Adult Programming in Thunder Bay

Science Cafés

Science Cafes

Science Cafes are a regular conversation series, aiming to break down the barriers between academia and the general public. Science Cafes democratize science, taking it out of the domain of the expert and allowing everyone to voice an opinion. It pulls science away from its usual habitats of the classroom and the laboratory, and into cafes, bars, restaurants, even theatres, demystifying new developments and opening them up for public debate. Join the Science North staff and various members of the local community in this regular event, to listen, learn and share.


The next Science Café will be held in 2017. Check back here for regular updates.

Nerd Nite

Nerd Nites

A regular event where nerds and those who love them get together to drink beer and give 20-ish-minute presentations to other nerds on subjects that are ostensibly of great interest to nerds. Past topics include the chemistry of coffee, meat-eating plants, how drug use affects the musical brain, and bike-nomics. It's like the Discovery Channel, with beer.


A regular event where nerds and those who love them get together to drink beer and give 20-ish-minute presentations to other nerds on subjects that are ostensibly of great interest to nerds. Past topics include the chemistry of coffee, meat-eating plants, how drug use affects the musical brain, and bike-nomics. It's like the Discovery Channel, with beer.

Toronto Nerd Nite takes over Thunder Bay! Special guest nerds Virve Aljas and Lauren Shorser are the nerd bosses of Toronto Nerd Nite. To help celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Thunder Bay Science Festival they are coming north to show us how it's done!

Heritage Minutes, Ontario-style - By Virve Aljas

Canada is a young 150, and we’re getting nostalgic. Organizations like Historica Canada remind us of significant Canadian people and by taking history mainstream. Virve Aljas is part of a generation that grew up watching the iconic "Heritage Minutes": 60-second vignettes on TV, and they’re making a comeback. We'll watch a few Ontario-based Minutes and look at the stories behind them. (Hint: Superman is one of us).

Alien Minds - By Lauren Shorser

Though most people only encounter them on a dinner plate, cephalopods (octopus, squid, and cuttlefish) are much more than seafood. These short-lived, anti-social, and occasionally cannibalistic invertebrates are making a name for themselves - both as intelligent beings in their own right, and as a model for new ways of seeing the world.

When Bears Attack - By Dr. Rob Foster

Dr. Foster will present other biologists' peer-reviewed science on bear attacks, as well as alternative facts based on his personal experience. A re-tooled East African dung beetle ecologist, Rob has worked in the boreal forest much of his professional life, and seems to have had more than his fair share of bear encounters of the most predaceous kind, perhaps due to the bacon underpants his wife lovingly gave him.

Plus TRIVIA!

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017

Location: Tony and Adam's at 7 pm

Cost: FREE




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