May 1, 2022

LIVE & IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Monday, May 9 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Biologist Simon Garnier, FREE!

Feeling antsy? Come join us as we explore brilliant & bizarre beasties at the next Secret Science Club

LIVE & IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Monday, May 9, 8PM (Doors open at 7:30PM), Free!

Secret Science Club presents Behavioral Biologist & Swarm Intelligence Expert Simon Garnier

Schools of fish, migrating birds, and other animals that move as collectives exhibit uncanny behavior—swarming, murmurating, ebbing & flowing almost like liquids.

Flowing armies of ants can even build bridges and scaffolding with their own bodies. They do it spontaneously, forming themselves into shapes and structures with astonishing efficiency.

At the next Secret Science Club, biologist Simon Garnier explores this “living architecture” and the small minds behind it. How do these brilliant creatures use collective intelligence to perform feats of engineering that put our human efforts to shame?

Simon Garnier is director of the Swarm Lab and professor of biology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He researches robot swarms, army ants, and socially networked slime molds to learn how intelligent collective behaviors (and not so intelligent ones) emerge in groups. He also considers the question of self-organization in nature—in everything from cells to human crowds. Dr. Garnier has been a featured scientist on Science Friday and the Guardian technology video series, and in National Geographic, Scientific American, Mashable, The Verge, and the New York Times.

Before & After
--Imbibe our streaming cocktail of the night, the “Myrmeration”
--Groove to wild, sinuous, pulsating tunes
--Munch on pepperoni, mushroom truffle oil, and Margherita artisan pizza
--Stick around for the scintillating Q&A

This edition of the Secret Science Club meets Monday, May 9, 8PM @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave, R to 9th St.

Doors to the performance space open at 7:30PM.

Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!

**Proof of full vaccination required for entry to the Bell House** 

*This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.*

What’s next at Secret Science Club?
We will be back online with a Zoom event on May 31. Stay tuned for details about our upcoming online programs!

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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