Nerd Nite is an international event that takes place once a month in many cities all around the world! We have started here in Victoria BC in the VEC in August 2018. We feature 3 speakers, 20-25 minute talks on a variety of topics, with a beer and a laugh.

About the organizers:


Nienke van der Marel is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Victoria in the department of Physics and Astronomy, working on planet formation with the ALMA telescope. She obtained her PhD in 2015 at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where she originates. After that she worked for two years as Parrent Research fellow at the University of Hawaii. Nienke has attended numerous Nerd nites in Amsterdam, Honolulu and Vancouver and initiated Nerd nite in Victoria. She loves outreach and public talks to show the passion of scientists for their work.

Alex Zachernuk works for the Province of B.C., helping bring good research and evidence into regional economic development policy. Hailing from Halifax, Alex holds a Master’s degree in economic policy from the London School of Economics, and has also studied in Ottawa, Hong Kong, and at the First Nations University of Canada. As part of the Nerd Nite Victoria team, he hopes to offer new perspectives from social sciences and the translation of knowledge into action.

Logan Francis is a PhD Student at the astronomy and physics department of the University of Victoria studying star and planet formation. Logan hails from Nova Scotia, where he previously studied physics at Saint Mary’s University. In his free time, Logan can usually be found stand up paddle boarding, fermenting strange kitchen concoctions, or worshipping the burger gods at bin4.

Spencer Bialek is a grad student at the astronomy and physics department of University of Victoria. More info soon…

Former organizers:

Sarah Sohn

Ruth Digby

Maan Hani

Venus Tamturk