PLEASE NOTE, WE HAD TO CHANGE THE DATE TO MAR 7TH DUE TO AN ACCIDENTAL SCHEDULING CONFLICT. PLEASE UPDATE YOUR RSVP IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT ON THAT DATE
It's that time everyone! Get ready for Science Open Mic #2. Our first open mic was a magnificent success so we're doing it again. This time around I'm going to try and limit the total presentation time to an hour and fifteen so we have more time to socialize beforehand. I think I have 2 commitments as of this writing, so I need 2 or 3 more. If we can limit the talks to 13 minutes then I think we can get 5 people in, which would be ideal. Social at 6:00 and presentations start at 6:40.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TALKING THIS TIME AROUND, CONTACT ME ASAP AS WE WILL PROBABLY FILL UP. Give me the title of your talk, a one sentence description and how long you think your talk might be (1 minute to approx 13 minutes, longer if the times add up just right). A video projector is available and in our first round 4 people took advantage of it.
What is this you may ask? Well, you've heard of open mics before where someone gets up for 10 minutes or so to share a song, poem, or story. This is no different, but it's all about SCIENCE.
You love science, and you want to share your enthusiasm. Great! Perhaps you've just bought a new 4" refractor telescope and you want to tell everyone about it. Super! Perhaps you have been closely watching the new Mars lander and want to share what you've been learning! We're listening! Maybe you visited an interesting science museum in Ireland. We look forward to living vicariously!
Maybe you just discovered a scientist from centuries ago that no one has heard of and you think maybe its time they did. Fantastic. Maybe you wrote a poem about science. Why not? Maybe you are just excited about science and want to talk about why you are excited about it. Wonderful! You get the idea. Anything goes as long as it's science.
YOU DON'T NEED TO BE AN EXPERT. In fact I suspect that you will most certainly not be. All you need is an interest in something involving science and an interest in sharing it. The audience is guaranteed to be supportive and will cheer you on.
Here are the details. You contact me ASAP and let me know you want to talk. You tell me how much time you need (1 minute to 13 minutes max, possibly a little longer), the title of your talk and a one sentence description. The event will take place only if I have at least 4 presenters. An HDMI video projector will be available if you want one so bring your computer. I can also accommodate iPhone/iPad lightning connections. Or, if you prefer, just use cardboard charts. If you don't need anything, just bring yourself. However you want to do it is fine. A mic will be used.
Here are the rules: The talk must be related to science. No politics or topics that can be construed as attacks on people or groups. Use good judgement! Science policy topics such as climate change or science in schools for example are fine. Other than that, it's your talk. Use your imagination!
Obviously, the success of this event depends heavily on YOU. Maybe you're not sure if you want to present, but you might. I encourage you to give it a shot. If it helps, I know you will be awesome! You will sleep with a smile on your face! You will gain fans and admiration. You may even end up touring the world armed with your newly found passion opening for Neils Degrasse Tyson. The sky is the limit!
See you soon, oh, and yes that is St. Vincent in the photo in case you were wondering.
Photo by Haags Uitburo on Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA