So you might have heard us eagerly announcing that the latest edition of THINK, the University’s research magazine, is out. And that you witness the research efforts of members of the UM community by either grabbing a copy from University Campus, or reading it online.
This edition is all about preservation and how a number of UM researchers interpret the topic from their perspective and in relation to the research they’re conducting.
Well, after all the hard work of the THINK team, it’s time to bring that research to the streets, or rather this time, to respect COVID-19 rules, in an open-air social club with socially-distanced tables.
Contributors from Issue #35 will be presenting their research in this informal, relaxed setting, while standing on the symbolic but literal makeshift wooden crate, and inviting attendees to chime in the discussion and give their very valid contributions.
Well, as if you needed another reason to be part of this fun evening, here we are giving you another five:
- 1 – The ambience is epic
Well, it’s taking place on Friday 23 July from 17:00 onwards at Ivy House Malta. It’s outdoorsy, yet safe, you’re surrounded by trees with leaves rustling in the wind, with fairy lights giving that touch of magic and you’re able to enjoy a nice, fancy and refreshing drink. What’s not to like about that?!
- 2 – Attendance is free
Of course, asking questions to the researchers, exploring ideas with them, and just having an intelligent conversation for the sake of it, does not come at a price. You should, however, register your interest via Eventbrite if you intend to join us.
- 3 – It’s like the coolest book club ever
Whenever we think of a book club, our mind will immediately go to the stereotype of the housewives who just use the phrase as a code for a get together to drink and gossip. But the THINK Soapbox event is way cooler, because sure, there will be gossip, and cool beverages, but the discussion can happen between anyone (researchers, staff, students) and about anything, as long as it is somehow related to preservation.
- 4 – Aren’t you missing having stimulating conversations with locals?
Indeed. This is one of those things everyone has been affected by in the pandemic, and we do urge everyone to stay safe. But we human beings like to talk, to give information, to get information, to get someone to do something, to stop someone from doing something, to make someone feel good, to make someone feel bad. Well, you get the gist – the element of conversation is what’s going to determine the success of this event.
- 5 – Give yourself some ideas for your next piece of research!
Why not? The more stimulating conversations we have, the more we can inspire ourselves to be go getters and pursue that research hypothesis we’ve been pondering on for ages.
We hope you can make it! See you there!