The Nerd Nite that must not be named (Sold out)

The Nerd Nite that must not be named happens on Thursday, April 20th!

When: Thursday, April 20th, 2017 (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: Wild Rose Brewery
Tickets: $10 online + fees (SOLD OUT)
Wait list at:
This is an 18+ event.


You only use 10% of your brain, and other alternative brain facts
Dr. Catherine Lebel, University of Calgary

Dr. Catherine Lebel

Dr. Catherine Lebel

Many “alternative facts” about the brain abound, despite overwhelming evidence from neuroscience otherwise. With neuroimaging as a platform, I’ll go through some popular brain myths, discussing evidence for or against them (mostly against), and highlight some recent exciting neuroscience research.

Mystery of Leonardo’s Last Supper
Marina Fischer, University of Calgary

Marina Fisher (top) and Leonardo's Last Supper

Marina Fisher (top) and Leonardo’s Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper is one of the most famous art works in the world. Despite its deteriorating state, the painting has always overwhelmed viewers by its emotional power and mystery. Join Marina Fischer as she explains symbols and meanings of this enigmatic masterpiece.

Deep Nets and Dark Nets and Dark Webs! Oh my!
Mike Hracs, Cyber-security expert

Mike Hracs

Mike Hracs

Delve into the underbelly of the Internet by learning about Deep Nets, Dark Nets, and Dark Webs, discovering their legitimate and illegitimate uses, and discussing how they are used by cybercriminals, journalists, military operatives, and cybersecurity professionals.

Nerd Nite Omega – SOLD OUT

Nerd Nite Omega happens on Thursday, March 16!

When: Thursday, March 16th, 2017 (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: Wild Rose Brewery
Tickets: $10 online + fees SOLD OUT
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This is an 18+ event.


Adventures in science – What you learn when you leave behind what you know
Dr. Sarah Hewitt, Mount Royal University

Dr. Sarah Hewitt

Dr. Sarah Hewitt

I remember the moment sitting in my neuroscience lab in front of my microscope and computer when I thought to myself, “I love this – but I will die if I do this for the rest of my life.” And in that moment, I came up with the idea of being an adventure travel scientist instead. I didn’t know what that meant but I’ve since tried to sort it out. This is the story of my adventures and misadventures in learning how to communicate science in fields that aren’t my own. I’ve learned how to get up to speed quickly whether I’m tracking spider monkeys in Belize, measuring permafrost temperatures in Alaska, taking leaf samples in the rainforest canopy in Costa Rica, or measuring de-forestation in Ethiopia. And most importantly, I’ve realized that science is science and there are surprising commonalities everywhere.

The human-component in Artificial Intelligence: Answering the age-old question “can my child learn to swear like an angry chatbot?”
Lindsay Hracs, PhD student, University of Calgary


Linsday Hracs

There are many parallels between humans and AI in terms of language learning. For example, both humans and machines require language input to solve a language learning problem, and linguistic knowledge in both humans and machines can be evaluated by the accuracy of the output (speech or text). So, what are the implications as computer programs start to display more human-like linguistic behaviour and increased intelligence?

Green beer and other myths attributed to St Patrick’s Day
Joseph W. Windsor, PhD Candidate, University of Calgary

Joseph W. Windsor

Joseph W. Windsor

St. Patrick wore blue, he purposefully disrupted Easter traditions causing a military response, and he wasn’t even Irish. So how did the poor slave, Patrick become the patron saint of Ireland and have everything from beer to rivers dyed green in his honour?

Nerd Nite Psi Feb 16 – SOLD OUT

Nerd Nite Psi happens on Thursday, Feb 16!

When: Thursday, Feb. 16th, 2017 (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: Wild Rose Brewery
Tickets: $10 online + fees  SOLD OUT
This is an 18+ event.


Quantum Teleportation – What it is, What it’s not, and What it’s good for!
Raju Valivarthi – PhD student, Grimau Puigibert – PhD student, Qiang Zhou – Post Doc, and Daniel Oblak – Research Coordinator, Quantum Communication and Cryptography lab, University of Calgary

The economic, political, and social well-being of all developed countries depends crucially on secure electronic communication infrastructure, e.g. for e-banking, e-health, e-commerce, and e-government. However, current public key cryptosystems, created to protect sensitive information in transit, rely on unproven assumptions about computational complexity, are susceptible to algorithmic advances and better classical computer technology, and will become obsolete with the advent of the quantum computer. Hence, the secrecy of messages encoded and sent in the past or present, even if ensured today, is vulnerable to future improvements in code breaking, which may lead to decoding of recorded messages with insufficient protection before they lose importance. The Quantum Cryptography and Communication Laboratory (QC2Lab) focuses on the development and implementation of quantum key distribution systems, which promise the ultimate solution to these problems: security guaranteed by fundamental quantum laws that cannot be compromised by new technology. More specifically, we work on improving the fundamental understanding of key concepts that underpin extended quantum-secured communication networks, create the requisite quantum technology, assemble this technology into QKD systems and quantum repeaters, and work with various partners in Alberta and elsewhere to translate our research into the real-world. Highlights over the past few years have been the development of a solid-state quantum memory for entangled photons, and the first real-world implementation of a revolutionary new quantum key distribution protocol with enhanced robustness against side-channel attacks and particular suitability for network implementations.

I can’t believe I still have to protest this crap
Roberta Lexier, PhD, Mount Royal University

I am an activist. And I study social movements. But for years I have been feeling powerless, overwhelmed, cynical, and paralyzed. Everything happening was too big. I couldn’t change the world. Yet, in these dark times, I have again found my strength, my courage, and my power. I found comfort in the knowledge that the people united will never be defeated. And I found that fighting feels better than resigning to the apocalypse! The world seems overwhelming, but together we can explore ways that individuals can participate in social movements and how we might, together, change the world.

Nerd Nite Chi – SOLD OUT

Nerd Nite Calgary Chi happens on Thursday, January 19th, 2017!

When: Thursday, January 19, 2017 – Doors open @ 6:30 – Event starts around 7pm
Where: The Wild Rose Brewery Taproom
Tickets: $10 online SOLD OUT

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This is an 18+ event.


Space Voyeurs: What Can We Really See From Space?
Dr. Lynn Moorman, Mount Royal University


Dr. Lynn Moorman

Satellite and sensors constantly map and monitor the Earth. Ever wonder what those eyes in the sky are really seeing? Join Lynn Moorman as she delves into the science and art of understanding the Earth and ourselves through geographic technologies and remote sensing.

Is climate change going to create a zombie apocalypse?
Bringing ancient viruses back to life
Dr. Bryan Moorman, University of Calgary

Dr. Brian Moorman

Dr. Brian Moorman

Half of Canada is covered by glaciers or permafrost. What would happen if all that ice melted? What started out as a search for archaeological artifacts in the Subarctic, ended up with DNA sequencing and bringing ancient viruses back to life. This is the story of a research project that led to some interesting discoveries and more than a few surprises. See how scientists, archaeologists and First Nations elders worked together to understand how the northern environment has changed in the past and where it is currently headed. By the way, the ice is melting…fast, and there will be no zombie apocalypse…probably.

Canadian Music and New Media
Andrew Mosker, NMC President and CEO
Adam Fox, Program Director

National Music Centre

National Music Centre

The digital revolution has created unprecedented options and opportunities for the public to curate their own channels of music and information. Building a home for music in Canada in this new era presents some novel challenges. Join NMC President and CEO Andrew Mosker, and Program Director Adam Fox, as they discuss Canadian music and new media.

Nerd Nite Phi – SOLD OUT

Nerd Nite Calgary Phi happens on Thursday, November 24th!

When: Thursday, November 24, 2016 – Doors open @ 6:30 – Event starts around 7pm
Where: The Wild Rose Brewery Taproom
Tickets: $10 online (waitlist) – SOLD OUT

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This is an 18+ event.


Feathers are flying: Birds are dinosaurs
Dr. Phil Currie, University of Alberta

Dr. Phil Currie, world renowned researcher

Dr. Phil Currie, world renowned palaeontologist

The lives of T. rex and Triceratops were more than violent monster-on-monster clashes. For a long time dinosaurs were considered to be Nature’s greatest example of an evolutionary flop. As the story went, they terrorized the World for 150,000,000 years and then mysteriously disappeared 65 million years ago. Not so! Palaeontologists now believe that birds are dinosaurs, and therefore there are more than 10,000 living species of dinosaurs. Join Phil Currie as he talks about the transition of dinosaur duds into the most successful air-breathing vertebrates of all time.

Why 5 is the New 30 – Communicating With Millennials
Tyler Middleton, x 92.9

Tyler Middleton

Tyler Middleton

In this presentation, Tyler will take a look at the millennial generation and how to effectively communicate with them. What makes them tick? What works and what doesn’t? Tyler shows how you can reach this generation more effectively, and WHY is this important.

Quantum technology for fun, profit, and discovery
Dr. Paul Barclay, University of Calgary


Quantum technology is rapidly transitioning from theory to practice. I will discuss some successes and challenges in deploying quantum technology, speculate on its potential to impact society, and highlight quantum development happening in Alberta.


Nerd Nite Upsilon – SOLD OUT

Tickets for Nerd Nite Upsilon go on sale Tuesday, September 20th at 6 PM.

When: Thursday, October 20, 2016 – Doors open @ 6:30 – Event starts around 7pm
Where: The Wild Rose Brewery Taproom
Tickets: $10 online (waitlist) – SOLD OUT

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This is an 18+ event.


Not your parents space program
How recent developments in the industry will impact the future of space exploration and Mars settlement
Bryan Versteeg,

Photo credit: Bryan Versteeg

Photo credit: Bryan Versteeg

Join us as Bryan Versteeg explains how recent developments in the industry will impact the future of space exploration and Mars settlement. Bryan is an internationally published futurist and conceptual designer for the space exploration industry. His images created for his website, are widely used to portray the potential for the future of human kind. He is also one of the co-founders of the asteroid mining company Deep Space Industries and is responsible for the conceptual images for the the Mars One Mission.

Writing Systems: A Linguistic Approach
Krysta Dudar, linguist and speech pathologist 
Krysta Dudar

Krysta Dudar

Come and discover the history of writing systems, the difference between alphabets and abjads, the silliness of syllabaries, and the magic of morphograms! We we will explore these subjects by looking at some examples of different writing systems from languages such as Japanese, Chinese, Cree, Hebrew, Arabic… and more! Did I forget to mention Korean? Oh yes. You’ve already learned everything you need to know about your ABCs in kindergarten, and now it’s time to learn so many more things you’ll never need to know about them! Why? Because learning is fun.

Nerd Nite Tau – SOLD OUT

Tickets for Nerd Nite Tau go on sale Tuesday, August 23 at 6 PM. Topics include lightning, LSD research limitations, and the Internet of things. Be there and be square!

When: Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Doors open @ 6:30 – Event starts around 7pm
Where: The Wild Rose Brewery Taproom
Tickets: $10 online  SOLD OUT

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This is an 18+ event.


Curing Alcoholism with LSD:
Mysticism and Myth in the History of LSD psychotherapy

Dr. Matthew Oram, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary

Psychedelic therapyResearch exploring the therapeutic potential of psychedelics is making a significant comeback in North America, and has been the subject of considerable media attention. Psychedelic research had its previous heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, but came to a close amid turmoil surrounding the increasing recreational use of the drugs. Psychedelic research is therefore a field in close conversation with its past. In this presentation, I will challenge some myths surrounding the history of LSD psychotherapy research, and explore the theory, method, and effectiveness of the most heavily researched form of treatment: “psychedelic therapy” for chronic alcoholism.

What is the Internet of Things?
Why do I need to connect cat poop to the Internet?

Dr. Steve Liang, Associate Professor, University of Calgary

In the near future, millions to billions of small sensors and actuators will be embedded in real-world objects and connected to the Internet forming the Internet of Things (IoT). The basic premise of the IoT is that everyday objects or devices can sense their environment, collect information, and communicate and interact with each other. The changing nature of smart, connected “things” is disrupting value chains and will force organizations to rethink and retool nearly everything they do internally in order to stay competitive. In this talk, Dr. Steve Liang will introduce the Internet of Things concept, example applications, and opportunities.

Lightning: What It Is And How Not To Get Killed By It
Simon Larter, Dobbyn Electrical Services Ltd.

Every year, lightning strikes Canada once for every ten or so Canadians, and the southern Alberta foothills region is one of the most lightning-prone in the country. It stands to reason, then, that educated Calgarians should know a little something about the phenomenon, and how to protect themselves from it (spoiler alert:  don’t go outside during thunderstorms). This presentation explores the basics of lightning and lightning safety, and has the added bonus of including tons of really cool lightning photos.

Nerd Nite Sigma – Sold Out

Our last event of the season happens on June 16th. As always, we’ll have a great line-up of engaging speakers. See you there!

When: Thursday, June 16, 2016 – Doors open @ 6:30 – Event starts around 7pm
Where: The Wild Rose Brewery Taproom
Tickets: $10 online   SOLD OUT*

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This is an 18+ event.


Why wet is better!
Underwater archaeology’s contribution to the peopling of the Americas conundrum

Kelly Monteleone, PhD, University of Calgary

Underwater Archeology, Kelly Monteleone

Underwater Archeology, Kelly Monteleone

Recent underwater archaeological surveys and excavations have started to reveal more information about how people first arrived in North America.  What routes did these people take? What technology did they have?

Using design and technology to address challenges posed by special needs
Kathryn Simone, Tikkun Olam Makers, Canada

More than 1 billion people in the world live with some kind of disability. Yet technological advances driven by market demographics have created an ‘accessibility gap’ that make it difficult for people with physical or developmental impairments to contribute. Harnessing a maker community is a powerful way to address those challenges that have been neglected by the private sector.

A Scientist’s View of Everest
Dr. Trevor Day, Mount Royal University

Dr. Trevor Day at Everest base camp.

Dr. Trevor Day at Everest base camp.

In April 2015, a team of 17 people organized by MRU’s Dr. Trevor Day was set to depart to Nepal to trek to Everest Base Camp (5300m) to try and figure out who gets “acute mountain sickness’ (AMS) and why. Trevor wanted to test a new model of high altitude physiology research – fast and light. Unfortunately, a week before they were to depart, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 9000 people across the country, and 19 people at Everest Base Camp. The Everest climbing season was closed, the second consecutive year in a row. The country didn’t need tourists, they needed international aid. Trevor and his team canceled the trip. The resilient people of Nepal have worked tirelessly to recover since the earthquake, in the face of devastation, aftershocks and political conflict. Related to Trevor’s AMS research, hear about Kathmandu and how the Everest Base Camp trek is now safe and open for business.

Nerd Nite Rho – Sold Out

Guess what?  Nerd Nite Rho is our 2nd birthday celebration too! That’s right, 2 years of fun, education, and beer.  On Friday May 13th we’ll bring the cake, presenters, and special treats. You just bring your thinking caps and awesomeness.

As we are running this one on a Friday, we will be staying late to have some drinks, play some games, and hang out and meet your fellow nerds.  We’d love it if you joined us.

Here are the details!

When: Friday, May 13th, 2016 – Doors open @ 6:30 – Event starts around 7pm
Where: The Wild Rose Brewery Taproom
Tickets: $10 online   SOLD OUT*

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This is an 18+ event.


Climate Change Solutions – Take a Cargo Ship to Your Next Dentist Visit?
Dr. Peter Mahaffy, Professor, The King’s University

Photo credit: Miriam Mahaffy

Photo credit: Miriam Mahaffy

You’re sailing down the Bow River in a cargo ship, on your way to the dentist, contemplating some of the important, but relatively unknown greenhouse gases in our atmosphere that are changing our climate.  Suddenly you look up, and a 2 watt light bulb goes on. Maybe there’s a smoke and mirrors solution?

A Zombie ate my Epidemiology Textbook
Stephanie Coward, PhD student, University of Calgary

Stephanie Coward

Stephanie Coward

Zombies have been thought of as a worst-case scenario for disease transmission. There are standard epidemiologic principles that are applied to disease outbreaks, but zombies push the threshold of their application. This presentation aims to explain epidemiologic principles and how they apply to the zompocalyspe.


*REFUND NOTICE: We have always tried to accommodate refunds, but it’s not always possible to accommodate last minute requests. To that end going forward, refunds will only be issued by us 48 hours before the event. After that if tickets are not needed, the purchaser is responsible for finding a buyer.

Nerd Nite Pi – Sold Out

Nerd Nite Pi tickets are now on sale!  SOLD OUT.

When: Thursday, April 14, 2016 – Doors open @ 6:30 – Event starts around 7pm
Where: The Wild Rose Brewery Taproom
Tickets: $10 online  You can add your name to the wait list on below:

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This is an 18+ event.

REFUND NOTICE: We have always tried to accommodate refunds, but it’s not always possible to accommodate last minute requests. To that end going forward, refunds will only be issued by us 48 hours before the event. After that if tickets are not needed, the purchaser is responsible for finding a buyer.


The Futuristic World of Traffic and Transportation Systems
Yeatland Wong, City of Calgary

Yeatland Wong, City of Calgary

Yeatland Wong, City of Calgary

When you’re driving to work in the morning, do you secretly believe there is an evil psychopath watching you via cameras, and turning lights red, just as you arrive at a traffic signal?  Or have you ever wondered if  you can really trigger a green light emergency pre-emption by flashing your high beams? Yeatland Wong explores the work and technology behind a major traffic control network, the latest innovations in transportation system technology, and implications of a future world where cars can drive themselves.

Ivermectin: A parasite’s worst nightmare
Dr. John Gilleard, Associate Dean, Research, Professor (Parasitology), University of Calgary
Executive Committee Member, NSERC CREATE  Host-Parasite Interactions (HPI)

Dr. John Gilleard, University of Calgary

Dr. John Gilleard, University of Calgary

It’s referred to as a wonder drug, with an impact as big as penicillin and aspirin. Ivermectin is a 2015 Nobel Prize winning discovery that’s got parasites wriggling away. Unearthed on a golf course by scientists in Japan, this drug’s success story impacts multiple continents and connects people in sub-Saharan Africa to cattle in Alberta to Bill and Melinda Gates. Join the parasite professor, Dr. John Gilleard, as he explains how a little-known drug is making a world of difference.

I bought my research lab at Walmart: The rapidly changing face of wearable technology
Dr. Reed Ferber, Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Director: Running Injury Clinic

Dr. Reed Ferber

Dr. Reed Ferber, University of Calgary

Rapid advances in technology now allow researchers to utilize incredibly sophisticated (and relatively inexpensive) scientific tools that can be purchased at your corner store.  This new tech also allows researchers the opportunity to get their research out of their laboratories and translate it directly into the real world.  After all, runners don’t get injured in my research lab!  This talk will discuss these rapid advancements in technology and the future of analysing how a person walks or runs to determine the root cause of an injury and predict injuries before they happen – but “Big Brother” will have to watch you to a certain degree!

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[Summer Break]
June 18, 2020 – CANCELLED
May 21, 2020 – CANCELLED
April 16, 2020 – CANCELLED
March 19, 2020 – CANCELLED
Feb. 20, 2020 – SOLD OUT
Jan. 16, 2020 – SOLD OUT
Nov. 21, 2019 – SOLD OUT
Oct. 17, 2019 – SOLD OUT
Sept. 19, 2019 – SOLD OUT

[Summer Break]
June 20, 2019 – SOLD OUT
May 16, 2019 – SOLD OUT
April 18, 2019 – SOLD OUT
March 21, 2019 – SOLD OUT
Feb. 21, 2019 – SOLD OUT
Jan. 17, 2019 – SOLD OUT
Nov. 15, 2018 – SOLD OUT
Oct. 18, 2018 – SOLD OUT
Sept. 20, 2018 – SOLD OUT

[Summer Break]
June 14, 2018 – SOLD OUT
May 17, 2018 – SOLD OUT
Apr. 19, 2018 – SOLD OUT
Mar. 15, 2018 – SOLD OUT
Feb. 15, 2018 – SOLD OUT
Jan. 24, 2018 – VR Gaming – SOLD OUT
Jan. 11, 2018 – SOLD OUT
Nov. 16, 2017 – SOLD OUT
Oct. 19, 2017 – SOLD OUT
Sept. 21, 2017 – SOLD OUT

[Summer Break]
June 8, 2017 – SOLD OUT
May 18, 2017 – SOLD OUT
Apr. 20, 2017 – SOLD OUT
Mar. 16, 2017 – SOLD OUT
Feb. 16, 2017 – SOLD OUT
Jan. 19, 2017 – SOLD OUT
Nov. 24, 2016 – SOLD OUT
Oct. 20, 2016 – SOLD OUT
Sept. 15, 2016 – SOLD OUT

[Summer Break]
June 16, 2016 – SOLD OUT
May 27, 2016 – Escape Room *Cancelled*
May 13, 2016 – SOLD OUT
Apr. 14, 2016 – SOLD OUT
Mar. 18, 2016 – Escape Room SOLD OUT
Mar. 10, 2016 – SOLD OUT
Feb. 11, 2016 – SOLD OUT
Jan. 14, 2016 – SOLD OUT
Nov. 19, 2015 – SOLD OUT
Oct. 15, 2015 – SOLD OUT
Sept. 17, 2015

[Summer Break]
June 18, 2015 – Escape Room
June 11, 2015
May 14, 2015
March 12, 2015
Feb. 11, 2015 – SOLD OUT
Jan. 15, 2015 – SOLD OUT
Nov. 20, 2014 – SOLD OUT
Oct. 9, 2014

[Summer Break]
June 12, 2014
May 8th, 2014 – SOLD OUT

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