Science Pub RVA creates causal opportunities for curious citizens and local scientists to connect over a sip of some sort. No science background is needed. Participants/attendees can just hang out and listen-in, or help create the conversation by asking questions and piping-up with their thoughts and experiences. Science Pub RVA especially welcomes folks who don’t typically have the opportunity to discuss scientific topics.
What to expect
Relaxed events with the structured portion of the gathering lasting about an hour plus time to socialize, if you wish. Most often, a scientific thinker talks briefly about a specific subject and then we have a moderated discussion on whatever aspects of the topic folks are most curious. Pub is in our name, but sipping a glass of water at these gatherings is completely copacetic. Bring some moola if you want to quench your thirst another way or chew on something in addition to an interesting topic.
Science Pub RVA happenings
Welcome everyone, encourage curiosity & aspire for conversation.
Are not club meetings for scientists & science majors.
Are designed for non-scientists to enjoy a night out, an interesting topic and connecting with others in a relaxed atmosphere. .
Science Pub RVA, founded by Cynthia J. Gibbs,, held its first public event in June 2012. Since then, more than 1,300 curious minds have participated in 20 public events designed for adults. Science Pub RVA has collaborated with or showcased researchers, educators and practitioners from NASA Langley, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Randolph-Macon College, University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation.
By far, the most gratifying accolades we receive are comments and notes from people expressing enjoyment and appreciation for having been to a Science Pub RVA event. Other distinctions include:
being selected by NOVA Science Educators as one of 30 organizations to partner with them on a nation-wide innovation café in 2013, and
being invited by The World Science Festival to be their only 2014 Live Partner in Virginia.
Program and Event Sponsors Needed
Are you enthusiastic about promoting meaningful dialogue in our community? Eager to champion scientific understanding? Thirsty to connect with people who love to learn and discuss ideas? A little can go a long way. Science Pub RVA welcomes sponsors and hosts. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Location of Science Pub RVA happenings
Many Science Pub RVA gatherings are at The Camel. Additionally, events are offered in other locations to encourage more Richmonders to absorb something about science in an atmosphere where no scientific background is expected. If you’re interested in hosting a future Science Pub RVA event, email email@example.com to explore the possibility.
Broaden the Richmond citizenry that is informed by science, convinced of its value and engaged with its applications.