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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. 


Schedule 2021

July 12
6:30 to 8 p.m.

Topic: Making Medicine More Equitable through Materials Science

The global pandemic has highlighted the vast disparities in access to life-saving drugs and vaccines between rich and poor communities and nations. Dr. Pokorski is trying to use lessons learned in the manufacturing of Legos to make access to medicine more equitable throughout the world. By using tools from plastics manufacturing, his research provides the opportunity to administer treatments at home that are painless, eliminate the need for multiple doses of a vaccine, and allows for pharmaceutical products to be shipped throughout the world without need for refrigeration. Learn more about how Dr. Pokorski is using common manufacturing tools to make new vaccines for HPV, cholesterol, and even COVID-19.  

Location: We are back to in-person events! And we thank Thorn Brewing for hosting our first in-person event in over a year!
Thorn Brewing, 3176 Thorn Street, San Diego, CA 92104
Thorn Beers available for purchase and the wonderful "A Truck Called Noodles" Foodruck will be there to help you fight dinner cravings. You can bring food into the brewery! 

Cost: $5-$20, The Fleet Science Center is happy to provide tiered pricing to make this event affordable, while also allowing attendees to support the Fleet if they can, making it possible for the Fleet to offer programs like these. 


August 9
6:30 to 8 p.m.

Topic: The Race for Better Batteries

Conversion of raw materials into usable energy and storage of the energy produced are common aspects of everyday life. The development of better batteries is a key technological challenge of the 21st century. Advances will allow smaller more powerful batteries and will provide a greater ability to harness more sustainable energy sources and improve our quality of life. Prof. Shirley Meng leads the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC), at the University of California San Diego to design and develop new functional nano-materials and nano-structures for energy storage and conversion. Learn more how her lab’s research has made batteries safer, more powerful and last longer. 

Location: Wavelength Brewing, 236 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084
We thank Wavelength Brewing for welcoming us back into their space after a year of virtual Suds & Science events. Wavelength beers will be available for purchase and we encourage you to bring your own dinner! 

Cost: $5-$20, The Fleet Science Center is happy to provide tiered pricing to make this event affordable, while also allowing attendees to support the Fleet if they can, making it possible for the Fleet to offer programs like these. 

If you missed our special Suds & Science series: San Diego’s Amazing Race to Combat COVID-19, you can watch the these and other science talks on the Fleet Science Center's YouTube Channel.

Developing a Vaccine in Record Time - Dr. Francesca Torriani, Program director of Infection Prevention & Clinical Epidemiology at UC San Diego Health and Infectious Disease Specialist,  and Dr. Kate Broderick, VP of Preclinical Research & Development at Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. 

The Need for Speed in Finding Treatments - Dr. Evan Snyder, Dr. Sandra Leibel, Dr. Laura Riva and Dr. Xin Yin from the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute 

Antibodies to the Rescue - Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire from the La Jolla Institute for Immunology 

The Importance of Testing Everyone - Dr. Rob Knight, founding Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation and Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering and Computer Science & Engineering at UC San Diego and co-founder of the American Gut Project and the Earth Microbiome Project, and Dr. Lauge Farnaes, physician in infectious diseases at Rady Children’s Hospital and Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at UC San Diego