2020 Season 2 show dates:


Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 7pm

Alison Muller – Stem Cells and BioPrinting

Ed Douglas – All Work & No Play? The What, Why & How of Making Video Games

Farhan Umedaly – Sustainability in Filmmaking

MARCH 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7pm. 

Kurtis Baute – Environmental Scientist & YouTube sensation.

Kurtis sealed himself in a DIY Biodome – a tiny, air-tight greenhouse, filled with several hundred plants – to show people how we interact with the air we breathe and to explain some of the science around climate change. A “don’t-try-this-at-home” experiment, it trended on Twitter and made BBC news – all while he was inside, trying to stay calm to conserve air. It did NOT go as planned. Click here to see our fav video!

Josh Silberg – Eco Tourism

From Mexico to Australia to Southeast Asia, whale shark tourism has exploded around the world in the last decade. Tourists are generally brought to swim with the world’s largest fish at places where they aggregate in large numbers. Unfortunately, wild animals don’t always get the memo, so sometimes people can go home without seeing a shark. In the central Philippines, one town has figured out how to pretty much guarantee you see whale sharks—they feed them. Feeding wildlife for ecotourism purposes is controversial, and even shark conservationists differ in opinions. How can we ensure whale shark tourism is sustainable for both the sharks and the people who rely on tourism for their livelihoods?

Bio: Josh Silberg has researched everything from humpback whales to whale sharks to rockfish—he just couldn’t decide on one creature to study. After earning a Master’s of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University, he joined the British Columbia-based Hakai Institute as the Science Communications Coordinator. Now, he gets to share all sorts of coastal science stories through blogs, videos, graphics, and the occasional poem. Josh is also a Vancouver producer with The Story Collider, and hosts four shows per year where people perform true, personal stories about science. In his free time, he can be found photographing wildlife, hiking, or searching for creatures in tide pools. You can follow him on twitter @joshsilberg.



Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 7pm

Gwen Bailey, Caltech – Organic Chemistry & Carbon Bonds

Originally from the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, Canada, Gwen completed her PhD in chemistry with Prof. Deryn Fogg at the University of Ottawa. There, she studied an exceptionally powerful and “green” technology for building carbon-carbon bonds. Her research was recognized by the Inorganic Division of the Canadian Institute for Chemistry, with its 2018 “AGWIC” award for graduate work in inorganic chemistry, and by a postdoctoral fellowship from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). At Caltech, Gwen’s research focuses on new ways to activate carbon dioxide (CO2) using mixed-metal complexes. With emerging technologies for efficiently capturing CO2 directly from the atmosphere, this research could lead to powerful strategies for taking advantage of atmospheric CO2 to synthesize renewable, carbon-neutral liquid fuels.

Michelle Kunimoto, PhD Candidate, UBC – Transit Signals & Exoplanet Hunting

Michelle Kunimoto added an impressive entry to her resumé before even graduating from UBC: discovered four new planets. While earning a Bachelor of Science in combined honours Physics and Astronomy, Michelle pinpointed four new worlds beyond our solar system, ranging in size from Mercury-sized to slightly larger than Neptune.

Michelle is a PhD candidate, with dreams of working for NASA. Hear her talk before she leaves Canada to pursue her post-doctoral fellowship in parts unknown.

Michelle also made it onto the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Science in 2017.