SciBar – literally science in a bar!
SciBar meetings are discussions about science that take place while people enjoy a drink. If you have a general interest in science (or one of the topics happens to grab your attention), then it’s a good place to learn a bit more, or to ask speakers the questions you’ve always wanted answered. You don’t have to know about science – just turn up with an inquiring mind.
What is SciBar?
The SciBar idea came from the British Science Association, a nationwide organisation. Local SciBars are set up and run by volunteers.
At a SciBar, a researcher or expert delivers a short introduction to their work, the background behind it and where it is going. This isn’t a lecture but rather a way to get the ball rolling for a discussion. Once the introduction is over the floor is opened to general questions and discussion. Any level of question is welcome. SciBar is open to anyone, you don’t have to be a member and there’s no charge.
Bollington SciBar grew out of a hugely successful series of events during the 2009 Bollington Festival, when interest was shown in a regular meeting. It now generally happens once a month, on the second Monday of the month.
What topics have been tackled by Bollington SciBar?
In previous Bollington SciBars we have discussed the colours of butterfly wings, the wonders of antimatter, research into biological clocks and the effect of CO2 on global warming. Future topics are selected according to the requests of SciBar participants.