2020 Maine Science Festival – first international collaboration

2020 Maine Science Festival – first international collaboration

The 6th Maine Science Festival (MSF) will have its first international panel with the Sunday, March 22nd forum, Off Shore Wind: From the UK to Maine. Kate Dickerson, MSF Founder & Director, and Ronit Prawer, Director of the UK Government’s Science and Innovation Network (SIN) for the Eastern USA, will both personally moderate the discussion to mark the occasion.

 

Dickerson notes, “The focus of the Maine Science Festival has always been the science that is happening within Maine. This session provides an opportunity to expand on that theme. Highlighting the work of Maine researchers and who they collaborate with is one of the most important aspects of the MSF, and often that work includes collaborators from all over the world. Hearing from Habib Dagher, Maine’s off-shore wind leader, and Tony Appleton, who has been involved in the UK’s offshore wind sector for years, we’ll be able compare our work in Maine with what is already happening elsewhere in this space, and see where our projects and outcomes may be different. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn what worked and what didn’t in UK, and how that may guide us going forward in Maine. And that is exactly how research and engineering advancements should work.”

 

Prawer added: “Since I first heard about the Maine Science Festival I knew I wanted the UK Science and Innovation Network team to be able to join in the fun. I’m thrilled so see that come to fruition this year, and absolutely delighted that the UK will be the MSF’s first international partner. Science research partnerships across the Atlantic are critical in this time of growing global challenges and what better topic to begin our conversation on collaboration than with offshore wind. Both the UK and Maine are world leaders in this field, natural partners in this research, and passionately committed to finding practical, effective solutions. We’re looking forward to a vibrant and lively discussion!”

 

Join us for the session: March 22, 11:30am-12:30pm. Epic Sports, 6 Central Street, Bangor, ME.

 

The world premiere of The Warming Sea is part of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks IV: Sounds of the Sea concert, Sunday, March 22, 3pm, Collins Center for the Arts, Orono, ME

 

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