Maine Science Festival
The Maine Science Festival (MSF), launched in 2015, is a celebration of Maine science with more than 70 events and activities for all ages.
As the first and only science festival in Maine, the Maine Science Festival is a celebration of the national and world leading science by the Mainers who do it. We shine a spotlight on the science, engineering, technology and innovation happening in Maine every day.
The MSF encourages attendees to question the world around them, and seeks to inspire not only the next generation of scientists and engineers, but also facilitate grass roots scientific thinking at the citizen level. With the help of our sponsors and presenters, the MSF works to showcase the remarkable work happening in Maine daily.
Our primary event is our five-day festival in March (6th Maine Science Festival is March 18th-22nd, 2020), with all events except the headliner free of charge thanks to our sponsors. We have more than 70 + activities and events (forums, talks, exhibits, films, hands-on) for all ages, held in different locations around Bangor including the Cross Insurance Center. The MSF is set up to ensure that all Mainers have the opportunity to attend and learn about science in a unique and innovative way. By doing this, we allow festival-goers to get inspired by the many different types of science, technology, engineering and research that is happening in Maine on a daily basis.
In celebration of Maine's Bicentennial the Maine Science Festival will be shining an even larger spotlight on Maine science in 2020, and will be having the first-ever all-Maine Headliner event: a Bangor Symphony Orchestra concert program exploring one of the state's most treasured assets - the ocean. The MSF has commissioned composer Lucas Richman to create a symphonic work that will provide a musical exploration of climate change in the Gulf of Maine, The Warming Sea.
In 2020, we are also partnering with Penobscot Theatre Company and will be focussing on the science and research of addiction to coincide with PTCs Maine premiere of Safety Net a play that addresses the impact of opioids on a small town. We are committed to working on bridging the silos that have kept science and humanities artificially separated, and we are honored to be teaming up with arts organizations to better understand two of the most important issues facing Maine.
In addition to the festival, we also run and partner with others to have MSF Pop-up events throughout other months (generally September - June) in locations around the state. It's a way to remind people that science is happening every day and that these events are just a sample of what to expect at the full Maine Science Festival.
Since our inaugural festival in 2015, more than 50,000 people have joined with us to celebrate Maine science, and we are proud to highlight not only the remarkable work happening everyday throughout Maine, but the remarkable people who make it happen. Join us at the MSF, where you’ll find out what we know: Maine scientists and engineers are among the best the in the country and the world, and that science is everywhere!
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The 2020 Maine Science Festival will have events on: Wednesday, March 18th; Thursday, March 19, 2020, 7:30pm Friday, March 20, 2020, 4:00pm-9:30pm Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9:00am-7:15pm Sunday, March 22, 2020, 11am-6pm; headliner event 3pm.