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Speed Dating with Science

  • PianoFight 144 Taylor Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

This Valentine's day share the Love of Science with us. We've got a special treat - Speed Dating with Science!

5 scientists will bring their expertise to the dinner table. You get to sit back and enjoy the Science they share with you.

Each scientist gets 10mins to talk and demonstrate their work with your group. After 10mins, a new scientist takes their place and gets 10mins to talk about their work and repeat. Much like speed dating but with Science!

We've got the science behind a plant based burger (tasting included), the mechanism behind CRISPR, sex life of color changing sea slugs, live demo of mushroom bricks and bacterial art that you get to make and take home with you.

Note: there isn't any actual "dating". We're only borrowing the speed dating format.

Tickets: $10 Online, $15 at the Door
Wednesday, Feb 14
Doors: 6:30pm, Start: 7pm
Food and Drinks available for purchase

Bonus feature: Check out this comedic storytelling event happening at PianoFight right after Speed Dating With Science:

F*ck Tinder: a love story written and performed by David Rodwin

PianoFight, 144 Taylor St, San Francisco

Making the Impossible Burger

Cate Levey

Cate Levey

Sr. Food Technologist at Impossible Foods

Impossible Foods was founded in 2011 to revolutionize the world's food system and make it more sustainable -- by making delicious, nutritious meat and dairy foods directly from plants.

The company's first product, the Impossible Burger, delivers the irresistible taste, texture, and aroma of ground beef while using far less of the Earth's finite resources than conventional beef.

Learn How To Make Bacterial Art

Maureen Muldavin

Program Manager at Counter Culture Labs

Learn how to make colorful and unique living art. Design your own art piece using our colorful bacteria. 

We will cover the basics of agar preparation and bacterial growth. Participants will be able to create their own works on provided petri plates.

CRISPR - a ground-breaking tool for genetic engineering

Michael Gomez

Dr. Michael Gomez

Researcher at Innovative Genomics Institute, Berkeley

CRISPR has emerged as a ground-breaking tool that enables scientists to make precise edits to genomes. We have the potential to eradicate diseases, transform agricultural industry, and make leaps forward in environmental and life science.

I will discuss the CRISPR mechanism, future implications, and ethical considerations.

Cryptic Coral Connoisseurs

Allison Fritts-Penniman

Dr. Allison Fritts-Penniman

Researcher at California Academy of Sciences

In the world of sea slugs, nudibranchs are known for their flashy colors. Lesser known are the cryptic, camouflaged nudibranchs that take "you are what you eat" to the next level.

I'll tell you all about nudibranchs that steal elements from their prey to become invisible, or to fight back against predators. What these nudibranchs eat may even control who they mate with.

The Future is Fungal

Anja Scholze

Dr. Anja Scholze

Program Manager at The Tech Museum of Innovation

One fascinating new area of biomaterials innovation involves using living fungus mycelium to make furniture, building materials, leather, styrofoam replacements, and more.

How does this work? What are the benefits and future implications? Come learn about (and touch) sample mycelium objects and living mushroom material.

Earlier Event: January 31
Illusions and Cell Death