Greetings SETACers, this is a friendly notice to mark your calendars for the Laurentian & Prairie Northern SETAC Annual General Meeting and Conference the week of June 14-18, 2021 and the corresponding Short Course on June 17th, 2021. Both events will be VIRTUAL. The Laurentian & Prairie Northern SETAC AGM is a great opportunity to present new research, and network with colleagues working in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry fields throughout Canada. This year’s thrilling short course is hosted by Dr. Brittney G. Borowiec will offer the opportunity to dive into science communication.
Chris McLaughlin, Bay Area Restoration Council
Chris McLaughlin has worked in the environmental sector since 1990 as an educator, author, researcher, consultant and chief executive. Chris is currently the executive director of the Bay Area Restoration Council, a non-profit corporation representing the public interest in the recovery of Hamilton Harbour. Chris holds a PhD from McMaster University for a study of Great Lakes policy and governance and an adjunct faculty appointment in its School of Geography & Earth Sciences, and also serves on the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board and the Canadian Environmental Law Association’s Healthy Great Lakes Advisory Committee.
Dr. Gail Krantzberg, McMaster University
AGM Short Course
This year’s short course will be a 3-hour virtual workshop (“Science Communication for SETAC”), followed by a 1-h optional, unstructured “Scicomm Clinic.”
The workshop will cover fundamental science communication skills, including how to define your audience, storytelling, and how to effectively communicate complex ideas. Participants will also learn how to avoid some common pitfalls of scientists engaging in science communication, including jargon and explainer-type pieces, and how to get started as a science writer or communicator. Other aspects of science communication of interest to specific participants may also be discussed, time permitting.
The “SciComm Clinic” will provide a less formal space for participants to ask more in-depth questions and get advice about their specific science communication endeavors, similar to an “office hour” or consultation. Participants are encouraged to bring any science communication materials they have – ideas, research posters, drafts, etc. – to the clinic to facilitate discussion.
Dr. Brittney G. Borowiec, PhD
Dr. Borowiec is a postdoctoral fellow at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studies how lampricides affect the mitochondria of sea lamprey. Since 2019, she has also served as an Editor at Massive Science, a popular media and content company that trains scientists how to write for non-expert audiences. Since 2015, she has also worked as a freelance science writer. Her bylines include Nature, the Canadian Science Publishing Blog, The Conservation, Massive Science, the Journal of Experimental Biology’s Outside JEB section, the PBS Eons series on YouTube, and elsewhere. Her work has won several awards, including the CSZ Public Awareness Award and Best Shortform Science Writing Awards, and been syndicated in outlets such as McMaster Daily News, Pacific Standard Magazine, Salon, and The National Post, and Science Friday.
Student Award Opportunities
The Laurentian and Prairie Northern SETAC AGM is a friendly venue for students to present and prepare for the larger conferences later in the year. We will be presenting student awards for best presentations at the undergraduate, MSc and PhD levels.
We are also excited to bring you a Twitter Poster Competition where students can share their research with the wider scientific community. To be in contention for awards associated with this competition, please indicate your submission to the competition (via the registration form), and you need to be a registered student member. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks and get ready to polish those science communication skills!
Best Presentation Awards: Available to Student Members of the respective chapters in good standing. Confirm during registration process that you want to be considered.
Student Conference Awards: As travelling to conferences our beyond our control for 2021, we will be supporting as many students as we can by awarding Student Conference Awards. Confirm during registration process that you want to be considered. Deadline May 21, 2021
June 17, 2021
AGM Virtual Social Event: We will be hosting an interactive virtual social event on the evening of June 17th during the AGM. Presenters and conference participants are invited to join. Details will be provided closer to the date.
June 18, 2021
Research Discussion Sessions: Presenters and conference participants will be able to partake in facilitated discussions on topics related to chemistry, laboratory and field experimental eco-toxicology and policy (1hr).
Post-AGM Social & Awards Ceremony