SciComm Studio 003: Science in Unexpected Places

Ideas for taking scientific research into the world.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


June 30, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



Science is all around us. How can science communicators promote research and understanding beyond the boundaries of traditional contexts?

Our third SciComm Studio meetup explores science in unexpected places. From festivals in baseball stadiums to art-science exhibitions and beyond, our speakers create engaging science communication in public places. They’ll share their strategies for creating your own science events in novel settings.

Josh Bacigalupi will share insights from his work developing the Studio for Public Spaces at the Exploratorium. Kishore Hari will share his experiences as Director of the Bay Area Science Festival and his involvement in the March for Science. Pier 17 Science Studio Fellow Tanja Coray, Communications Officer from NCCR Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich, will discuss innovative event formats and exhibitions that bridge art and science.


6:30: doors
7:00: talks
8:00: networking
9:00: close


Josh Bacigalupi

Josh BacigalupiJosh Bacigalupi is an architectural designer focused on learning from and contributing to vital systems and teams. Towards this goal, he studied environmental science and physical chemistry as an undergrad; and, he then went on to a masters in architecture and a 20 year design practice. His science and design backgrounds cross-fertilized leading to a rigorous theory and practice of research and place making. This has afforded the opportunity to contribute to a UC Berkeley consortium on living emergent dynamics; and, this overlap between science and design has also led to co-developing the Studio for Public Spaces at the Exploratorium.

Kishore Hari

Kishore HariKishore Hari is a science educator who specializes in producing innovative live science events. Currently, he’s the director of the Bay Area Science Festival, which is based out of the University of California, San Francisco. Hari hosts Mother Jones’ weekly science podcast Inquiring Minds and is the science correspondent for Adam Savage’s Kishore is a former chemist who previously founded an environmental services company that specialized in treatment and removal of mercury.

Tanja Coray

Tanja CorayTanja Coray is a science communicator with a strong interest in communicating projects in the fields of architecture and construction, energy, and environmental sciences to both special interest communities and the general public. Currently, she is the communications officer of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication, a worldwide leading research consortium working on the integration of digital technologies with physical building processes. Tanja completed a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and a Masters of Science in Corporate Communications with a Minor in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Lugano, Switzerland.

Photo by swissnex SF on Flickr.