Stand Up Science is returning to Squamish this month! Stand Up Science is a student-led initiative that began several years ago, in response to one tutor’s challenge to her mentees to combat anti-science sentiment while sharing the fascinating research being done at Quest with the local community. The format they designed combines the informal, multi-speaker approach of an open mic night with the science-as-entertainment approach of a science café.

Sharing science outside of academia in engagingways has become even more important with the rise of misinformation. Stand Up Science is a free, public event combining research talks with science trivia. It is intended to be entertaining and educational (these aren’t your typical dry academic lectures), giving our community a sense of the range of research happening in Squamish. The StandUp Science format also provides an opportunity for Quest students to share their work, and gainexperience presenting to new audiences.

The event is hosted by Zephyr Cafe, beginning at 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30) on November 30th. This event is open to all, though the science talks are geared towards those 16 and older. For more information or if you have questions, contact This month’s speakers include:

Dr. Marina Tourlakis – Lost in translation: Studying basic science to understand human disease

Dr. Nilo Bill – History of the west Antarctica ice sheet over the last 20,000 years

Ellie Tiliakou – Cancer from a cell biology perspective

Mike Slater – The dose makes the poison

Chantelle Caron – Supporting salmon ecosystems through collaborative planning

Dr. Andrew Hamilton – What are we made of?


Quest University Canada is suspending regular academic programming following
completion of the current academic year in April 2023.

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