Science Pub RVA is a citizen-led science cafe offering informal education for curious citizens and local scientists to connect over a sip of some sort in Richmond, Virginia.
Science Pub RVA creates a comfortable atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome to attend and participate in a conversation about science and society, especially if they don’t typically engage with science. Everyone is invited to come absorb something, pipe up with their thoughts and questions, or just hang back and listen.
What to expect:
Relaxed events (often the first Tuesday of the month) with the structured portion of the gathering lasting about an hour. A scientific thinker talks briefly about a specific subject for a bit and we have a moderated discussion (intentionally longer than the speaker’s presentation) on whatever aspects participants/attendees are most curious.
What to bring:
All you need bring is a bit of interest. Sci Pub events are in casual venues like bars and restaurants. Sipping a glass of water at these free gatherings is completely copacetic. Or, bring some moola to quench your thirst another way or chew on something in addition to an interesting topic. While not a requirement, we’d be grateful if you’d also bring paper money to kick into the beaker to help keep Science Pub RVA solvent.
Science Pub RVA events are:
- welcome everyone
- encourage curiosity and conversation
Science Pub RVA events are not:
- club meetings for scientists and science majors
- lengthy lectures witnessed by passive audience
Science Pub RVA Origins
Science Pub RVA was brought into being in 2012 without funding, sponsorship of affiliation by science enthusiast Cynthia Gibbs.
Sponsors Always Wanted!
Do you want to help advance public understanding of science? Help foster interesting dialogue In our community? Connect with curious, creative, smart citizens who love to learn and discuss ideas? A little can go a long way. Science Pub RVA welcomes sponsors and hosts. Email Cynthia.Gibbs@sciencepubrva.com to learn more.
If funding is needed, why are events free?
Science Pub RVA strongly believes in barrier-free opportunities to connect with science in our community. Science Pub’s committment to this means that we inform venue hosts that we must be able to market our events as ”sipping on a glass of water is copacetic.”
While Science Pub is officially free, a $5.00 donation is suggested, or the equivalent of whatever you spend on your sip of choice. Please know that, if it’s not financially doable for you, that’s ok, this is not a requirement. For those who’d prefer to make a one-time gift, anything from $25 to $100, and consider themselves done for the season, can do so via Eventbrite.
Location of Science Pub RVA happenings
Science Pub RVA considers it’s home base to be The Camel. Additionally, Science Pub RVA occasionally ventures out to other neighborhoods so that more Richmonders can participate in the fun of absorbing something in an atmosphere where no science background is needed. If you’d ike to host a future Science Pub RVA event, email Cynthia.Gibbs@sciencepubrva.com to explore the possibility.
Science Cafe Networks
Science cafes occur in varying forms and locations around the world. Some of the centralizing characteristics of science cafes include their informal nature, occurrence away from academic and institutional environs and their ability to tout “no background in science required”.
If you’re planning a trip to another city and want to see if there’s a free science talk while you’re there, check out the websites of the networks in which Science Pub RVA maintains membership.
Other Active Science Cafes in Virginia
Cafe Scientifique Arlington - founded in 2006 and organized by The Ballston Science and Technology Alliance
Science Straight Up in Charlottesville – founded in Spring 2013 and organized by The University ofVirginia
A Scientist Walks Into A Bar in Hampton – founded in 2014 and organized byThe Virginia. Institute of. Marine Science
Cafes that have gone dormant in Virginia due to lack of funding include Cafe Scientifique Blacksburg, NASA Langley’s Science Cafe and Science and Reason re
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with Dr. Ernest B. McGowen, III