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    Every now and then, I take part in different science communication projects. Here are a few:

    August 10 2020

    In late April, the Toronto Science Policy Network launched a survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on graduate students across Canada. This survey was open from April 22nd, 2020 to May 31st, 2020, collecting a total of 1,431 responses. Based on survey findings, we made several recommendations to ensure graduate students receive support as Canada slowly begins to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    October 2020

    Every year, the Gairdner Awards celebrate science and research excellence in the medical health areas. In collaboration with the Canadian Society of Molecular Biosciences and the Michael Smith Laboratories at UBC, a series of articles, comics, videos and accompanying lesson ideas were created to celebrate the science of a selection of the 2020 Canada Gairdner Awardees.


    I wrote about Drs Quarraisha & Salim Abdool Karim, in a piece titled “Beyond the ABCs: How to Prevent HIV.” The Karims developed a gel to prevent sexually acquired HIV infections in women, and empowered women to protect themselves.


    Art by Armin Mortazavi.

    (Article | Comic | Video)

    17 March - 16 April 2021

    In this project, we are crowd-sourcing speaking fees and honoraria from across STEMM disciplines, career stages, geographies, and contexts in order to create a transparent public-facing resource and make it easy for anyone giving an invited talk, of any kind, to seek compensation and point to a resource to justify their “ask”.

    Twitter Takeovers, Gairdner Foundation


    I occasionally take over the Gairdner Foundation's Twitter account, where I live-tweet about virtual panels. Here are all of my takeovers:

    • Coming Soon: The Future of Gene Editing and Gene Therapies. 3 Dec 2020. 1:40-2:30 PM. 
    • 2020 Canada Gairdner Laureate Lectures. 22 & 23 Oct 2020. 9:00-11:30 AM. (Twitter Moment | Blog Post)
    • Sustainable Development Goals & Global Health through the Pandemic Lens, 21 Oct 2020.  11:00-2:30 PM. (Twitter Moment)
    • COVID-19: The Canadian Research Response Panel. 29 June 2020. 11:00-1:00 PM. (Blog Post)
    • Gairdner Global Perspectives Panel: COVID-19 – The Road Forward. 20 May 2020. 11:00-1:00 PM. (Blog Post)

    Preparing Plain Language Summaries, Evidence for Democracy

    July 2021

    Research often involves high level scientific or technical components that are not usually accessible to non-specialist readers. To complicate matters further, there is also a lack of standardized tools or practices across institutions to guide public science communication in ways that make science comprehensible and useful to stakeholders.


    This is where plain language — and our new toolkit, Preparing Plain Language Summaries, — can help.