• Upcoming talks

    Jan - March 2021 (Biweekly Workshops)

    In collaboration with Drs Tristan MacLean and Alana Wilcox, I am developing the Science Communication Toolbox for Researchers program for NSERC PermafrostNet researchers and trainees. This program is supported by an NSERC Science Communication Skills Pilot Grant.


    I will be teaching the following workshops:

    1. Science Communication 101 (13 Jan 2021) with Dr. Tristan McLean
    2. Social Media 101 (20 Jan 2021) with Dr. Tristan McLean
    3. Wikipedia Editing (17 March 2021)
    4. Science Policy 101 (31 March 2021)
    Farah Qaiser is a genomics researcher and science communicator. In this talk, Farah will share the impacts of COVID-19 on Canada’s next generation of scientists and professionals. Farah will draw on both the Chief Science Advisor’s Youth Council roundtable consultations as well as the Toronto Science Policy Network’s COVID-19 Graduate Student Survey. Justine Ammendolia is an environmental scientist, science communicator. Justine’s research has covered various aspects of plastic pollution in aquatic environments but took a turn to assess PPE pollution at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Justine will discuss the implications of widespread use and mismanagement of PPE, and share her findings from a collaborative study she conducted in Toronto to map mismanaged PPE and identify potential sources.

    4 PM EST | Tuesday 26 January 2021

    Join us for an engaging discussion with two members of the Chief Scientist’s Youth Council: Farah Qaiser and Justine Ammendolia.

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    Meeting ID: 824 6083 3862
    Passcode: 74518

    2-4 PM EST | Thursday 21 January 2021

    Description: This symposium urges us to consider what the role of science in society is and, by extension, how scientists should prioritize their time between research and societal engagement. This will be achieved by providing the cultural, historical and overall societal context of the meaning of science--including the roles of policy, advocacy, funding systems, and science communication--by expert scientists and non-scientists who work at the interface of science, government, the private sector and society at large. The symposium will include lectures and panel discussions as well as hands-on workshops to help kickstart activities that provide utility beyond the symposium itself.

    Facilitator, Addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on graduate students in Canada: Challenges and solutions

    2:30 - 3:30 PM EST, Thursday 4 February 2021

    58th Annual CAGS Conference

    Event Description:

    COVID-19 has impacted each of our lives differently. In particular, graduate students are faced with some unique challenges, as they are not only students, teachers, and researchers, but are also parents, essential workers, and/or public transit users. Across Canada, universities have rapidly pivoted during the pandemic, implementing new strategies, programs and initiatives to help support their graduate students. But were these measures sufficient, and what challenges do institutions face as they build and improve their programs?

    In this session, attendees will be split into four breakout rooms to discuss graduate student Health & Wellness, Research, Finance & Funding, and Professional Development. Each group will explore the COVID-19 related challenges faced by Canadian universities regarding graduate studies, and discuss how institutions have responded in the face of these emerging issues, in order to identify best practices. We will also be discussing the challenges institutions face in implementing new programs and how graduate deans, administrators, and institutions can sustain and build better support systems for graduate students.

    Jan-Feb 2021

    On behalf of the Toronto Science Policy Network, I am presenting findings from our COVID-19 Graduate Student Survey as a general e-poster at the 2021 AAAS meeting.