BE THERE and be square.
It’s the tagline for Nerd Nite – a quirky, fun and entertaining event.
Organiser Wade Kelly said the idea was to make complex ideas accessible over a beer with mates.
Mr Kelly said it started with a person talking about his research on the Galapagos Islands every night at the pub before he was convinced to tell everyone at once.
After starting in Boston it’s spread around the world to 85 cities, Wagga will host the nation’s third event after Sydney and Melbourne.
The show will feature presentations on parasites in pigeons by veterinarian Andrew Peters, who studied a migrating pigeon visiting tropical islands and doctoral student Becky Willson will present talk about book burning and censorship.
A third presenter will also feature on May 28.
“The challenge is in not dumbing it down,” Mr Kelly said.
Hailing from Canada, Mr Kelly organiser has put together 20 Nerd Nites and said the key having some fun and informing an audience.
“It’s in a bar, a relaxed atmosphere, it’s a bit of a show,” he said.
In previous events everything from quantum physics to the inner workings of watches has been explored.
Mr Kelly said he looked for people who were experts in their field, or someone who is passionate about a subject to the point where they know more than anyone else.
He said the size of the community didn’t matter.
“Wagga has a lot of things going for it, but it will be one of the smaller (nerd nights),” Mr Kelly said.
“There are people here who are interested in knowing what happens in the world.”
Thursday, May 28 at the Union Club Hotel from 7.30pm
Tickets are $10 and when pre-sold include a free drink.
Available from https://www.stickytickets.com.au/26135
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