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2023 conference program

The 2023 SWCC Annual Conference takes place from 4-6 June, in Ottawa, at the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology. The conference is followed by two days of tours of cool, local science. Register today!

Agenda for Sunday, 4 June

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Join us for the opening reception of the 2023 SWCC Annual Conference at the Albion Rooms, located in the Novotel Hotel, 33 Nicholas Street.

Agenda for Monday, 5 June

 Event Hall
 8:00 - 8:45
Registration (Museum's Main Lobby)   
 8:45 - 9:00
 Welcoming Remarks  
 9:00 - 10:00
Making it Clear, Simple, and Relevant: What the IPPC Report Shows Us About Climate Communication Challenges

Speaker: Anton Holland, President and CEO and Director of Risk and Science Communication, NIVA

 10:00 - 10:30
 Break Break
 10:30 - 12:00

Remaining Relevant for a National Audience  

Speaker: Emily Chung, Senior Reporter with the Science, Climate and Environment Unit, CBC

Moderator: Jay Whetter, Canadian farm journalist, Editor of Canola Digest, and SWCC Treasurer

Let's Hash(tag) it Out Together: A Workshop to (re)Discover how Social Media can put the Fun Back in Science 

Speaker: Sumeep Bath, Editorial and Communications Manager, IISD Experimental Lakes Area

 12:00 - 1:00
 Lunch Lunch
 1:00 - 2:30
Meaning Making Through Methods of Communications: Storytelling, Animation, and Humour


The Role of Science Communication to Advance Democracy


2:30 - 3:00
 Break  Break
3:00 - 4:30
How to Help Researchers Give a Talk Anyone Can Understand


  • Amelia Buchanan, Senior Communications Specialist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Chanèle Cyr-Depauw, MSc, PhD, Laboratory Manager, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Dr. Tim Ramsay, Senior Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Associate Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa 

Blending Numbers, Stories, and Art: A Case Study in Supporting Canada’s Immigrant Women in STEM

Speaker: Samantha Fowler, Knowledge Mobilization and Communications Coordinator, TechGirls 

 Evening :
 Dine Around Ottawa  

Agenda for Tuesday, 6 June

   Auditorium Event Hall

 8:00 - 8:30
Registration (Museum's Main Lobby)

 8:30 - 10:00
Pitch the Dragon's Den


Let's Talk About Death

Speaker: Jane Caulfield, PhD Student, University of Colorado, College of Communication, Media and Information); Owner and Principal Writer, Tin Box Digital Content

 10:00 - 10:30

 10:30 - 12:00

Diversity and Inclusion in Science Communications: a panel and experiment


How to Start Your own SciComm Business


 12:00 - 1:00
 Lunch (in the Event Hall only)

 1:00 - 1:30

Missed Opportunities and Untold Stories


 Student Poster Competition

1:30 - 2:30
Museum Crawl
Student Poster Competition

 2:30 - 3:00
 Break  Break

3:00 - 3:15

Student Poster Competition Results Announced

3:15 - 4:15


Indigenous Knowledge, Science and Sustainability

Speaker: Simon Brascoupé, is an Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg artist living in Algonquin territory (Ottawa) who has affiliations with the Museum of History, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa

4:15 - 4:30

Wrap up

Science Tours - 7 & 8 June

In SWCC tradition, the Conference Committee are planning 2 days of tours of cool local science. Participation is optional and tour costs are not included in conference registration.

June 7: Museum Collections & Nature

Canada boasts an impressive network of national museums, and only a fraction of those collections are on display at any one time. This tour takes us behind the scenes and into the Ingenium Centre, located beside the Canadian Science and Technology Museum. This state-of-the-art facility is designed to protect and showcase Canada's national science and technology collection and then to the collection for the Museum of Nature. The tour wraps up with a guided walk through the National Capital Commission's Gatineau Park.

Participants of this tour must wear close-toed shoes and will be walking on uneven ground. This tour is unsuitable for anyone who requires a walking aid.

June 8: Government science is cool! This tour includes: Agriculture and AgriFood Canada Central Experimental Farm R&D Centre; the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum; and the Communications Research Centre

Participants must present a valid, government issued photo ID to gain entry to some parts of the tour.


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