Darwin Day is celebrated on 12th February to commemorate Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary theory, on his birthday anniversary. The celebrations honor the discovery and intellectual bravery of Darwin, and are meant as acclamation of reason and the scientific method.
Charles Darwin provided a unifying framework through which we understand all life: organisms evolve by means of natural selection. More organisms are born than can survive, and because of the differences between them, the variants which are more advantageous in the current environment are propagated more successfully into next generations. This is the central idea of Darwin’s book “On the Origin of Species”, which laid the foundation for evolutionary biology.
During his lifetime, Darwin actively worked to promote the understanding of his theory by corresponding with numerous scientists of his era, as well as by commenting on press articles, reviews and satire to provide scientific scrutiny and debunk misunderstandings.
Unfortunately, the theory of evolution is still often not accepted, misunderstood, or disregarded in science education.
For this year’s Darwin Day celebrations at Crastina we invite you to:
- Check out our favourite “evolution in action” video showing bacteria evolving antibiotic resistance:
- Clarify common evolutionary misconceptions thanks to this infographic.
- Evolve a deadly pathogen in the game “Plague Inc”, which is arguably the most fun way to learn about the principles of disease evolution.
- Take part in a Darwin Day event near you. There are public lectures, exhibitions, competitions, and games – all to promote the public understanding of evolution.
- Have some cake.
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- The song of plankton – “visualizing” big data as music - April 9, 2018
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- Crastina Column, Sep–Oct 2017: Can a simple card game help us see things from ”the other’s” point of view? - September 19, 2017
- Talking science from the top of a soap box - February 13, 2017
- Science Gingerbread competition - December 13, 2016
- Dance your PhD – 2016 edition open for registration - September 14, 2016
- EvoKE 2017 – bringing together stakeholders for public understanding of evolution - September 8, 2016