DC Science Cafe

Check out the next D.C. Science Cafe on March 2! A conversation about trees from the global to the hyperlocal.

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

Upcoming event:

Saving Science From Itself

The scientific enterprise is a precious jewel in humanity’s narrative. It’s been the most reliable basis for uncovering provisional truths about how the world works, for technological innovation, and for decision-making on scales ranging from the personal to the global. But as Dan Sarewitz, co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University, sees it, the common and long-held claim that the self-direction of science accounts for its social benefits is a myth and has led to alarming flaws in science’s organization, funding, and reward systems. The most important foundation of the scientific enterprise — trust in its fundamental validity and social value — is now at risk, he says. Join Sarewitz and Will Thomas, an historian of science and a policy analyst at the American Institute of Physics, for an historically-anchored discussion about what ails science and what the remedies might be, the social benefits we should expect from our massive investment in science, and what’s at stake if we ignore inconvenient truths about the present state of scientific inquiry.

Monday January 24, 2017, 6:30  –  8:30 pm

Busboys and Poets

1025 5th St., NW, D.C.

Most recent event event:

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.