Bring your appetite for food, drinks and knowledge to OMSI Science Pubs. These events invite people of all ages to learn about an interesting science topic in a friendly, fun environment.
OMSI Science Pubs are monthly events that celebrate the marvel of science with food and drinks. Some of the science pub topics focus on what’s happening right here in Oregon, while others take you around the world to explore the many wonders of our planet.
Here’s the information on topics, dates and tickets:
OMSI Science Pubs
Events are held at McMenamins Kennedy School and OMSI’s Empirical Theater.
At Kennedy School, you can get dinner, snacks and drinks throughout the presentation. Options range from pizza to burgers to popcorn and candy. And don’t forget the cajun tots.
The Empirical Theater cafe serves sandwiches, salads and movie snacks. You can eat inside the theaters making this a great opportunity for a night out of the house.
Tickets are a $5 donation to OMSI per person. Capacity is limited to 50% at the science pubs.
Advance tickets are recommended. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the check-in table. Tickets at the door are first come, first served. Masks are optional.
Upcoming Topics and Dates
The Multiverse: In Science, Fiction, and Beyond
Have you ever wondered if there’s another universe out there? If so, how would those other universes differ from our own? These questions fill our minds with wonder and lead to wildly imaginative stories. Science has quite a bit to say about this multiverse as well. Come hear what we know about the Multiverse: in science, in fiction, and beyond, from Portland’s favorite science communicator Ethan Siegel.
This science pub is taking place Tuesday, December 6 from 7-9 p.m. at OMSI’s Empirical Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m. Get tickets to this science pub.
Ancient Superpowers: A Look Into Prehistoric Bones and What They Tell Us
McMenamins Kennedy School
People think of dinosaurs and extinct animals as failed designs. However, most of these animals are success stories in themselves. The Tyrannosaurus rex, for example, was actually a careful, cunning predator and sauropods like Dreadnoughtus may have been terrifying hulks.
Paleontologist Nico Spadafora will look into the “superpowers” that set some Mesozoic dinosaurs and Cenozoic megafauna apart.
This science pub is taking place Tuesday, December 13 from 7-9 p.m. at McMenamins Kennedy School. Doors open at 6 p.m. Get tickets for this science pub.
OMSI Science Pubs are taking place at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., and OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave., in Portland.
Parking is free and doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, visit OMSI’s event page.
Amazing Nature: Life in Extreme Environments
Enter an alien world where animals glow to communicate, breathe without oxygen and possess a suite of superpowers to not just survive, but thrive one of the most extreme environments on earth.
Dr. Annie Lindgren, Director of PSU’s Center for Life in Extreme Environments, will talk about the deep sea and the animals that call the deep sea their home. She’ll dive into her research on deep sea cephalopods, how she studies deep sea, and present an overview of some of the fishes and invertebrates living in the deep sea just 65 miles off the coast of Oregon.
This science pub is taking place on Tuesday, January 10 from 7-9 p.m. at OMSI’s Empirical Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m. Get tickets for this science pub.
The Science of Comics | The Comics of Science
McMenamins Kennedy School
In the 1950s comics were put on trial in the U.S. Senate Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency. Ongoing attempts to outlaw comics reveal how significant the medium is for contemporary culture. Why are comics so powerful? How can they be used as a means to democratize and demystify knowledge?
Drawing from a range of examples, University of Oregon professor, Kate Kelp-Stebbins, and Portland Community College instructor, Audra McNamee will discuss the peculiar formal grammar of comics and demonstrate its efficacy for communicating nonfiction stories and scientific research.
This science pub is taking place Tuesday, January 17 from 7-9 p.m. at McMenamins Kennedy School. Doors open at 6 p.m. Get tickets for this science pub.
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