2022-23 Public Lectures Series



Date: February 6, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM

Location: St. Mary's University (Stephanie MacDonald Lecture Theatre, SMU Atrium 101)
Zoom Meeting Link: https://smu-ca.zoom.us/j/83595389214

Meeting ID: 835 9538 9214

Student Symposium:
Climate Science in NS

Join us as we discover the latest research findings of student scientists working at nearby Ns research institutions, who are studying topics related to climate change in the province of Nova Scotia


Date: March 6, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM

Location: St. Mary's University (Stephanie MacDonald Lecture Theatre, SMU Atrium 101)

Zoom Meeting Link: https://smu-ca.zoom.us/j/89003095335

Meeting ID: 890 0309 5335

Accelerating natural ocean CO2 sequestration as a climate change solution?:
Testing the safety and viability of Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement


Dr. William Burt
Planetary Technologies

Dr. Burt's talk will outline a process called Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement (OAE) that has the potential to remove CO2 from the atmosphere while de-acidifying our oceans. The premise of OAE will be discussed, as well as the research being done into its viability and safety, and the role Halifax is playing in this exciting new field


Date: April 3, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM

Location: St. Mary's University (Stephanie MacDonald Lecture Theatre, SMU Atrium 101)

Zoom Meeting Link: https://smu-ca.zoom.us/j/87633623130

Meeting ID: 876 3362 3130

How to Stop Global Warming:
For the past 15-yrs climate science has focused on how long carbon sinks can continue to absorb carbon before they become saturated and potentially transition to carbon sources

Dr. Andrew MacDougall
Associate Professor, St. Francis Xavier University

This talk will focus on the findings of this research including climate-carbon feedbacks loops, the extraordinarily long lifetime of global warming, and the need to reduce emission to zero to stabilize global temperature


Date: May 1, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM

Location: St. Mary's University (Stephanie MacDonald Lecture Theatre, SMU Atrium 101)

Zoom Meeting Link: https://smu-ca.zoom.us/j/81673430937

Meeting ID: 816 7343 0937

Winter: A Bug's Eye View:
Understanding how animals interact with and survive low temperatures is important, especially as our winters become less predictable due to climate change

Dr. Jantina Toxopeus
Assistant Professor, St. Francis Xavier University

This talk will focus on the over-wintering biology of insects, and what these chilly critters can teach us about surviving in the frozen state!

A free public lecture is held at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of every month, starting from October through to May. Unless otherwise specified, the lectures are held in Atrium 101 (see map below for directions) at Saint Mary's University Campus, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The NSIS Council meets shortly before each public lecture, at 6:00 p.m.


Previous Lectures


Previous Talks on Youtube Channel


How the black soldier fly can help turn the global protein crisis around


Making the Transition to Low-Carbon Energy in Atlantic Canada: How Will We Get There?


COVID-19 Student Research in Nova Scotia