The DC Science Café, founded by Ivan Amato in 2011, provides an opportunity for the public to become directly engaged in open, facilitated, curiosity-driven discussions about the scientific discoveries and technologies that fascinate, enlighten, amuse, befuddle, terrify and otherwise move us. These discussions will cover everything from the origin of the universe to the ethical dilemmas that accompany new reproductive technologies to the magical materials still latent within the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements.
Our aim is to give the general public an opportunity to participate in lively and important discussions about the consequential scientific discoveries and issues of our times. No science background required!
DC Science Cafés happen roughly every two months at Busboys and Poets’ 5th and K St location near downtown Washington, D.C. For more information or to be notified about future events, contact Ivan Amato, founder and facilitator of DC Science Café, at DCScienceCafe@dcswa.org
From the exotic pet trade to urban biodiversity—meet the new socio-environmental scientists
Understanding the co-dependencies of ecosystems and human societies takes a synthesis of natural and social science. For her part, wildlife veterinarian and research scientist Elizabeth Daut is applying this synthesis to tease out how the interplay of government policy and the importation of animals primarily for the exotic pet industry opens ecosystems, native wildlife, and people to a range of health threats. Meanwhile, ecologist and evolutionary biologist Chris Trisos is looking into how the growth of urbanization—cities now cover 3% of Earth’s land surface—could reduce, or perhaps increase, the diversity among plant and animal communities across the entire planet. Join Elizabeth and Chris for a discussion about how their new approach to synthesizing disparate sciences, theories, data, and tools can open the way to asking and answering complex and consequential questions about people, society and ecosystems.
Monday October 3, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Busboys and Poets
1025 5th St., NW, D.C.
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At a first-of-its-kind DC Science Café event, local performers moved by the scientific narrative of our times will share their songs, poetry, rap, comedy and other favored forms of expression in an on-stage demonstration of just how well art and science go together.
After a series of short, featured performances, the mike will open to members of the audience who have come prepared with their own science-themed pieces to share.
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Busboys and Poets @ Takoma
235 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC 20012
Note the special location at the Busboys and Poets restaurant in Takoma Park.