Learn about the science of touch with the star-nosed mole. (Photo: Dr. Ken Catania, Vanderbilt University)
Learn about the science of touch with the star-nosed mole. (Photo: Dr. Ken Catania, Vanderbilt University)

The annual Bay Area Science Festival kicks off on Thursday with 50 events over 10 days. Now in its third year, the event is part of a growing movement of science festivals nationwide.

“When we first started this project, there was maybe four or five in the nation,” says festival director Kishore Hari. “Now there’s three dozen and there’s more coming online every year.”

Bay Area residents can dive into the region’s rich scientific research through demos, lab tours, free talks and live performances.

“I think science is an important part of the culture of the Bay Area,” Hari says. “A science festival elevates science as an important part of culture just like music and art and food.”

You can check out the full schedule, and here are some of our event picks.

  • Yosemite and UC Berkeley: Partners in Research – October 26
    Free public talk and museum tour, highlighting the legacy of scientific research in Yosemite, plus a screening of KQED’s “Resurveying California’s Wildlife 100 Years Later.”
  • The Moth: The Big Bang – October 28
    The much-loved storytelling series delves into creation and chaos at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley.
  • Nerd Nite at Sea – October 30
    Board the USS Hornet in Alameda for science demos on space and robotics (plus beer, 21+ only) and a screening of KQED’s “Edible Insects.”
  • Discovery Days at AT&T Park – November 2
    A free science extravaganza filling an entire baseball park with 150 exhibits (including KQED Science).
  • Radiolab Live: Apocalyptical – November 12, 13, 17
    Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich bring their show to the stage with a slew of special guests.
It’s Geek Week – Bay Area Science Festival Kicks Off 26 December,2013Lauren Sommer


Lauren Sommer

Lauren is a radio reporter covering environment, water, and energy for KQED Science. As part of her day job, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, run from charging elephant seals, and desperately tried to get her sea legs – all in pursuit of good radio. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Living on Earth, Science Friday and NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. You can find her on Twitter at @lesommer.

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