIT biology departments. Participants have to present in a rotating base (usually about once or twice a year). They can talk about their research projects or ideas if they want, or they can pick a paper related to evolution no matter it's a new or old one. There is no specific focus on the topics. The discussion is very informal and it usually lasts about one hour. For those who are interested in this journal club, they can contact Greg Lang (firstname.lastname@example.org). Note however, that the Evolution Journal Club is not currently active, but may start up again if there is enough demand.
Mind/Brain/Behavior Graduate Student Seminar Series
MBB pulls graduate students from 10+ different departments and several different schools. Seminars occur biweekly on Thursdays at 6:15 in William James Hall. Food and beers are served and the talks are purposely not too specific or technical, making for a friendly learning atmosphere. (http://mbb.harvard.edu/)
MCB Seminar Series
Weekly seminars held in the main lecture hall of the Bio Labs on Thursdays at noon. Look for information posted in the Bio Labs or on the MCB calendar website (https://www.mcb.harvard.edu/mcb/events/mcb-calendar/).
The Bauer Forum meets on Fridays at 3pm in Sherman Fairchild and showcases people and work in genomics and systems biology. Suggestions for speakers can be sent to Bodo Stern at email@example.com. A schedule of the Bauer Forum and other talks can be found at http://sysbio.harvard.edu/csb/ .
The Broad Institute
The Broad Institute represents a research collaboration between the academic and medical communities at both Harvard and MIT. Groups within the institute focus on Genome Biology, Medical and Population Genetics, Chemical Biology, Infectious Disease, among other topics. http://www.broadinstitute.org/quicklinks/quicklinks-students-and-educators.
Cambridge Entomological Club
The Cambridge Entomological Club has regular meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, with speakers discussing various entomological topics. Notices are posted in advance. For more information visit http://entclub.org/.
New England Botanical Club
The New England Botanical Club is a private organization that is based in the Herbaria. There are evening meetings on the first Friday of each month in the Lecture Hall (Room 102) of the Fairchild Biochemistry Building, 7 Divinity Ave. at Harvard University at 6:45 PM; a short business meeting is followed by a seminar. Non-members are welcome to attend; club memberships are $8.00. Go to http://www.rhodora.org/Meetings.html for more information.
New England Herpetological Society
The New England Herp Society meets monthly at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham, MA. Meetings consist of a talk or program on reptile or amphibians, preceded and followed by fondling of specimens brought in by members. Annual dues are $15. More info can be found at http://www.neherp.com.
Fourth Floor and Friends (MCZ) Seminars
These seminars meet in the lecture room on the 4th floor of the MCZ Labs, near the Pierce and Farrell labs, usually on Friday mornings around 10am. Speakers usually present talks in fields such as ecology, behavior, co-evolution, phylogeny, and development. There is an e-mail mailing list which distributes the schedule and seminar reminders. Contact the Naomi Pierce (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Seminar calendars or email lists in the Boston Area
BioWeek calendar at http://www.wi.mit.edu/programs/biologyweek/biologyweek.html (It comes out weekly and lists seminars throughout the Boston area). Another source for life science seminars in the Harvard area is at https://www.mcb.harvard.edu/mcb/p/mcb-affiliate-events/.