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Fall 2017 Petri Dish - The Experiment Continues!

A new season of The Petri Dish launches this fall at Camp Bar in downtown St. Paul. Join us for lively, informal, curiosity-driven conversations about the future of food and water, and an exploration of the causes underlying the misalignment between public perceptions about scientific facts.


Setting the table for 10 billion

The world population could reach close to 10 billion in just over 30 years. That’s a lot of mouths to feed. How we do it has broad social and policy implications. Our panelists will discuss what it will take to feed the world without harming the environment as demand continues its upward trajectory.

Panelists: Dan Voytas, Jason Hill and Elizabeth Dunbar

Guest moderator: Jessica Hellmann


The future of water in the land of 10,000 lakes

Nothing is more synonymous with Minnesota than water. Our lakes and rivers are integral to our identity as a state -- and they are under threat. Our panelists explore possible solutions to pervasive problems from nitrogen runoff from agricultural land to the invasive species.

Panelists: Jacques Finlay, Steve Woods and Bonnie Keeler

Guest moderator: Valery Forbes


Resetting the conversation on science

From evolution to climate change, there are growing concerns about the mismatch between public discourse and scientific consensus. Our panelists explore what’s behind this mismatch and how we might establish a shared understanding of what we know and how we know it.

Panelists: Valery Forbes, Sehoya Cotner and Shawn Otto

Location: Camp Bar in downtown St. Paul Doors open at 6 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m A Black Sheep Pizza buffet available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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July, 2017