Nerd Nite Victoria
Victoria Event Centre
1415 Broad St, Victoria, BC V8W 2B2, Canada
Nerd Nite Victoria
Monday, October 18th | Doors: 7PM | Show: 8PM
All-Ages | ID Required For Alcohol Service
Nerd Nite Victoria is a monthly event at the VEC where a few speakers give 20 minute presentations about any nerdy subject they are passionate about. We've had talks about film, space propulsion, rats in cities, social class, dinosaurs, colliding galaxies, the science of Star Trek, and lots more. As part of the international Nerd Nite event series, we like to think that learning is more fun when drinking with friends, so we facilitate a night of nerdy immersion in a fun and relaxed environment; grab a beer, have a laugh, and learn something exciting!
"3D Bioprinting Human Tissues On Demand"
Dr. Stephanie Willerth, a Full Professor in Biomedical Engineering, holds a Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Victoria where she has dual appointments in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Division of Medical Sciences. She also holds an appointment with the School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. She recently founded the start-up company - Axolotl Biosciences that sells high quality bioinks for bioprinting human tissue models. She is an active member of the steering committee of the B.C. Regenerative Medicine Initiative and the Stem Cell Network. She also serves as a staff scientist at Creative Destruction Lab. She served as the Acting Director of the Centre for Biomedical Research and the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program at the University of Victoria from 2018-2021 and as the President of Canadian Biomaterials Society from 2018-2019.
"What’s In Your Pond? Developing Microbial Diagnostics"
David Goodlett's 30 year career using mass spectrometry (MS) to solve biomedical problems via novel technology and software developments led him to the University of Victoria in 2020 where he holds the Don and Eleanor Rix BC Leadership Chair in Biomedical & Environmental Proteomics as Professor. He is also Director of the internationally acclaimed Genome BC Proteomics Centre. His research interests lie in developing the lipid A structure-activity relationship in order to elucidate the basis by which lipid A acts as agonist or antagonist on binding MD2/TLR4. He has two startups: Deurion.com and Pataigin.com focused on MS uses in the life sciences. He is a co-organizer of MSBM.ORG, a mass spectrometry summer school, and is an Editor at Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.
"Deep Sea Halloween: The Creepy Creatures of the Pacific"
Monika will present some of the most monstrous, spine-tingling, creepy creatures of the Pacific Ocean's abyss. She will share some macabre scientific decay experiments and the nightmarish creatures recorded by Ocean Networks Canada’s underwater cabled observatories located in all three of Canada’s oceans. Be prepared to see some of the weird, wonderful and fiendishly freaky organisms of Canada’s west coast. Enjoy exploring the science behind finding mysteries and curiosities of the deep sea environment
Monika Pelz is a K-12 Education Coordinator with Ocean Networks Canada. She holds a BEd from the University of Victoria and also works as a Teacher On Call. Monika enjoys nature, despite what it did to her, and enjoys the small pleasures in life, like phoning in sick to places she doesn’t work and giving a fake name when ordering a coffee or receiving a speeding ticket.
In the event that public health restrictions prevent this event from going ahead, all tickets purchased for this event will automatically be valid for the next rescheduled date. Refunds will be made available as needed - please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
≫ COVID Safety Info ≪
▪︎ Due to COVID-19, there will be a limit of 90 tickets available for purchase. Tables will be seated in the venue once the whole group has arrived.
▪︎ Tickets should be purchased online in advance, through our website, to ensure availability. If space remains, additional tickets will be available at the door.
▪︎ The bar will provide table service. Instead of going up to the bar, a server will visit you to take orders and to clear empty glassware.
▪︎ Masks are required, except when seated at your table. If you do not have one, one will be provided for you.
▪︎ Unfortunately, we cannot allow mingling between tables or dancing. If you’re feeling the groove, we encourage you to shimmy in your seat!
▪︎ Beginning September 13th, in accordance with Provincial Health Order, all ticketholders will be required to show proof of vaccination at the door in order to attend. More information about the BC Vaccine Card is available at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html
Read the VEC's full Covid safety plan here:
≫ Safer Spaces ≪
▪︎ At the VEC there is zero tolerance for any type of racist, sexist, ableist, fatphobic, transphobic or homophobic behaviour. By purchasing a ticket and attending this event, you agree to conduct yourself with the utmost respect for everyone at this event. In the event that you do not, you may be asked to leave without a refund.
▪︎ If you feel uncomfortable at any time, please let a VEC staff person know and we will try to support you in the best way possible.
≫ Land Acknowledgement ≪
▪︎ We would like to gratefully acknowledge that the territory on which this event takes place is on the traditional, stolen, unceded land of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We acknowledge the rich cultural history of the many peoples and rituals that have been affected by the ongoing process of dispossession and colonialism. We hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.
≫ Accessibility ≪
▪︎ Our seating is a combination of high tables, bar stools, and cocktail tables with chairs. If you require assistance with this, please make a note when purchasing tickets or contact us at email@example.com and VEC staff will do their best to accommodate.
▪︎ There are three multi-user, gender-inclusive bathrooms with stalls. One bathroom has a larger stall with its own sink and a grab bar (more details in the ‘Bathrooms’ section).
▪︎ The Victoria Event Centre currently does not have an operational elevator, and there is one long flight of stairs at the venue entrance. The only way into the VEC is up 27 wood stairs, 11″ deep, 6″ high. There are wooden 2.5” handrails 38” up the wall on each side of the staircase (54” apart, so not graspable on both sides at once. See further details in the ‘Getting Inside’ section)
▪︎ If you would like to attend the event but require assistance with accessing the space, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and VEC staff will do their best to accommodate.
▪︎ Inside the Victoria Event Centre there is a gender inclusive wheelchair accessible washroom that technically fits necessary size dimensions, but is missing a bar and a handrail beside the toilet.There are two stalls in the washroom, but only one of these has been renovated to meet 5'x5' wheelchair clearance.
▪︎ More detailed venue accessibility info is available at:http://www.victoriaeventcentre.ca/attendees/accessibility/
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