kids get lots of science festivals; we make something for adults, for them to play
taste of science is an annual festival in cities across the United States
We also have ongoing events in some cities
Every year our audience grows and we add new locations
Our purpose is to convey science to a wider audience by holding events, recording podcasts, making videos or any other means we can find to engage with the public. We are run 100% by volunteers.
taste of science is a Scientists, Inc project. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit registered in Florida, dedicated to promoting scientific research. It is a science festival powered by over 150 volunteers across the US. Many of us are scientists either in training or professionally. Others are: engineers, teachers, science communicators and those who do no science at all. Our shared goal is to help disseminate science to all who are interested.
Our big event is our annual taste of science festival which takes place simultaneously in cities across the US. We bring researchers out of their labs, away from their computers or in from their fieldwork to present their work to you.
We do this in the places where people already go to discuss, to listen to each other, to interact with, and to contemplate the world. So, you meet our speakers in your favorite bars, cafés, museums and parks.
This is an opportunity for you to go straight to the source on subjects that you’d often only read or hear about in the news. A chance to hear someone describe what goes on behind closed doors, and a chance to question them about it.
taste of science is an attempt to address the widening gulf between what scientists do and what public perception is. Misinformation from memes and stories from unknown news sources have contributed to this. Scientists too have been guilty of failing to communicate their work in a way that is easy to understand, if they’ve tried to communicate at all. We think our events are a valuable way of informing the non-scientific audience of the important work taking place in their local communities by their friendly neighborhood scientists. It is also a way for scientists to connect with the people benefiting from their research; to remind them what the big picture is.
Since we have no paid staff, our costs are fairly low. We charge entry for the majority of our events, or ask for donations for free events. We fundraise with individual donations, Amazon Smile, and corporate sponsorship. We also ask for donations in kind, such as printing.