Science social groups bring science to the public in ways that are non-threatening, friendly, and engaging. They are part of a growing movement of creative science engagement that includes podcasts, social media, and art-science. Science socials work best when they occur outside of academic or museum institutions — science in the public sphere. Coaching scientists and science communicators to keep their messages short, visual, humorous, and beautiful helps keep people coming back.
In 2014, I founded Asheville Science Tavern as a way to share the science of our biodiverse region. Asheville is also home to the headquarters of the nation’s climate data, at National Centers for Environmental Information, so it is becoming known as “Climate City.” Asheville Science Tavern meets once a month for Second Sundays for Science, offers science hikes and outings, and helps publicize other science events in the area.
Contact me for advice on how to set up a science social event in your area.