Science & Cocktails is an initiative that brings science and entertainment closer together by creating a series of public lectures intertwined with music/art performances and smoky dry-ice chilled cocktails in your hand.
Scientific knowledge is in general not considered accessible by many and, like any other form of information, it travels from researcher to journalist and is finally transmitted through the usual media channels (but perhaps slightly distorted). Science & Cocktails aims to create a relaxed platform where researchers and audience are on equal footing and conversations can be easily followed while sipping a Famous Penicillin cocktail side by side with your favorite scientist.
It is our belief that a night culture that evolves around knowledge, discussion and entertainment is altogether lacking in urban spaces. Taking a scientific approach that extends not only through information flow but also as an inspiration in music/art and as a tool in the craft of cocktails we seek to create a unique atmosphere.
Each version consists of two parts: the spring season (feb-jul) and the autumn season (oct-dec). Each season has several episodes (all in English and free) that usually take place every second Tuesday at 8pm.
For questions, suggestions or more information about Science & Cocktails, please contact Jácome Armas at jay @ nbi.dk.
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All participants involved in Science & Cocktails work on a voluntary basis, from scientists to bartenders. The small amount of profit made over an entire version is barely the same as a researcher's one month salary in Denmark. These small amounts of income are then used to upgrade the current version in the following year, while we are currently exploring options of using any remaining funds to finance research in developing countries.
We follow a policy of free knowledge sharing while simultaneously dreaming about the existence of a similar platform in neighboring cities in developed countries. As such we are willing to give our know-how to anyone who would like to take this initiative to places where it is still non-existent. At the moment we are only established in Copenhagen and Johannesburg and are about to launch in Brussels.
Science & Cocktails began as a joint cooperation between Teori og Praksis, the Niels Bohr Institute (physics department of Copenhagen's University) and the physicist Jacome Armas. Its first version ran over the year 2010 and was held at the cocktail bar Huset ved Kongens Have.
Since 2011 Science & Cocktails has been running at Christiania's cinema and is currently in its seventh version counting with the participation of scientists, artists, mixologists and cocktail masters.
Since 2014, Science & Cocktails is a registered non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the communication of scientific research to the general public.
The Johannesburg version of Science & Cocktails started in 2015 and aims to provide a platform for South African-based scientists to engage with the public and increase awareness of the science performed in South Africa, both locally as well as globally.
In March 2017, Science & Cocktails established a collaboration with ForskerZonen at Videnskab.dk and ScienceNordic. Participant scientists at Science & Cocktails have written a series of interesting articles that complement their lectures. For the English version of these articles, see here.
From September 2017 to June 2018 the Science & Cocktails Foundation is being supported by the Danish Ministry of Science via the Tips and Lotto fund.
The Brussels version of Science & Cocktails kicks off in October 2017 and aims to provide a platform for Belgium-based scientists.
In 2014, Science & Cocktails was awarded the Genius Prize for science communication by the Danish Association of Science Journalists. Jácome Armas received the prize on behalf of the project at an award ceremony during the First European Conference for Science Journalists on June 22nd, 2014.
Science & Cocktails has been covered by different media and discussed in science communication events several times. To be noted is the speech (in Danish) by the former Danish minister of research Sofie Carsten Nielsen during the opening of the 30 hours meeting on Forskningens Døgn 2016. A talk about Science & Cocktails given at the FENS conference in 2016. A first person report by a science journalist in Magisterbladet (in Danish). A recent interview with Jácome Armas discusses the origins and philosophy behind this initiative (in English). An interview to the nobel prize winner David Gross gives a good idea of what it is like to speak in these events (in English). If you seek further information about this project you can download the full press kit here.