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Rare Species

BY GLEN CHILTON
@ VOL 2 ON FEB 20, 2013

Biologist Glen Chilton speaks about his travels and writing. He has traveled across the world in search of rare or extinct species, in a quest to rediscover some of the rarest species recorded in history, and document their histories and current status. One of his books focuses on the history of the Extinct Labrador Duck, while another focuses on species falsely assumed to be extinct.

"Presentation of the Day" on April 18, 2013. 

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30,000 Foot View of Biology

BY BRITT WRAY
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 05, 2013

Britt Way, a radio documentray producer in Toronto, uses her biologist background and radio skills to talk about the development of biology today, especially concerning deextinction. As many of us know, we are living in the Sixth Extinction and our need to play God is more pressing then ever. She shows solutions to right the wrongs that we have created in several interesting and unconventional ways. 

"Presentation of the Day" on April 1, 2014.

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Waves

BY TRACY FARR
@ VOL 20 ON AUG 28, 2014

Recovering marine biologist now writer Tracy Farr spins connections between  waves and theremins. 

Connecting the waves of the Ocean, and the unknown that it holds, to the waves of sound, and the beauty that it produces. 

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Qu’est ce qui influence votre santé ? - What influences your health ?

BY FRANÇOIS VAN LISHOUT
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 20, 2014

Dans cette vidéo, je parlerai tout d’abord de mes recherches sur les facteurs génétiques jouant un rôle dans des maladies complexes telles que le cancer, l’asthme, le diabète et la maladie d’Alzheimer. On peut espérer que d’ici une dizaine d’années, le médecin pourra prédire sur base de vos gènes, quel traitement est le plus adapté dans votre cas. En attendant d’en arriver là, vous pouvez dès aujourd’hui faire quelque chose pour votre santé, notamment en faisant du sport régulièrement. Je montrerai comment la course à pied a changée ma vie et donnerai des conseils pour pratiquer ce sport correctement. En effet, beaucoup de gens abandonnent cette activité à cause de problèmes de genoux. Ceux-ci peuvent pourtant être évité en faisant principalement attention à trois choses : sa technique de course, porter des chaussures adaptées et écouter son corps (notamment, ne pas vouloir en faire trop du jour au lendemain).

 

In this video, I will first talk about my research activities, which focuses on genetic factors influencing complex diseases like cancer, asthma, diabetes and Alzheimer disease. We can expect that in about ten years, doctors will be able to predict, based on your genes, which treatment is best indicated in your case. Before we get there, you can already start today doing something for your health, for instance by doing sports regularly. I will show how running changed my life and give some advices on how to do it right. Indeed, many people give up this activity because of knee problems. However, these can be avoided, mainly by paying attention to three things: the running technique, wearing appropriate shoes and listening to your body (in particular, avoiding doing too much from one day to the other).

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Smart Materials Design

BY DORIS SUNG
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

Doris Sung is a biologist and architect elaborating on the use of smart materials like termo-bio-metal and different geometry, 3D printing and digital technology in architecture.  She is working with self assembling systems, designing hardware, creating minirobotics and resilient buildings where people rely less on air conditioning in the summer time and developing window systems which retain the view while blocking the sunlight.

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Circadian Rhythms

BY JOHN O'NEILL
@ VOL 3 ON FEB 02, 2016

“Most organisms have internalized [earth’s 24 hour] environmental cycle; An [organism] has a massive advantage if it can predict when the sun will come up instead of reacting to it.”

In Circadian Rhythms from PechaKucha Night Cambridge's 3rd volume, Molecular biologist John O'Neil explains all about the science of the circadian rhythm. Ever wondered why you get jet lag, have more energy in the morning or feel tired after lunch? Wonder no more as it’s a fascinating cycle!

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, April 13th, 2016. 

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The Art of Biology

BY MEHDI DOUMI
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

Mehdi Doumi is from Algeria and England, studied biomedical engineering, and is a technical leader in Research and Innovation at L’Oreal USA - researching human perception of cosmetic products.  He has been part of NPO Ligo Project, promoting science in U.S. culture through humor and videography.  He also enjoys carpentry, improv, and drawing satirical cartoons.  Over the last 4 years he has committed himself to creating abstract artwork to any K-12 educator across the USA.  He hopes that each art piece stimulates student curiosity about math and science topics, especially in a challenging teaching environment.

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Bird, Meet Skyscraper

BY DEBRA KRIENSKY
@ NEW YORK BUILD ON MAR 16, 2017

Conservation biologist and bird lover Debra Kriensky discusses the importance of bird safety in architectural design in this PechaKucha presentation for NY Build. 

Debra Kriensky works at NYC Audubon - where she works on conservation and research programs as a staff conservation biologist. Debra holds a BA in communications from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MA in conservation biology from Columbia University. 

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Climbing Mt. Kinabalu

BY MICHAEL TORY
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 15, 2018

Michael Tory, a frustrated biologist, and, believer in experiential learning, set his sons, Max and Tom, a Challenge. "Give up screens and come climb Mt Kinabalu." They enthusiastically accepted!

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Non-invasive Techniques for Estimating Mountain Lion Populations

BY PETE ALEXANDER
@ STATE OF JACKSON'S MOUNTAIN LIONS: A CELEBRATION OF BIG CATS IN OUR MIDST, POWERED BY PECHAKUCHA ON JUL 27, 2018

Pete Alexander is a research biologist with Craighead Beringia South. He recently completed his master's project on non-invasive monitoring for cougar populations in the Jackson Hole area and continues that work using novel techniques to attempt identification of individual cougars to help better estimate the population size. 

Pete Alexander is presenting on non-invasive techniques for estimating mountain lion populations.

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Poster for PKN Athens Vol. 2

PechaKucha Night returns to Athens next week (Friday, May 8) for Vol. 2, to be held at an old t-shirt factory in the city's center. As for the lineup, expect to see two architects, a chef, a biologist, two artists, an industrial designer, one opera team, a businessman, and a motion design company. Above, the beautifully illustrated poster for the event.

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PKN Prague Vol. 15

The last PechaKucha Night in Prague for 2009 was held just over a month ago (Vol. 15), and in this post we take a look at a few of the presenters, highlighted by PKN Prague organizer Jana Kostelecka, and including a few comments. The next edition (Vol. 16) is already set to happen on February 17. Pavel Brazda: He is 83 this year, and he is just amazing! His first exhibition took place in 1990, after our Velvet Revolution, and he became one of the most innovative and progressive painters in our country. Petr Nedoma: He is the director of the most important gallery in Prague, Rudolfinum, and he's the one who made it to the most important gallery in Prague. Five months ago, it seemed like it was going to be the end of the gallery as the management of the institution had changed and the new one arrived at the conclusion that the gallery would be better off without the old director (but without any clear reasons). Demomstrations are not so common in our country, and that's why it was quite surprising and positive to see that the professionals stood up to support their professional partner, colleague and sometimes even competition and... he is back!!! Stanislav Komarek: We were lucky to invite this scientist for the first time. He is a biologist. He lectures on the aesthetics of nature, and he was humorous. Michaela Kukovic: She loves collages and she makes illustrated books. Vallo Sadovsky Architects: One of the most interesting projects which was presented at the last PechaKucha Night Prague was definitely their "City Interventions." They have done it in Bratislava and they work on introducing its Prague mutation.

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PKN Gothenburg Hits 20

PechaKucha Night in Gothenburg is about to celebrate its 20th edition -- certainly a number we love to commemorate here at PK central -- and there is plenty planned for the event, set to happen on June 6. From organizer Jesper Larsson: Our theme for the night is "Alternative National Day Celebrations" since it's held on our actual national day that no Swede really knows how to celebrate. The solution: PechaKucha of course! A chance for new and old Swedes to meet and present each other. Lots of things happening that day/night... on the afternoon we have a meeting between PechaKucha organizers from Gothenburg, Olso and Copenhagen in order to discuss a triangular exchange program! Then we have invited all the previous PechaKucha Night Gothenburg presenters (>200) as guest of honors for a drink... Then it's PKN presentation time with legendary "progg" rock / theatre group Nationalteatern, PK Mahanandia who fled from India to Sweden on a bike (!), and also the return of graffiti artist Carolina Falkholt who presented at the very first PKN in Gothenburg! Here's a bit more info on the night's festivities: Sunday 6th of June Pecha Kucha GBG Vol #20 + anniversary party! On June 6th we're arranging the 20:th edition of Pecha Kucha in Göteborg!! And since the number 20 is holy in this context, we're also arranging an anniversary party and reunion besides the presentations. So bring your dance shoes, an open mind and count on staying a bit longer than usual!! After all, it's our National Day and it needs to be celebrated somehow. Speakers: Note that the list may change * Nationalteatern – Legends * Niklas Madsen – Designer * Carolina Falkholt – Grafitta * Jesper Östlund – Biologist and photographer * Linda Spåman – Perverted croquis * PK Mahanandia – Indian life story * Ted Hesselbom – Röhsska Design Museum * Scott Blixen – Post Punk/Music Art Bonus acts & djs Note that the list may change * DJ Naomi Paradise – dj * Dan Henriksson – interior installation * Club Perverted Croquis - Visuals, live acts and a copy machine by Frida Sjöstam, Nicklas Hultman, Linda Spåman & Jeanette M Rodell * Carolina Falkholt Live: Electro + cello * Jens Thoms Ivarsson – promised to dance on the bar * Daniel Rehn – dance / party tent / dj Location: Park Lane Time: 19.30 until late Entrance: Free as always! Press release: Download here Poster: A3 / A4

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PKN Gothenburg Vol. 21

Last month's PechaKucha Night in Gothenburg Vol. 21 marked another huge turnout -- an astounding 750 -- for the city, and here we get a look at the night that was courtesy of a few photos and a report by organizer Jesper Larsson. On Tuesday, August 10th 2010 we once again arranged PechaKucha during Kulturkalaset. Despite a lot of other events happening around town, our venue Park Lane quickly got packed with more than 750 people who came to listen to 9 presentations followed by music by DJ Naomi Paradise. Speakers: "Struktören" David Stiernholm, biologist & photographer Jesper Östlund, Maria Spante talked about technological systems & social relations, Johannes Bergmark & Luc Kerléo presenterade The Electro Acustic van, Jenny Andersson aka Bajsugglan, Geek Movie Director André Hedetoft, Klara Sibeck talked about Hand bags fashion in central Asia, Theatre director Åsa Kalmér and Jesper Larsson who spoke about The Bear he met in China. Photos by: Evelina Hultqvist The three PKN GBG speakers pictured in the top photo are Johannes Bergmark (#21), Tomas Halling (#17) and Fredrik Hagstedt (#17), seen outside the venue. Since this picture was taken, they have formed the Trio JohahA. Jesper Östlund Maria Spante Johannes Bergmark & Luc Kerléo Bajsugglan André Hedetoft who has "Geek Movie Director" tattooed on his neck Klara Sibeck Åsa Kalmér Local ambassador Jesper Larsson

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Young Filmmaker Shines at PKN Coquitlam

We've had a few very young presenters participate at PechaKucha Nights before -- you may remember when we covered PKN Providence's Shae Janiga -- and here's another amazing young girl presenting at her first PKN, 11-year-old filmmaker Miranda Andersen, who presented at last night's PKN in Coquitlam Vol. 2. Organizer Helen Daniels shares this bio of Miranda which we post below, and here's also a link to a piece on her from The Now (where the photo was taken from). We're also very happy to note that Miranda is just back from LA, where she accepted a prize for her film on Mary Hagedorn.My name is Miranda Andersen. I am ll years old. I made my first film when I was 9. It started as a writing project on heroes. Since my hero was local I wanted to take the project a step further and turn it into a film. After that, every Monday afternoon after school, my teacher helped me to learn about making movies using iMovie. It was entered in the My Hero Film Festival in California and I won. My next film was a short silent on the same subject, Ruth Foster (I worked with Ruth as a volunteer at the Mossom Creek Hatchery in Port Moody). I did this film to fit the criteria for an Earth Day Canada competition. It won a best overall award. Last year I sat on a film jury in Vancouver and entered one of my films at the festival as well and won best screenplay. When I was 10 I got interested in a scientist named Mary Hagedorn who is a marine biologist with the Smithsonian Institute who is trying to save coral using cryogenics. I went to Hawaii to interview her and she gave me a tour of the facility she works at and an interview. Then I worked at home on school days on my teacher's laptop to complete this movie. Next I made another movie on Mary for a whole different festival (Planet in Focus) and it was screened in Toronto - I even got paid for it. I've finished another short silent on Mary for this year's Earth Day Canada festival. I enjoy making all these films and I already have some ideas for future ones. I think of myself as a artist first and a filmmaker second. I take art lessons and love to paint, draw and do anything crafty.

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Pecha Kucha Night Maastricht: An absolute delight

By Clare Canning Monday evening in Maastricht saw the innovative AINSI play host to the dramatic return of the Pecha Kucha Night. Held in the city on six previous occasions, the global phenomenon aroused the interest of the Euroregion’s culture and media enthusiasts, who descended upon the factory-come-arts centre in spectacular fashion. Based on one simple premise, a series of presentations of 20 slides shown only for 20 seconds each, the approach allows entrepreneurs and creatives alike to exhibit their thoughts, passions and oddities in a way which both excites, shocks, and often, amuses. With ideas ranging from a quest to introduce pop music to the cultural venues of Maastricht, to the latest crop circle predictions, this occasion was indeed no exception. Participants were also all to present in English which for them, as stated by compère and co-organiser Martijn Kagenaar, made it ‘a little creepy’.Pecha Kucha (Japanese for ‘chit chat’) hails from Tokyo and is the brainchild of the architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. In 2003 they decided to introduce a quick-fire method of sharing new ideas in an informal and imaginative environment. It is a concept since adopted by an astounding 352 cities worldwide. The Pecha Kucha team here in Maastricht consists of Pierre Buijs (Creovate), Jean-Paul Toonen (T36 Media), Martijn Kagenaar (Zuiderlicht), Nathalie Dirks (UM) and Sueli Brodin (Crossroads Magazine). For them, such ‘new and dazzling sources of inspiration are crucial’ given the city’s bid for Capital of Culture 2018. The international character and informal charm with which Pecha Kucha thrives also makes the event accessible for all. Being the first eager visitor to arrive on the evening, I quickly saw the vast space of the old factory canteen teem with what appeared to be old friends meeting. Fuelled by wine and a backdrop of sultry jazz, people mingled around candle-topped coffee tables and armchairs. No finer a venue than AINSI, a recently renovated 1920s cement factory, could be imagined. Great high ceilings exposing air vents and industrial machinery remain, adding to the vibrant and creative atmosphere evident before the main event had even begun. And so to the speakers themselves. The event kicked off with Dan Potter, introduced by Martijn as a biologist by day and a ‘slightly deranged’ online cartoon writer by night. Creator of Walking the Lethe, an online comic dedicated to one man’s quest to try and get his wife back from heaven, Dan exclaimed ‘don’t be afraid of investing in creativity, don’t be afraid of investing in yourself’. A very fitting remark since the general vibe soon became one of the pursuit of various dreams you once thought you lacked the courage to make reality. In the first half Dan was also joined by Angelo Vermeulen, an artist, biologist, filmmaker and activist who collaborates with advisors from the European Space Agency. His rather innovative approach to design sees the combination of both nature and technology in one living, breathing ecosystem. A personal highlight came from Ig Nobel prize winner Bart Knols and his presentation titled ‘the mosquito and the Limburger cheese’. Based on research stating malarial mosquitoes follow human odour, he found an interesting and unlikely way to disrupt the flight path of the mosquito using the regional cheese, ultimately making human contact less likely. Findings published on the 1st of April, he laughed, also led to a general belief it was a joke, only to be followed by an 8.5 million dollar investment from Bill Gates! Equally as powerful was the presentation by Markus Bediako called ‘Africa = Eden’. Accompanied by friend and colleague Jodi Omankoy using a hand beaten drum, the pair invited us all to join and support them in their quest to return to the image of Eden. Something they view as a more reliable impression of the great continent than that which most of us are blinded by in today’s media. One final performance, or ‘bonus track’ as it was advertised, came before the break from Chris Rosendahl. Based on the philosophy that if you’re going to laugh about it later why not laugh about it now, each of his 20 slides simply displayed images of people laughing, whilst the audience were taught some ‘laughter yoga’ moves. We were all instructed to stand, face those around us and laugh, sufficiently breaking down any social barriers which may have existed before, and leading us very nicely onto our beer break. After our return, further presentations came from Manfred Leuth (radical innovation), Mahdi Abdulrazak (cyborgs without surgery), Sanjay Sharma (it’s all in attitude), Koen Beumer (scar pride) and Egid van Houtem (software thinking). Belgian born Youssef Joumani, the penultimate speaker, gave us an amusing and thought-provoking account of the various perceptions of himself conjured by others when hearing his Moroccan name. Upon finally embracing it after years of battling, he exclaimed some idiot decided to name a film ‘jumanji’, destroying his hard work! Finally it was the turn of the first and only female participant, artist Tanya Ritterbex and her presentation ‘save the holy goblin’. Documenting her passion and artistic ventures, the audience was treated to a backdrop of inspiring images created by herself, nicely rounding up the evenings events. Pecha Kucha night in Maastricht proved witty, provocative and often just plain weird. Moments of humour, delight and intrigue incited a relaxed yet engaging atmosphere which upon cycling back towards the city left me feeling satisfied. For those of you who missed the chance to attend on this occasion the Maastricht team upload performances onto their website. Also, do not fear, for Pecha Kucha Maastricht are organising another event in November. Participant applications are invited for those who dare! By Clare Canning Clare Canning has recently arrived in Maastricht as a Masters student, embarking on a course in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education at the University of Maastricht. She is originally from Manchester in the UK and enjoying the move greatly! Videos and Photos: © Pecha Kucha website, ©Bert Janssen

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Rare Species

Glen Chilton is a biologist in search of rare and falsely-presumed-extinct wildlife species.  In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Townsville Vol. 2) Glenn speaks of his travels, conquests, and travails in seeking these rare members of the animal (and sometimes plant) kingdom. 

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Reflecting on Why We Walk

On a snowy night in mid-January, the auditorium at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) filled with Yellowknife residents clad in mukluks and goose-down parkas. The 80-odd people were gathered for Why We Walk: A PechaKucha Night devoted to exploring some of the many motivations behind the human proclivity for putting one foot in front of the other. The Yellowknife PechaKucha Night was inspired by Walk to Tuk, a winter walking challenge hosted by the NWT Recreation and Parks Association (NWTRPA). During the months of January and February, registered teams of NWT residents work together to conceptually walk the distance of the Deh Cho (Mackenzie River), 1,658 km from Fort Providence at the outlet of Great Slave Lake to Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean. As those in attendance hunted for a seat (much to the organizers’ delight, more chairs had to be added!) and got caught up with neighbours, they were treated to songs from Jonathan Churcher’s recently released album, Rock Walker Blues. Shortly after 7pm, the MC for the night, the affable Minister of Education, Culture, and Employment, Alfred Moses, took the stage to introduce the eclectic group of presenters. There were nine presentations exploring walking from a variety of different angles. Tour guide Rosie Strong introduced the audience to the Old Town Soundwalk, an audio tour app that shares the stories, music, and colourful history of Yellowknife’s oldest neighbourhoods. In a presentation titled “The Art of Walking,” chiropractor Michael Bokor explored what is happening in our feet, legs, and knees when we go out for a ramble. Inveterate adventurers Leanne Robinson and Dwayne Wohlgemuth explored the risks and rewards of two month-long walks they have undertaken in the NWT, the first along the Arctic Coast and the second through the Mackenzie Mountains. Traditional artist Gerri Sharpe took the audience behind the scenes of the Yellowknife stop of Walking with Our Sisters, a commemorative art installation that honours the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Historian and NWTRPA staff member Jess Dunkin brought to life the six-day walking competitions that drew large crowds to places like Madison Square Garden in New York City in the late nineteenth century. Colinda Blondin, a youth officer from Behchokǫ̀, and Allice Legat, a Yellowknife author and anthropologist, explored how walking ties people to place from Scotland to Denendeh in a presentation titled, “Know Where You’re From, Know Where You Live.” Photographer Jennifer Broadbridge spoke about the joys and challenges of living without a car since 2009. Elaine Stewart, Karen Wilford, Lorne Gushue, and Peter Chynoweth of Yellowknife United Church introduced audience members to labyrinth walking, a form of prayer/meditation that originated in pre-Christian times. The evening ended with biologist-turned-author Jamie Bastedo reading an excerpt from his novel Tracking Triple Seven that follows a collared bear as she travels across the barrenlands with her cubs. For all of the evening’s variety (as one audience member noted, there really was something for everyone), there were also common themes. Perhaps the most recurrent was that of connection. Walking, the different presenters made clear, connects us to our bodies; to the places we walk, both urban and wild; to others, from family and friends to neighbours and strangers; and to the Creator. Following on this, walking is: a way to tend to our physical and mental wellbeing; a vehicle for strengthening relationships and building community; an ethical choice; a way to know the past and present of the places where we are from or where we find ourselves; and a spiritual practice. It was not just the presenters who told stories about walking, the audience was also asked to share their motivations for walking on a large wooden display board. Here are a few of their responses: I walk to get where I need to go. I walk to make life decisions. I walk to get to high places. I walk so my dog won’t poop indoors. I walk for the environment. You can read more walking motivations and contribute your own on Twitter using the hashtag #whywewalk. Thank you to the presenters for your thoughtful, engaging, and entertaining contributions to the evening’s conversation about walking and to the audience members for your interest, enthusiasm, and graciousness. If you were unable to attend the PechaKucha, you can watch the presentations here. A big thank you to Rajiv Rawat at the Museum for his technical expertise. This post is also available on the NWT Recreation and Parks Association website.

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Circadian Rhythms

“Most organisms have internalized [earth’s 24 hour] environmental cycle; An [organism] has a massive advantage if it can predict when the sun will come up instead of reacting to it.” In Circadian Rhythms from PechaKucha Night Cambridge's 3rd volume, Molecular biologist John O'Neil explains all about the science of the circadian rhythm. Ever wondered why you get jet lag, have more energy in the morning or feel tired after lunch? Wonder no more as it’s a fascinating cycle!