Super Science Slam, A Happy Hour Event

Photo: PWL Partnerships Landscape Architects Inc.

Photo: PWL Partnerships Landscape Architects Inc.


Science Slam Canada in partnership with Museum of Vancouver present this city’s most epic science showdown! Join us for the culmination of a year of Vancouver Science Slam events. Past competitors will face off for the grand champion title. Who will emerge as Van City’s best science communicator?

Hosted by Nikki Berreth and Alan Shapiro, this championship event will feature keynote speaker Carson Kivari, the defending Science Slam winner, and competitors hand-picked from all walks of science. Based on the format of a poetry slam, competitors will have five minutes to present any science topic with creativity and ingenuity. The use of a projector or slides are not allowed. Presentations will be judged for communication skills, audience engagement, and scientific accuracy.

Our star-studded panel of judges includes a mashup of Vancouver’s top science and communication institutions featuring John ChapmanDan Dumsha,  Brian Fisher, Kristina McBurney and Maha El Meseery.

Date: Thursday, May 18

Time: 7:00pm (Bar opens at 6:00)

Tickets: *Adults: $15; Seniors, Students: $13;  MOV Members: Free! 


* Online Tickets Sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets on sale at the door / Visitor Services at the time of event.

Gallery admission included with event ticket. Come early to explore the exhibitions and have a drink


John Chapman is a geologist and research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada in Vancouver. His work focuses on improving our understanding of mineral deposits within the Cordillera of BC and Yukon. Although happily settled in Canada for almost a decade, he is originally from the UK and holds an undergraduate degree in geology from the University of Southampton and a PhD in geochemistry from Imperial College London.

Dan Dumsha is a Vancouver based Improviser, Teacher, and Corporate Trainer. Dan has been performing improv for over two decades from coast to coast. Dan is a Main Stage player at VTSL, the President of the Vancouver Queer Improv Society, and a producer of three Tuesday night improv shows at XYYVR on Davie Street. Dan is a Corporate Consultant with the Humphrey Group and on the Faculty for Executive Education at UBC Sauder.

Brian Fisher is a professor in SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology. His Integrated Science Lab conducts scientific investigation of people's use of graphical information systems. Brian collaborates on designs of information systems for health, aerospace, emergency operations, cybersecurity, and financial and business analytics applications.

Carson Kivari  is a psychotherapist and artist whose interest is in helping others live meaningful inspired lives that extends past traditional counselling. In addition to peer-reviewed research and clinical practice, Carson uses hip-hop, music and filmmaking to help others understand that suffering and healing are normal, universal experiences.

Kristina McBurney is a UBC instructor and science communicator whose interest is in making molecular biology accessible to everyone. She runs the Vancouver-based life science news and events website, Science in the City, and spends most of her time interviewing and taping podcasts with local scientists. Born and raised in Vancouver, Kristina earned her undergraduate degree as well as her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of British Columbia.

Maha El Meseery is a PhD student at SFU's School of Interactive Arts and Technology in the field of visualization and user interfaces. Her work focuses on building new interaction techniques for visualization systems to support collaboration during data analysis. Maha has a BSc in Engineering from Cairo University and a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Regina.

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