Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!


February 13th at 7pm!


Technology continues to change and shape the ways we live…and love. Everything from online dating and sexting, to internet-ready sex toys and real dolls; all continue to shift the rules of relationships. What can science tell us about love and lust in the age of the internet? Websites full of potential dates can be overwhelming, but can science help us make better choices? How have different technologies affected our sexuality and how we fall in love? Can a person fall in love with someone online? With a robot? How has “sex-tech” altered our view of intimacy?
At this special Valentine’s Day edition of Science on Tap, Dr. L. Kris Gowen, sexuality educator, co-founder of Beyond the Talk, a sex education consulting group, and author of Sexual Decisions: The Ultimate Teen Guide, will talk about how technology is rewriting the rules of sex and romance, and how the science of love is struggling to keep up.
You can get advance tickets for this show here or at the Kiggins box office the night of show.


March 13th at 7pm!


In collaboration with WSU’s Brain Awareness Week!
Cannabis has been used for centuries to relieve pain, and it is a less dangerous alternative to pain-relieving opioids. Mounting evidence also suggests that cannabis could help people who are recovering from opioid dependence. Once demonized as the “gateway drug,” cannabis could actually be the “exit drug” from opioid addiction.
Adie Wilson-Poe, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist who studies the pain-relieving properties of opioids and cannabinoids, and how cannabis can diminish the negative side effects of opioids. Her long-term goal is to characterize the harm-reduction potential of cannabis in the opioid overdose epidemic. Dr. Wilson-Poe is also the co-founder of Habu Health, a consumer research group that studies the effects of adult-use cannabis.
You can get advance tickets for this show here or at the Kiggins box office the night of show.

May 8th at 7pm!


The Pacific Northwest is due for a major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and a magnitude 9 Cascadia earthquake and tsunami would likely produce an unprecedented catastrophe much larger than any disaster the pacific northwest, or the nation, has ever faced. Vancouver isn’t ready, and significant preparation is needed to safeguard communities, businesses, and people. There are lessons to be learned from several recent earthquakes around the world including Chile, Japan, New Zealand, and Mexico. At this Science on Tap, Allison Pyrch, a local geotechnical engineer, will discuss SW Washington’s earthquake setting, what similar quakes can tell us about what to expect from a Cascadia earthquake, and how the Pacific Northwest is preparing for “the really big one.
Allison Pyrch is a geotechnical engineer whose experience includes site specific seismic design for buildings, roads, bridges, dock and port structures, large embankments, slopes and landslides, and water and wastewater infrastructure. Recognized as American Society of Civil Engineer’s 2018 Oregon/SW Washington Engineer of the Year, she has travelled to Chile, Japan, and Mexico after their recent subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis to study the effects on lifelines.  Allison was also featured prominently in the awards-winning OPB documentary Unprepared, as well as the Al Jazeera program TechKnow.
You can get advance tickets for this show here or at the Kiggins box office the night of show.


Wednesday, 03/13/19 7:00 PM
Wednesday, 02/13/19 7:00 PM
Wednesday, 05/08/19 7:00 PM
When: Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm
Cost: $9.00 Advance tickets.
$10.00* suggested cover at the door.
Food and Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.
For more info: visit  VIA Productions.
*A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is supported, in part, by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.