BGSU Science Cafes

What are Science Cafés

Science Cafes are a partnership between the BGSU Center for Public Impact, the Center for Great Lakes and Watershed Studies, and WBGU-TV.  Currently, science cafes are being held virtually using Zoom. Participants will get the zoom link upon registering for the event. To register, click the date below you would like to attend to locate the registration link.

Please direct questions to or 419-372-9865.

Upcoming Science Cafés

Archive of BGSU Science Cafés

Algae's Upside, February 2021

Dr. Chris Ward, an assistant professor in microbial ecology in BGSU’s Biology Department, discussed the what, why and how of algal biofuels and bioproducts including the ways you may already be using algae in your everyday life. Dr. Ward shared the current roadblocks keeping algae from your gas pump as well as what his lab at BGSU is doing to help advance the mass algal cultivation process and improve water quality in Ohio and globally.

Cleaning Up Regional Waterways, January 2021

Dr. Angélica Vázquez-Ortega, an assistant professor in geochemistry at BGSU's School of Earth, Environment and Society, discussed how federal and regional agencies, higher education institutions and farmers are working collaboratively to implement agricultural best management practices (BMPs) in the Maumee River Watershed. The goal is to control nutrient losses in order to mitigate harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

Making Aquaculture More Palatable, December 2020

With human population and seafood consumption both rapidly increasing, the demand for seafood products has put incredible pressure on wild fisheries. As a result, many species of fish are overfished and alternative sources of seafood products are necessary to meet the demand. Aquaculture, or fish farming, has been thought to be the solution but is often viewed unfavorably by consumers. New technologies and strategies can be utilized to reduce negative impacts and improve consumer perceptions of aquaculture. A discussion of novel, ground-breaking systems being developed and implemented in Northwest Ohio will show how high quality products with few, if any, negative impacts is shaping a bright future for aquaculture.

Great Lakes Water Quality, October 2020

Dr. Ostrowski, an associate professor in BGSU's Chemistry Department, will discuss the basic photochemistry research taking place at BGSU’s Center for Photochemical Sciences, and how this work promises to deliver new discoveries and, ultimately, help create public good. She will share about a photochemical reaction in seaweed, and how the chemistry going on in this natural system can be applied to make new materials that capture and release nutrients from wastewater.