Tav­ern meet-up a chance for sci­ence-lovers to bond

Geraldton Guardian - - News - Francesca Mann

Part of the Murchi­son Tav­ern will be trans­formed into a sci­ence-lover’s heaven this month for Sci­napse’s first so­cial meet-up of the year.

Founded in 2012, Sci­napse is a not-for-profit sci­ence en­gage­ment group fo­cused on in­spir­ing the Mid West com­mu­nity and pro­mot­ing what’s hap­pen­ing in the re­gion.

The net­work of vol­un­teers has more than 80 mem­bers and reg­u­larly runs sci­ence-based ac­tiv­i­ties such as lec­tures, movies, work­shops and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment events.

Sci­napse chair­woman Emma Jack­son said the so­cial meet-up on Fe­bru­ary 23 would pro­vide op­por­tu­nity for like-minded peo­ple to meet.

“I re­ally want to get th­ese mem­bers to­gether and get them more ac­tive,” she said.

“Find out what they want to do, what they want to show­case to the com­mu­nity and what they’re keen to be a part of this year. We have a lot of re­searchers com­ing to our re­gion and we’re con­nect­ing those lead­ing sci­en­tists and get­ting them talk­ing about the sci­ence hap­pen­ing in our back­yard.

“We re­ally hope it in­spires more peo­ple to vol­un­teer and help in the com­mu­nity and make Ger­ald­ton a bet­ter place.”

Dur­ing the event, pun­ters will take part in sci­ence games and ex­per­i­ments.

Sci­napse co-or­di­na­tor Kirsty Ki­pling said any­one in­ter­ested in sci­ence was wel­come.

“We re­ally want to in­crease our net­work of sci­en­tists in the Mid West and open our group up,” she said. “Any­one can do sci­ence and any­one can be a sci­en­tist.

“If you are in­ter­ested and want to con­nect with other sci­ence-lovers, please come along and see what we’re all about.”

The meet-up will take place in the tav­ern’s Arm­strong Lounge on Fe­bru­ary 23 from 6pm. At­ten­dees are en­cour­aged to con­trib­ute $15 for piz­zas. For more in­for­ma­tion visit sci­napse.org.au.

Pic­ture: Sci­napse

Sci­napse chair­woman Emma Jack­son and com­mit­tee mem­bers An­drew Outh­waite, John Gour­ley, Ken Law­son and Mark Canny.

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