Quilting Science Stories from Alaska to the South Atlantic Ocean

Science on Tap
Monday, April 10, 2023
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
National Mechanics
22 South 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States


quilt your science quilt

Courtesy of Laura Guertin

Scientists have been increasing their use of communication tools like blog posts, podcasts, and videos to expand their reach and bring in new audiences to conversations around science. How about a more creative approach to tell stories of science, such as using quilts?

Marine geologist Laura Guertin will take us on the journey of when she first started combining her quilting- and science-storytelling skills and how her field experiences in Alaska, Louisiana, and on a two-month ocean expedition in the South Atlantic Ocean are being shared with quilts.

This event is free and takes place in person at National Mechanics restaurant in Old City Philadelphia. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required for this event.

About the Speaker

Laura Guertin is a distinguished professor of earth sciences at Penn State Brandywine. Trained in the field of marine geology and geophysics, she has a passion for finding ways to engage her students and general audiences to increase their scientific literacy. She has expanded her science communication toolkit to include creative arts, such as crocheting and quilting, to draw more people into conversations around why science matters and how science applies to everyone. You can explore her science-themed art projects at journeysofdrg.org.

About the Series

Science on Tap is a monthly virtual speaker series that features brief, informal presentations by Philadelphia-based scientists and other experts followed by lively conversation and a Q&A. The goal is to promote enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited, and accessible way, while also meeting new people. Come join the conversation!