The Maine Science Festival is returning to Bangor for March 16-20 after a two-year hiatus. Kate Dickerson, MSF founder & director noted, “The whole MSF team has been almost giddy at the thought of spotlighting Maine science again, in-person.”

Festival-goers can expect a wide array of science and organizations, and the program will include our Showcase Events like Exploration Station, 5 Minute GeniusTM, and Tech Night. With over 70 events and activities, there is an event for every Mainer, and a way to learn and celebrate the science in Maine from the people who do it. The full MSF programming schedule will be released in a few weeks on http://www.mainesciencefestival.org, the MSF Facebook page, and on Science Near Me (ScienceNearMe.org).

“We’re also happy for the return of our Field Trip Day, sponsored by the University of Maine. We provide 7th and 8th-grade students from schools all over Maine the opportunity to connect the dots with what they learn in school to all the different ways science is used in Maine. From technical applications to Ph.D. research, we work to show students that science is everywhere, and everywhere in Maine.” Dickerson said.

The 2022 Festival also includes the long-awaited world premiere of the MSF-commissioned symphonic piece, The Warming Sea, composed by GRAMMY award-winning Conductor & Composer, Lucas Richman, as our 2022 Headliner event: THE WARMING SEA – A SYMPHONIC EXPLORATION OF HOPE IN THE FACE OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS. This event is the culmination of years of work by Richman and the MSF team and will provide the audience with a deeper understanding of climate change in Maine as well as some next steps we can all take to address the climate crisis. Dickerson noted, “I believe we need more visceral ways to understand climate change than science alone has been able to provide. That is what inspired me to have the Maine Science Festival commission Lucas Richman to write The Warming Sea.”

THE WARMING SEA – AN EXPLORATION OF HOPE IN THE FACE OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS will be on March 19, 2022, at 7 pm at the Collins Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale now (thewarmingsea.me) and are $25 and $10 for students. The headliner is sponsored by Versant Power. Judy Long from Versant Power, noted, “At Versant Power, science is something that we do every day. It’s something that has meaning to us every day. When we learned of the opportunity to sponsor The Warming Sea, we jumped at the chance to be involved. At Versant Power, we’re fully committed to helping Maine achieve the challenges that are necessitated by our climate emergency and we are working every day to be a trusted partner in helping Maine achieve its renewable energy goals.”

The MSF is requiring vaccination and universal masking for the health and safety of presenters and festival-goers. The full covid protocols are at https://www.mainesciencefestival.org/covid-protocols.