It's not You, It's the SCItuation

There exists a divide between the world of science and the public sphere. An abundance of research is conducted within our niche scientific communities, and oftentimes, this is where the generated knowledge remains; the trickling down of new insights is, at best, stunted. At It’s Not You It’s the Scituation, we discussed key ways in which this gap can be bridged. We explored how public science engagement and new methods of science communication can foster empowerment of citizens, multidisciplinary collaborations, and generally draw more awareness to the important role of science and scientists in our society.

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Panel 1: Public Engagement in Science

Dan Weaver

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Connie Putterman

Advocate & MSc Candidate, University of Toronto

Doina Oncel

Founder & CEO, hEr VOLUTION

Mehrdad Hariri

Founder & CEO, Canadian Science Policy Centre

Public engagement in the scientific process is becoming increasingly popular, and in some instances a requirement in the discovery process. This panel explored the role of science and scientists in our society. Specifically, we discussed the state of public science literacy in Canada, and why scientists should be invested in the public's appreciation of scientific discovery.

Panel 2: New Methods of Science Communication

Vicky Forster

Postdoc & Science Communicator, SickKids Hospital

Kevin Millar

Senior VP, Creative & Medical Science, INVIVO Communications

Elah Feder

Co-Host & Producer, Undiscovered Podcast

Helen Kontozopoulos

Co-Founder & Co-Director, Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab

The use of new media in communicating and conveying scientific innovation and discovery to the (lay) public and within the scientific community has gained prominence. With a particular focus on social media, podcasts, graphic design, and innovative technologies, the goal of this panel was to provide attendees with insights into why these forms of science communication are important, but also practical examples of what has worked, what has not, and importantly, what the future will look like.

Event Team

Alexandra Mogadam (Co-Chair), Jabir Mohamed (Co-Chair), Ekaterina An, Melissa Galati, Eryn Tong, and Anton Rogachov

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