All events start at 6 pm and take place at:

National Mechanics

22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106


Science On Tap Untapped:
My Love Affair with Science

Monday April 29, 2019*

6:00-8:00 pm

Oh science, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways! For the last 10 years, Science on Tap has been in love with science. Join us for a special PSF edition that will get at the heart of why we care so deeply about this wide and varied field. Six speakers will share stories of how they fell for their research hook, line, and sinker. Between these flash-talks, we’ll get to the bottom of the greatest mystery of them all: just what is science’s love language?

*This event is presented as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival


Monday May 13, 2019

6:00-7:00 pm

Bees, Brews, and Brotherly Love:
the Avant-Garde Ecology of Philadelphia

– Douglas Sponsler, PhD

Like a scofflaw brewer shirking the Reinheitsgebot, cities break the rules of ecology. Time bends, categories blur, and the boundary between the human and the natural–an enduring phantom of industrial hubris–dissolves entirely. Here in Philly, we live in one of the world’s greatest urban-ecological experiments, an unfolding frontier of high aspiration and frequent catastrophe. As an entomologist, a wannabe-botanist, and a Philadelphia native, I explore this frontier through the lens of foraging bees, the plants they visit, and the people who have learned to see them.

bee_faceAbout the Speaker: Doug grew up in Philadelphia, did a Ph.D. in entomology at Ohio State University, and is currently a post-doc at Penn State University and a research associate at the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University. His work has focused on pollinator foraging ecology and toxicology, with an emphasis on urban landscapes. He lives with his wife, daughters, and grandfather in Roxborough.

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