Nerd Nite #44 is happening at WURST on May 16:

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019 (Doors open at 6:00pm, talks start at 7:00pm)
Where: WURST (2437 4 St SW)
Tickets: $10 plus fees – available on Eventbrite (on sale Tues. April 23, 6 PM)

This is an 18+ event.


Presentation # 1:

The War on the War on Sitting

Naomi Dolgoy, M.OT, PhD(c)

There has been considerable criticism of sitting – sitting has been compared to smoking, described as lazy, weak and unhealthy, and most recently, an aggressive militant media campaign titled “The War on Sitting” was launched against the posture; let’s explore this sitty situation: is it time to take a stand on taking a seat?



Naomi Dolgoy is an occupational therapist and clinical researcher based in Calgary.


Presentation # 2:

Inside the caves formed of fire and ice

Christian StennerCD, FRCGS. Alberta Speleological Society and Glacier Cave Explorers.

Active volcanoes, glaciers, and caves. Extremophile bacteria. Breathing apparatus made for military special forces. An ice climbing robot with a big red kill switch. Find out how these things all tied together during the exploration of caves carved through glacial ice by volcanic gas & steam. Learn about this unique frontier of exploration that is contributing to the knowledge of the inner workings of a “decade volcano” that could impact millions of lives and at the same time is helping guide the search for life on other planets.


Stenner_Chritian_profileChristian Stenner has been a caver for fifteen years, partaking in expeditions to explore and survey cave systems in Canada, the USA, and Mexico.  During that time he has contributed to the Bisaro Caves project – the deepest cave in Canada, and the exploration of the world’s largest network of volcanic steam caves.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Explorers Club, the society dedicated to human exploration of land, sea, air, and space.  He also runs ultramarathons slowly.


Presentation # 3:

Design considerations for maximizing the quality of life in a large space settlement

Bryan Versteeg, Conceptual Design Artist for Space Exploration and Settlement. Gallery of work at

Living away from Earth will be difficult and dangerous. But, could it be fun? Understanding the similarities between diverse societies and their ideas about the quality of life can give us a blueprint for the design of large communities living in space. What would we bring with us to ensure our happiness?


Bryan Versteeg has spent decades working with architects, engineers, scientists, and researchers to design and visualize our potential in the building, infrastructure, residential, and exploration fields. His work is used internationally in documentaries, scientific publications and by exploration advocates in the space industry and settlement community