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Suds & Science

A “Spirited” Discussion

Sometimes, the most interesting discussions occur over a beer or a glass of your favorite vino. (Bonus points if you can remember what was said the next morning!) That’s the concept behind Suds & Science, a monthly event that brings scientists face-to-face with the general public in a neighborhood bar. Each session kicks off with a short and enlightening presentation, after which the floor is open for discussion between the audience and the speaker. We cover a wide variety of topics that can range from the science of beer to superhero physics to the genius of genomes. We invite you to come sit back, sip your favorite beverage and participate in the discussion. Suds & Science puts the fun and spirit(s) back into learning. 


While Suds & Science is on a break, we are excited to support Taste of Science San Diego and their upcoming festival April 19–27, 2022. 

Taste of Science Schedule:

Date: Tuesday, April 19

Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $5-$8

Location: Duck Foot Brewing, 8920 Kenmar Drive #210, San Diego, CA 92121

Extracting Meaning from Motion: From Language to the Ocean

From gestures and sign language to ocean waves, motion can tell us a lot about the world. Join us to kick off our first in-person taste of science San Diego event since 2019, and hear from two local scientists about their work on human language and oceanography!

Speaker: Carol Padden
I'm Dean of the School of Social Sciences at UCSD, and faculty in Communication. My PhD is in Linguistics, and I study sign languages of the world.

"Multimodality in Human Language"

Most humans will grow up using a spoken language, but given certain conditions they will learn a sign language instead, or in addition. Sign languages exist nearly everywhere on the planet, including in Greenland, Iceland, Papua New Guinea and Bali. There are even cases of sign languages used by hearing people to communicate with one another. Human language is fundamentally multimodal, with as many variations of speech together with gesture and sign as there are languages around the world.

Date: Thursday, April 21

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Location: Bay City Brewing, 3760 Hancock Street, San Diego, CA 92110

Cost: $5 - $8

Note: This event is for 21+. Dogs are welcome

Taste of Algae

What if we told you that by mixing tiny algae cells with just light and a bit of salt, we can produce all kinds of sustainable products such as edible vaccines, anti-cancer drugs, and even shoes and surfboards? Come join us to learn about microalgae biotechnology!

Speaker: João Vitor Dutra Molino
I'm a pharmacist by degree, a biologist by trade and an open scientist by heart.

“Microalgae biotech: the solution to almost everything”

Bioproducts come in different forms and shapes. In this talk, I will present research/ideas that our group has and is performing to use microalgae, tiny little algae cells, that produce a variety of products with just light and a bit of salt. In particular, I will describe how we can use these microorganisms to make sustainable products from shoes to hues.


Date: Monday, April 25

Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

Location: Thorn Brewing, 3176 Thorn Street, San Diego, CA 92104

Cost: $5-$8

Reef Rescue: A Noah's Ark for Coral

Coral Reef Arks are floating coral reefs being used to study how we can give the threatened communities of coral a second chance to thrive. Join us to hear from Dr. Forest Rohwer, who will talk about what we've learned so far and future plans for deploying these ocean tools.

Speaker: Forest Rohwer
Viral ecologist that loves IPAs

“Coral Reef Arks”

Coral Reef Arks are floating coral reefs. The arks are being used as tools to study how coral reefs develop with the long-term goal of restoring degrade reefs. Currently, we have deployed arks in Puerto Rico and Curacao. I will talk about what we've learned so far and future plans for the Coral Reef Arks.


Date: Wednesday, April 27

Time:  7 to 9 p.m.

Location: Park & Rec, 4612 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92116

Cost: $0-$5

tasteofscience Trivia Night!

Do you love science, beer, and friendly competition? Join the taste of science San Diego team for a (free-of-charge) science Trivia Night to wrap up our 2022 festival. There is no need to attend prior taste of science events to join, although doing so may give you a leg up on your opponents! There will be a raffle and ample opportunities to win prizes.

Past Suds & Science Events

During the pandemic, we hosted Suds & Science virtually on a variety of topics. From COVID treatments and vaccine development, to equity and diversity in college education, to cancer research and more.

To view recordings of our virtual events, please visit the Fleet Science Center's YouTube channel here


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