Portsmouth Science Cafe


The Portsmouth Science Café is hosted by NH EPSCoR in partnership with the University of New Hampshire, the Portsmouth Brewery and WSCA 106.1 Portsmouth Community Radio.  Moderated by UNH faculty member Cameron Wake at the Portsmouth Brewery's Jimmy LaPanza Lounge, the Portsmouth Science Café series provides a unique opportunity for Seacoast residents to feed their minds with contemporary science in the relaxed atmosphere of a pub.  Discussions, which are free and open to all, run from 6-8 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. for food and drinks.

Upcoming discussions:

January 21:  “Encroaching Tides: How Sea Level Rise and Tidal Flooding Threaten U.S. East and Gulf Coast Communities over the Next 30 Years”


Erika Spanger Siegfried is a senior analyst in the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists and one of the lead authors of the 2014 “Encroaching Tides” report, which includes a profile of Portsmouth.

Julie LaBranche is a Senior Planner with the Rockingham Planning Commission in southeast New Hampshire.

February 18:  “What’s the Government’s Role in Building the Economy?”
What are the tensions between public and private sec- tor investment? When is government the best tool for economic progress? How do funders, private or public, measure the impact of their investments?


Michael Ettlinger is the founding director of the Carsey School of Public Policy and is leading the transformation of the Carsey Institute into a school of public policy.

Michael Swack is an economist at UNH, where he has appointments at the Carsey School of Public Policy and the Paul College of Business and Economics.  He is the faculty director of the Center for Social Innovation and Finance.

March 18:  “From Concept to Commercialization”
How can companies develop breakthrough technologies by collaborating with universities?


Marc Sedam is the associate vice provost for innovation and new ventures at UNH and executive director of the N.H. Innovation Research Center.

Christopher Dundorf is a local entrepreneur and the president of 2KR Systems in Barrington.


A science cafés gives the public access to experts and professionals, who are also local residents, in a relaxed atmosphere where everyone joins in the discussion. This grassroots movement  increases community awareness of STEM related careers and contemorary issues in science and technology and is gaining momentum across the state in places like Nashua's Science Cafe New Hampshire; Lebanon's Science Pub at Salt Hill and Manchester's Science on Tap

Podcasts from the Fall 2012 series and Spring 2013 series are available for download.

NH EPSCoR is a program funded by the National Science Foundation to advance New Hampshire’s competitiveness in science and engineering. It's critical for the state to broaden the capacity to conduct research; to support business, industry and society with a workforce educated in science, engineering and mathematics; and to improve communication between scientists and the public.

The Portsmouth Brewery is New Hampshire’s original brewpub serving award-winning beers and creative cuisine featuring locally-sourced ingredients in the heart of Market Square since 1991. We serve all types and are proud to enable folks to do good while drinking well through a number of philanthropic activities.

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 12,300 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students.