Café Sci

Bigelow Laboratory's Café Sci is a fun, free way for you to engage with ocean researchers on critical issues and groundbreaking science. Pick a chair, grab a drink, and let’s talk about the mysteries, challenges, and opportunities of the sea.

We're looking forward to our 2019 Café Sci series, which is again being made possible through sponsorship by HM Payson. Each event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. We hope to see you there, as well as at our annual open house on Friday, July 19.

Seating is limited at this popular summer series. Please register below today!


Art and Science:

New Insights Through Creative Collaborations

A Special Event Showcasing Artist and Scientist TeamsRegister

Bigelow Laboratory researchers regularly team up with artists to help share their findings and gain new perspectives. By exploring the fusion of science and art, these creative collaborations are helping people explore the wonder of our world and the science that reveals its full splendor. This special event will feature numerous short presentations by teams of artists and ocean scientists, and it will conclude with a performance by Halcyon String Quartet – a new group that uses music to promote environmental stewardship in response to climate change.


Research to the Rescue:

How Science is Our Best Hope in a Changing Climate

Led by RegisterDr. Deborah Bronk

By pumping huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, humanity is conducting a massive experiment on the planet. To prevent severe climate disruption, we must reduce carbon dioxide levels by committing to emit less. In addition, scientists are working to develop approaches that mitigate and even reverse climate change. Join Dr. Deborah Bronk as she overviews the field of climate change mitigation and the ways Bigelow Laboratory scientists are contributing to this emerging science both locally and globally.


An Ocean of Life:

One Drop of Seawater, One Million Organisms

Led by RegisterDr. Ramunas Stepanauskas

The Human Genome Project forever changed the field of biology when it published the first genetic blueprint of a human being in 2000. Today, scientists have expanded upon those methods and are working to map the blueprints of marine microorganisms – millions of which live in each teaspoon of seawater. Using novel molecular techniques developed at Bigelow Laboratory, researchers have built the largest library of single-celled microbe genomes to date. Join Dr. Ramunas Stepanauskas to discuss the multitudes contained in a single drop of seawater, and the technologies that are revealing this incredible diversity.


Ends of the Earth:

A Year of Research In the Arctic and Antarctic

Led by RegisterDr. Paty Matrai

Microbes thrive everywhere, even in harsh and uninviting polar regions. In a single 12-month period, Dr. Paty Matrai’s research team traveled to both the Western Antarctic Peninsula and the North Pole to study interactions between ocean bacteria and phytoplankton. In both places, their goal was to understand how these interactions effect the important gases and aerosols that contribute to cloud formation. Join Dr. Matrai to discuss how marine microbes shape clouds, which help control the temperature of our planet.


Raw Bar to Lab Bench:

Insights into Human Health from Oysters

Led by RegisterDr. José Fernández Robledo

Mollusks from raw oysters to steamed clams are popular choices among seafood lovers. Over the last decade, scientists have garnered a vast amount of genetic information from these gourmet organisms as part of efforts to improve the quality and sustainability of the industry. Diverse fields are likely to benefit from this new resource – including human health research. Join Dr. José A. Fernández Robledo as he highlights promising applications of mollusk biology, such as new strategies to fight pathogens and the potential to inspire alternative drugs.


Whales and Warming:

How Climate Change is Shaping the Future of Right Whales

Led by RegisterDr. Nick Record

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered animals on the planet, with only around 400 individuals remaining. Conservation strategies depend on knowing where and when right whales are most likely to show up, and encounters with fishing gear and large ships can be deadly. Climate change is rapidly reorganizing the Gulf of Maine ecosystem, upending the regular patterns of whales' planktonic food supply and putting their future at risk. Join Dr. Nick Record to discuss how advances in oceanographic forecasting provide one way forward for managing whales in a changing climate.

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