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How to Talk about Science

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Strategic outreach is vital if you want to affect policy, bring media attention to your work or spark a lifelong interest in science in everyone you meet.

It’s also the only way you’ll be able to directly commu
nicate the results of your work for social benefit.

You’re invited to learn How To Talk About Science at a conference at the University of Victoria in May 2012. After two days of interactive sessions you’ll have the tools to fine-tune your outreach strategies using pointers from some of the top scientists and media working in science communications today.

May 25—27, 2012
University of Victoria | Victoria, BC, Canada                                                                                                                                

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Organizing Committee
Dale Anderson
Jane Gair
Bev Holmes
Melisa Yestrau

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Conference Tracks and Keynotes

  • K- 12: Bonnie Schmidt (President, "Let's Talk Science")
              "Bringing Life to Science: why talking about science matters and why kids care"
  • Media Communications: Bob McDonald (host ,CBC Quirks and Quarks)
              "Let me see if I've got this right"
  • General Public: E. Paul Zehr (author, Becoming Batman and Inventing Iron Man)
              "Two super
    heroes walk into a bar and order coffee - engaging the public in science" 


Petti Fong (Toronto Star Newspaper)
Kate Lunau (Assistant Editor, Maclean's)
Bruce Kilpatrick (UVic Communications)
Bruce MacKenzie (City Editor, Victoria Times Colonist)
Christie Nicholson (Contributing Editor, Scientific American)
Phil Saunders (Narrative Devices Communications)

General Public

Jennifer Gardy (BC Centre for Disease Control)
Sally Greenwood (Genome BC)
Ed Ishiguro (UVic Learning &Teaching Centre)
Lynne Quarmby (Simon Fraser University)
Robyn Sussel (Health & Science Communicator,
Larry Yore (UVic Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education)  

David Blades (UVic, Science Education & Curriculum Development)
Jude Isabella (Editor and Author)
Dianne Lattemann (VA Puget Sound Health Care System; University of Washington)
Melisa Yestrau (UVic, Actua, Science Venture)
Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko (Founder, Canadian Association for Girls in Science)
Billy McClune (Queen's University Belfast, Director of Education)

MacLaurin  Foyer Activities

Poster presentations will be on display in the main foyer throughout the conference.
Visit the interactive science booth hosted by UVic's Venture's Girls science club .  Learn tips and tricks for delivering effective and fun hands-on science demos.
Venture Girls is a weekly club open to girls in gr.3-6 to explore science, technology, engineering, and math.  Delivered by Science Venture and   funded by Actua (, girls are able      to explore STEM in supportive, creative, and safe environments 

 Media Coverage:

Martlet, 14 June 2012: More Bill Nyes Needed: UVic conference addresses issues of science and communications.

The Ring, April 2012: Conference addresses telling the story of your research

Martlet, 23 Feb 2012: Conference shows importance of scientists getting their message to the public

Talking About Science online?      

twitter logo    To discuss the conference — before, during and after — on Twitter, please use the hashtag #talksci.


Conference Sponsors

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Genome British Columbia
Alberta Innovates Health Solutions
Simon Fraser University- Faculty of Science
University of Victoria 

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