MDI Biological Laboratory


The MDI Biological Laboratory offers a full schedule of public outreach events, including the popular Science Cafés, conferences and courses.


Eau: Safe Water Systems = Strong Public Health

May 23, 2022 • 5:00 - 6:00 pm (Online)

Safe water is a basic human right, yet one in three people do not have access to clean water. Join us for an online Science Café with MDIBL alum Donald Brooks, founder of Initiative: Eau, a non-profit committed to increasing and protecting safe water access in vulnerable communities to improve health outcomes.

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An Update on MDI Historical Society’s Landscape of Change

June 6, 2022 • 5:00 - 6:00 pm (Online)

To understand how climate change is affecting Mount Desert Island (MDI), we need to look to the past; historical records help document the scope, scale and speed of climate change. Join Raney Bench, Catherine Schmitt and Johannah Blackman as they explore how these changes are affecting bird populations, the status of pollinator species and the ocean surrounding MDI.

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Magnifying Discovery: A Closer Look at Microscopy at MDIBL

June 13, 2022 • 5:00 - 6:00 pm (Online)

While scientific images are often stunning from an artistic point of view, for scientists, the value of these images is in the answers they can provide to complex research questions. Join Frédéric Bonnet, Ph.D., manager of the MDI Biological Laboratory Light Microscopy Facility (LMF); Marko Pende, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the Murawala Lab; and Karissa Tilbury, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at University of Maine in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering as they discuss their uses of microscopy.

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Fail Early, Fail Often: MDI Bioscience’s New Approach

June 27, 2022 • 5:00 - 6:00 pm ((Hybrid) Maren Auditorium on MDI Biological Laboratory campus and via Zoom)

Discovering new medicines is complex and risky. Only 1 in 5,000 discoveries become approved drugs to treat human disease. Join Hermann Haller, M.D., and Jim Strickland for an in-person Science Café on June 27 to hear how MDI Bioscience’s approach of “fast failure” could speed up the development of new medicines.

Family Science Night

Family Science Night

July 6, 2022 • 4:00 - 6:00 pm (MDIBL Lower Campus)

Family Science Night at the MDI Biological Laboratory is an annual summer tradition where scientists, students, and the greater community come together to encourage learners of all ages to engage with science. Bring your friends and family and have fun with a variety of hands-on science activities!

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The Hand-Off Collaborations at MDIBL

July 11, 2022 • 5:00 - 6:00 pm (MDI Biological Laboratory Campus)

Scientific research is at its best with collaboration and cooperation. Join Dustin Updike, Ph.D., and Brett Keiper, Ph.D., for an in-person Science Café on July 11 to hear how MDI Biological Laboratory’s Visiting Scientist program has fostered their collaboration, created a knowledge-sharing culture and allowed time to engage in creative thought.


Annual Meeting 2022

July 28, 2022 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Hybrid: In-person and via Zoom)

Join us for the Annual Meeting of the Corporation on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

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Wildlife Conservation and Education in the Somes Pond/Long Pond Watershed

September 12, 2022 • 5:00 - 6:00 pm (Online)

Somes Pond and Long Pond offer beautiful, tranquil spots on MDI cherished by residents, visitors and wildlife alike. Join Billy Helprin, Director of the Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, for an online Science Café on September 12 to hear how generations of environmental stewardship have allowed these ponds, the surrounding land and wildlife to thrive.

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Digging Deep: Students Well-Equipped to Make Change

October 17, 2022 • 5:00 - 6:00 pm (Online)

Does engaging students in sampling their wells for toxic metals, analyzing the data in their classroom, and sharing their findings with their communities result in improved public health? Join Jane Disney, Ph.D., Sarah Hall, Ph.D. and Hannah Lust, Ph.D., to hear how they have equipped local students to affect change in Maine and New Hampshire in this online Science Café.