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One of the featured projects at the Consilience event: Cosmic Bitcasting is a wearable cosmic ray sensor. It is a collaboration between media artist Afroditi Psarra and experimental physicist Cécile Lapoire. (Cosmic Bitcasting Photo via Vimeo)

How do we understand science?

That’s the question posed by the Institute for Systems Biology’s annual event, Consilience, and this year’s event will give Seattle science geeks a chance to experience the world around us like never before.

The event, to be held May 19, includes interactive projects like a vest that lets its wearer feel cosmic waves and a literal sandbox that models the size of our universe.

Attendees will also hear talks from ISB founder and genomics pioneer Dr. Lee Hood, along with Dan Goods and David Delgado from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and multimedia artist Afroditi Psarra from the University of Washington.

Consilience will take place on May 19 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The event is free and open to all ages.

That’s one of the highlights from our GeekWire community calendar, the spot for geek and tech events in Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest. See the full calendar here, submit your event here and keep reading for more suggested events over the next few weeks.

‘An Entertaining Lesson in Particle Physics’ with Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson

What: Just how does our universe work? Scientists still don’t really know, but PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson are teaming up to try and explain what they do know to us laypeople. Cham and Whiteson are the creators of “We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe” and they’re stopping by Seattle for a talk that’s sure to be equal parts education and hilarity.

When: May 20, 7:30 pm

Where: Town Hall Seattle

Get involved: Find tickets and more info here, and check out Cham’s PHD Comics.

Science in the City: The Search for Life in the Universe

What: We’ve discovered hundreds of new planets in the past few years, but could any of them actually hold life? What would life look like on planets that are so different to our own? Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz explores these and other questions about our search for life in the universe at this Science in the City lecture. Great for kids of all ages!

When: May 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Pacific Science Center

Get involved: Find tickets and more info here.

Life Science Innovation Northwest

What: Life science can sometimes be the forgotten cousin of the Pacific Northwest innovation economy. Despite being quiet about its successes, the industry has a vibrant history, and emerging technologies make it a fascinating time to be innovating in the life sciences. Hear about all the cutting edge work happening in Washington state at this two-day conference, featuring a keynote from Microsoft Chief Legal Officer Brad Stone.

When: May 23 – 24

Where: Washington State Convention Center

Get involved: Find tickets and the full schedule of events here.

‘What’s Next?’ Civic Innovation Breakfast

What: Innovation isn’t limited to technologies and science — innovation in the civic arena is also top of mind for many folks these days, and Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry is driving that conversation at this annual breakfast on Civic Innovation in the Pacific Northwest. The event features a panel of civic leaders, moderated by Madrona Venture Group partner Matt McIlwain.

When: May 25, 7 – 9 a.m.

Where: MOHAI

Get involved: Find more details and ticket options here.

Accelement Jam #2

What: No startup gets off the ground without feedback and input from the communities it touches, and this event is all about delivering that feedback. Entrepreneurs will give two-minute pitches on their next great idea and get feedback from an audience of startup professionals and enthusiastic members of the public, including a Q&A to dive into the finer points of their ideas.

When: June 1, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: WeWork – South Lake Union

Get involved: Find tickets and more details here.

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