What do Jill Tarter, Bruce Conklin, John Hafernik, and Shannon Bennett have in common? They all do world-class research, and they’ve all shared their work with visitors at the Academy this past summer. The “Chat with an Academy Scientist” program is a live, daytime program at the Science in Action exhibit, available for all Academy visitors.
The program features casual conversations between a Public Programs presenter and a guest researcher in an intimate, un-intimidating space. This model offers a personal and accessible way for our curious visitors to meet the people who drive scientific research. We talk to a different researcher each week, and the ever-fresh subject matter has encouraged the growth of a member fan base, with some members returning for every program. The scientists share their stories of exploration or innovation and the excitement of discovery, and their curiosity and love of engagement with the natural world become contagious.
This fall will feature more researchers including Farallones explorer Rebecca Johnson (Oct. 6), shark scientist Dave Ebert (Oct. 13), ornithologist Jack Dumbacher (Oct. 20), and ocean filmmaker David McGuire (Oct. 27). The program takes place every Saturday at 12:30 pm.
The programs are filmed and streamed live online. You can view archived videos here: