Science Cafe returns Monday, with climate focus, to Hadley location
AMHERST — The Science Café, a program to explain technical topics to everyday people, returns for its third year of presentations at local coffee shops. The first event of the academic year, “Some Like it Hot,” takes place at 6 p.m. Monday at the Esselon Café in Hadley.
“We all feel passionately about making science more accessible and connecting with our community,” said Sarah Goodwin, a University of Massachusetts doctoral student and one of the organizers of the series. “We’ve tried to design the Science Café to be as accessible as possible.”
Monday’s event will feature Bethany Bradley, an assistant professor of environmental conservation at UMass, whose “Some Like it Hot” talk will include a discussion of her work with invasive plants, invasion risks and understanding how terrestrial systems will respond to the changing climate.
“As her title indicates, some plants, namely invasive, will be spreading rapidly as the climate changes,” said Goodwin.
The series is organized by a group of about 10 students at the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology graduate program at the university, which provides training in animal behavior, ecology, evolutionary biology and organismic biology.
Inspired by “Science Cabaret” in Ithaca, N.Y., the Science Café series strives to bring engaging science conversations to broad audiences. It does so by inviting scientists to talk about their work in a way that can be understood by listeners without science backgrounds.
The event runs for about an hour. It is free and open to the public and includes a question-and-answer session and prizes. Light snacks will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase.
The Science Café is also supported by the Society for the Study of Evolution and the university’s Natural History Collections.