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2021 Virtual Conference

Program

Join us in Gather Hall!

This year a virtual Gather Hall will be open throughout the duration of the conference for attendees to drop in between sessions and after talks.  Registered participants will receive a link with their conference materials – just click, customize your digital avatar, and enter a digital world where you can reconnect with old friends and network with new acquaintances.  Be sure to visit our sponsor’s display booths, and don’t miss our student posters.

Conference hall attendees are expected to uphold a welcoming and professional environment. SWCC reserves the right to remove anyone from the Gather hall who is being disruptive.

Monday, June 7th - 12:30 pm - 4:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Session 1 - What is Resilience?

*Virtual conference room opens 5 minutes before each session. Listed schedule is in Eastern Time Zone, please check your local time.*

12:30 pm

Welcome from SWCC President, Terry Lavender 

12:40 pm

Welcome from SWCC Conference Chair, Rhonda Moore

12:45 pm

What is resilience?  

Speaker: Dr. Steven Lade, Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre 

Description: Join Dr. Steven Lade, Researcher, at the Stockholm Resilience Centre as he explores the various dimensions of the concept of resiliency. Resilience is a popular term these days, a buzzword some might say! Why are we exploring it? In our changing world, resilience can mean the ability to bounce back, to adapt, and to adjust. Dr. Lade’s talk will explore this concept of resilience and what it means in the context of our food systems, our brains, our families, our built and natural infrastructure. This talk will be followed by a moderated Q&A with the audience.

1:45 - 2:15 BREAK

Session 2 - A Nation of Communities

*Virtual conference room opens 5 minutes before each session. Listed schedule is in Eastern Time Zone, please check your local time.*

2:15 pm

Moderator:

Speakers:

Description: Join Dr. Navdeep Grewal, Dr. Sahada Alolo, and Kaitlyn Gonsalves as they discuss the importance of community conversations in today's ever changing landscape. They'll talk about community outreach, the impacts of COVID at the community level - especially for racialized Canada communities - and how communicators can better support these communities.

wednesday, June 9th - 12:30 pm - 4:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Session 1 - Making Data from Nothing

*Virtual conference room opens 5 minutes before each session. Listed schedule is in Eastern Time Zone, please check your local time.*

12:30 pm 

Presenters:  

Description:  Join Katie Pedersen and William Wolfe-Wylie to learn how CBC's Marketplace turned tens of thousands of PDFs into an investigative series on the state of Ontario's long term care homes

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm BREAK

Session 2 - Seeding Resilience in our Future Generations 

*Virtual conference room opens 10 minutes before each session. Listed schedule is in Eastern Time Zone, please check your local time.*

2:15 pm

Moderator: Rhonda Moore, SWCC 2021 Conference Chair

Panelists:

  • Dr. Emis Akbari, professor and program coordinator, School of Early Childhood, George Brown College
  • Dr. Mary Motz, Ph.D., C.Psych., Clinical Psychologist, Early Intervention Programs, MotherCraft/Breaking the Cycle
  • Dr. Heather Prime, Assistant Professor, York University

Description:  Humans are not born resilient. We build resilience through experiences with our families and our communities. How does this set us up to face life’s challenges? What happens when we don’t have environments that foster positive adaptation? In this panel Seeding resilience in our future generations, Dr. Prime and Dr. Motz will define resilience in families and children, explain how adults can foster it in children, and explore what resilience looks like in marginalized populations. Dr. Akbari will discuss how those needs are translated into public policies and how we are (or aren’t?) supporting our future generations through primary care and public programming. This panel will also discuss the real-time impact of the COVID19 pandemic. 

 

 

 

friday, June 11th - 12:30 pm - 3:45 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Session 1 - From Farm to Fork: Food Resiliency in Canada

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12:30 pm

Moderator:

Panel:  

  • Dana McCauley, CEO, Blue Unicorn Innovation
  • Mia Parker, Director of Environmental Performance and Certification, Mowi Canada West
  • Stuart Smythe, Associate Professor, Agriculture and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan
  • Jan Tranberg, President and CEO, Alberta Cattle Feeders Association

Description: Canadians benefit from one of the best food systems in the world.  From farm to fork innovation has always kept our food safe, abundant and affordable. But COVID put the system to the test. How did the supply chain from primary production to retail respond? What were wins, and were there some fails? What have been some of the lessons learned? Learn about the resilience factor from an agriculture and agri-food perspective in this discussion.

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm BREAK

Session 2A - 2021 SWCC Book Award Winner will be Announced! 

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2:15 pm

2021 book award recipient is announced!

Session 2B - All About Podcasting

2:30 pm

Moderator: Daniel Chai, Fear of Science Podcast

Panelists:

Description: Podcasts are enjoyed worldwide, but how can science communicators use them to share their unique experiences and perspectives? Join acclaimed podcasters Jeff Porter (The Fear of Science), Kaylee Byers (Nerdin' About) and Aniruddho Chokroborty-Hoque (Espresso Knowledge) for a discussion on how podcasts can be used for science education and to reach new audiences. Moderated by Daniel Chai (The Fear of Science).

monday, June 14th - 12:30 pm - 4:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Session 1 - Social Media with Personality: Ottawa Public Health on Creating Communications that Count

*Virtual conference room opens 5 minutes before each session. Listed schedule is in Eastern Time Zone, please check your local time.*

12:30 pm

Speakers: 

  • Amanda Higginson, Public Health Research Assistant, Ottawa Public Health 
  • Kevin Parent, AKA "BRUCE", Program and Project Management Officer, Ottawa Public Health

Description: What does it take to become the most-followed local public health Twitter account in North America? Join Kevin Parent and Amanda Higginson from the Ottawa Public Health team for a discussion on communicating during a pandemic, and creating a balance between informative and entertaining.

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm BREAK

Session 2 - Building a Stronger Future, Today

*Virtual conference room opens 5 minutes before each session. Listed schedule is in Eastern Time Zone, please check your local time.*

2:30 pm

Moderator: Nicole Imeson, Professional Technologist of Mechanical Engineering, Reinbold Engineering Group

Panelists:

Description: Canada's natural environment is constantly changing, which can lead to increasingly catastrophic weather events, including: really hot summers, really cold winters, floods, and power outages. To protect ourselves now and in the future, we must design and build our communities to withstand these events and shelter us from them. Doing so means going beyond the buildings themselves to look at how we design our communities and where we locate them. Join Nicole Imeson, as she talks to industry experts Andrew Rushworth, Brent Moore, Heather Elliot, and Jelena Savic-Brkic about current resilient design targets, how engineers build more resilient infrastructure, how we use our environment to protect us, and what changes we need to make to safeguard our future.

Tuesday, June 15th - 12:30 pm - 4:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Session 1 - Rethinking Resilience

*Virtual conference room opens 5 minutes before each session. Listed schedule is in Eastern Time Zone, please check your local time.*

12:30 pm

Co-Presenters:

  • Dr. Kim Hellemans , Professor, Chair of the Department of Neuroscience Carleton University
  • Dr. Ashley Thompson , Adjunct Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Carleton University 
Abstract: Contemporary views of stress and trauma suggest that stressful events have a negative impact on health and well-being. Indeed, the emergence of later life psychiatric disorders is often due in part or in whole to the experience of early life stress. However, emerging evidence suggests that exposure to stress may in fact promote resilience, and in some cases, post-traumatic growth. In the face of adversity, what determines whether we give up or step up? How are resilient brains created? What factors are implicated in building resilience? What traits do resilient people have in common? In this talk, Drs Kim Hellemans and Ashley Thompson will present the neurobiological mechanisms underlying stress and coping and explore the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to resilience. While several of these factors are out of our control, critically, much of resilience involves intentional skill-building. Given the highly plastic nature of the brain, these skills can be learned and strengthened throughout the lifespan. Participants will leave this talk empowered with the knowledge that resilience can be learned at any age, and that their own thoughts, attitudes, and actions can foster resilience and enhance well-being.

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm BREAK

Session 2 - SWCC Student Poster Competition  

2:15 pm

Join us for the first ever SWCC student poster competition. This competition is open to all postsecondary students in Canada studying science or science communication. Read the posters and meet Canada's next generation of scientists and science communicators.

*This event takes place in the SWCC Gathertown Virtual Conference hall.  

 

Wednesday, June 16th - 12:30 pm - 4:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Developing Dialogue Skills

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12:30 pm

  • Dr. Mark Winston, Professor and Senior Fellow, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University

Abstract: Explore dialogue as a useful tool to generate non-partisan and constructive communication around difficult science topics that impact the social, economic, environmental and cultural well being of our communities. Probe these and other aspects of dialogue in an active, experiential, interactive and skills-based format. Our goal is to develop concepts, structure and content that will encourage participants to conduct their own dialogues with science content that yield outcomes useful within government, business and community groups. This program is for you if you’re interested in developing dialogue-based workshops and conferences that take participants beyond the usual static meeting into novel and engaging formats where innovations flourish, or are interested in putting on civic consultations with multiple stakeholders that use dialogue to transform your public event into a productive, efficient, and consensus-building meeting.

Participation for this session is capped at 20 people. Advance registration is required.

thursday, june 17th - 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT (GMT-4)

Session 1 - The Art of the Slam

*Virtual conference room opens 5 minutes before each session. Listed schedule is in Eastern Time Zone, please check your local time.*

12:30

Presenters:

Abstract: Science Slam is a Canada-wide competition where science enthusiasts battle by sharing their science in a unique and engaging way!  Puppets, dance, rap, and poetry are only a few styles to communicate our science. In this session, participants will learn about the art of the Slam and will create the foundation for their own Science Slams.  Presenters will share useful tips and tricks for engaging your audience and help you find the spice that makes your Slam come to life! 

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm BREAK

Session 2 - Humans are not the only resilient species: antimicrobial resistance.

*Virtual conference room opens 5 minutes before each session. Listed schedule is in Eastern Time Zone, please check your local time.*

2:15

Moderator: Sarah Everts, CTV Chair in Digital Science Journalism, Carleton University

Panelists:

  • Dr. Lawrence Goodridge, Professor, Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety, University of Guelph  
  • Dr. Bob Hancock, Director, Centre for Microbial Diseases and Immunity Research (CMDR); Canada Research Chair in Health and Genomics, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Lynora Saxinger, Co-Chair of the Alberta Health Services Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee; Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta

Abstract: Since the discovery of penicillin in the 1920s, humans have been using antibiotics to treat a wide range of diseases caused by bacteria. After a century, we developed more and more antimicrobial drugs, but we also see the microscopic creatures fighting back: many species are becoming resistant to the substances we use to treat infections. For them, it is proof of resilience. For us, humans, a new challenge. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared antimicrobial resistance (AMR) "one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today". How can we prevent and control AMR? What is the science behind it, and how can recent research provide guidance to individuals, policy makers, health care professionals, and the agricultural sector? Let's hear what our panelists have to say about it.

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