The Next W&S
A 2009 study found that 83% of Americans did not know a single living scientist by name. Around the first March for Science on Earth Day, 2017, this statistic became a national conversation topic, yielding the hashtag #actuallivingscientist, where "actual, living scientists" tweeted about their work.

We want to introduce folks in Chicago to actual, living scientists with Wonder & Skepticism, a monthly event at the Empty Bottle. As early-career scientists ourselves, we are excited that the Empty Bottle is giving us this new platform to connect with our community. We hope to open the doors to the often-insular world of Academia. Our goal is not to talk about general ideas or scientific principles, but to invite folks to describe their own research and show us why they're so passionate about it.

In creating these event, we have forged a collaborative partnership with professional science educators. These expert interpreters will lead a thoughtful, engaging program. The events will feature a mixture of engaging discussion and presentations about scientific research, led by the scientists who do the research. We hope to feature between one and three scientists at each event, and have a panel discussion with the patrons in between talks. We hope to show folks that there are scientists in their community, and encourage everyone to connect over a beer or two.