2023-24 Public Lectures Series

Date: February 5th, 2024
Time: 7:30-8:30 PM Atlantic Time

Preliminary findings from a groundbreaking study of marine CO2 removal in Halifax

Dr.William Burt
Planetary Technologies

Global warming driven by atmospheric CO2 threatens our livelihood, and ocean acidification driven by natural ocean uptake of this CO2 threatens marine ecosystems. Planetary Tech, a small Dartmouth-based company, teamed with Dalhousie researchers, is leading global efforts to test a potential tool in the fight against both the climate crisis and ocean acidification. In this talk I'll outline how this tool, called Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement, works, and explain how Nova Scotia has become a well-recognized world leader in the tool's R&D.

UPDATED: Due to weather this event will be ONLINE ONLY
To join virtually:
Zoom Meeting: https://smu-ca.zoom.us/j/81227261291
Meeting ID: 812 2726 1291

Date: March 4th, 2024
Time: 7:30 -8:30 PM Atlantic Time

Student symposium: Current research in Nova Scotia

To join virtually:

Zoom Meeting: https://smu-ca.zoom.us/j/85417346446

Meeting ID: 854 1734 6446
Passcode: NSIS2024

To join in-person: Saint Mary’s University, Atrium 101 – Halifax, NS

Date: April 8th, 2024
Time: 7:30-8:30 PM Atlantic Time

Sustainable agriculture needs insects; insects need sustainable agriculture

Dr.Paul Manning
Dalhousie University, Biology

Insects are sometimes referred to as “the little things that run the world” based on their central importance to terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. This importance extends to land used for producing food, where insects provide a wide range of environmental benefits to agriculture. This lecture will explore the environmental benefits supported by insects; arguing that insect conservation is an integral outcome of sustainable food production.

To join virtually:

Zoom Meeting: https://smu-ca.zoom.us/j/86275891779

Meeting ID: 862 7589 1779

To join in-person: Saint Mary’s University, Atrium 101 – Halifax, NS

Date: May 6th, 2023 | AGM 2024
Time: 7:30 PM Atlantic Time

The Geology of the Cabot Trail: The Surprising 1.5 Billion Year Story of Nova Scotia’s Most Iconic Drive

Dr. Jason Loxton
Cape Breton University, Geology

Beneath the rolling vistas of this world-famous road, lies a story far older and more dramatic than most people imagine. A story of colliding continents, mass extinctions, volcanoes, earthquakes, and glaciers, which gives a surprising new meaning to the term ‘Come from Away’.

By tying the broad story of Nova Scotia’s development as an Island to a series of accessible stops along the Cabot Trail, this talk will ensure you will never experience the Cabot Trail the same way again!

To join virtually:

Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94578806258?pwd=Zyt3NFdvVHZkSjlEUEtheDdUenRuUT09

Meeting ID: 945 7880 6258
Passcode: 2024

To join in-person:Cape Breton University, Shannon School of Business, Rm 203

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