Out and About in San Diego: Events for the Science Enthusiast

Originally published by The BMS Times

I feel lucky to live in such an amazing spot. No, I’m not talking sand and surf—I’m talking science. There are few places in the country (or the world, actually) that can compete with what San Diego has to offer. From academic research and drug development to public events and science outreach for all ages, San Diego is unique.

Here’s a quick look at some of the upcoming and ongoing events in the area, all of which are both scientist and general public friendly:

Nerd Nite

What is Nerd Nite? It’s like TED Talks … with a bit more cheek … and a lot more beer!”

Nerd Nite was started by a Boston University graduate student, and was first held at the Midway Café in Boston back in 2003. The event now takes place monthly, all over the world.

The concept behind Nerd Nite is to get people together to hear a few 20(ish) minute talks about work in a scientific field. You can expect to learn about everything from video game design and robotics to environmental conservation.

Here in San Diego, Nerd Nite takes place on the first Tuesday of every month, and is located at 32 North Brewing Co. The next Nerd Nite is April 4th!

Register at: https://sandiego.nerdnite.com

and follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1694156307515492/

And if you’re feeling super enthused, check out Nerd Nite events all over the world: https://nerdnite.com

Taste of Science 

Taste of Science is an annual festival where science researchers share their work with anyone who’s interested.  Being a scientist is not required—this is all about making science accessible, so encourage your non-scientist friends and family to join!

This year, the festival will take place April 23-28.

Register at: https://tasteofscience.org/san-diego

Suds & Science

You can learn about everything from the science of beer to superhero physics to the genius of genomes. All of that for the price of a beverage! Suds & Science puts the fun and spirit(s) back into science.”

Suds & Science, sponsored by the Fleet Science Center, is a monthly event that brings scientists face-to-face with the general public in a neighborhood bar, with the location changing each month. The evening starts with a presentation, followed up by time for questions and conversation.

The next event is Monday, April 10, 6:30-8pm, at Mangia Italiano, and will feature Lynn Waterhouse, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who’s talk is titled, “The Balance Between Conservation and Fisheries Management.” She will discuss the threat of pollution and overfishing to the world’s fisheries and the importance of balancing ocean conservation and fisheries management to allow for sustainable food security.

Register at: http://www.rhfleet.org/events/suds-science

Two Scientists Walk into a Bar

Two Scientists Walk into a Bar is another great community program by the Fleet Science Center. Local scientists make their way to dozens of bars around San Diego for a night of fun conversation with any interested patrons. Scientists will be spotted under a sign that reads, “We are scientists. Ask us anything!” Don’t be surprised if you see some familiar faces from BMS!

The next event is likely in June, but check back on http://www.rhfleet.org/events/two-scientists-walk-bar for the exact date.

Interested in being one of those scientists? Contact: scienceontherocks@rhfleet.org

The Wet Lab

The Wet Lab is the only do-it-yourself Bio Citizen Science facility in San Diego, with the goal of making cutting edge biotechnology accessible to everyone. They are located at the Fab Lab in Makers Quarter.

The Wet Lab sponsors tons of events as well as a lecture series that’s held at both the La Jolla Riford and San Diego Central libraries.

Check out their website: http://wetlab.org

and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wetlab/#_=_ for upcoming events.

So, next time you’re looking to maybe have a beer and learn something new (?!) with scientists and non-scientists alike, check out some of these events!

If you’d like to see other awesome San Diego happenings added to this list, shoot us an email at BMSTimes@gmail.com

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