think + drink / science
On the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 pm, we transform The Planetarium into a forum for discussions at think + drink / science, a place where you can grab a beer, a glass of wine, or a soft drink and learn about cutting-edge science in a relaxed, informal setting. Typically our “expert du jour” gives a short presentation on the topic of the month, and then opens the floor for questions and discussion.
think + drink / science details:
- Cost: Members of the Discovery Society – $5, Non-members – $8
- Refreshments: Beer, wine, soft drinks and snack available for purchase.
- Tickets: Paid reservations required; please purchase tickets online using the links below or call 941-746-4131, ext. 113.
- Seating: Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; please arrive promptly. Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale (no refunds or exchanges will be given after the start of the program).
Programs and Online Tickets:
Dec. 11: People of the Great Circle
Charlotte County artist and historian Ted Ehmann researched 112 years of anthropological research and theories of the Woodland Period mound building cultures in south Florida. New research and the inclusion of other models revealed bias in previous studies, as well as revelation that the Calusa and Mayaimi were unique cultural phenomena and were exceedingly significant in world prehistory.
Jan. 8: Fundamentals of Astrophotography
Want to capture that amazing shot? Join expert astro imagers from our local astronomy club to discuss and demonstrate some basic astrophotography techniques. These will include techniques of nightscape photography, wide fi eld Milky Way panoramas, deep sky images using a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera, and planetary imaging.
Feb. 12: Manatees and Mermaids: A Perspective from 40 Years in the Field Studying Florida’s Beloved Marine Mammal
Dr. James “Buddy” Powell, Executive Director of Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, has spent 40 years studying and conserving manatees across their range. In this presentation, he shares myths and legends surrounding the manatee, current threats toward their survival, and a brief history of manatee research and conservation, along with some of his field experiences with manatees.
March 11: Carnivorous Plants
Learn carnivorous plant care and history — presented by a vegetarian! Join Kenny Coogan, Education Director of the International Carnivorous Plant Society, as he shares these beautiful and bizarre plants. With over 650 species found globally, and several only found in Florida, it’s easy to find one that will grow for you.