Below you can find a (tentative) outline of the many ComSciConCAN panels, workshops and activities. A full Program will be released soon!


To kick off #CSC21, we will be joined by Dr. Latif Nasser, co-host of the award-winning WNYC Studios show Radiolab, the podcast miniseries The Other Latif,  and the host and executive producer of the Netflix science documentary series, Connected.  This will be an informal chat on all topics SciComm, and will include a Q&A session with participants.


Panel Discussions:

ComSciConCAN will feature two exciting panel discussions revolving around different aspects of science communication. Each panel will have three/four experts who will introduce themselves, give you some background on who they are and what they do, and will answer some preset questions developed by ComSciConCAN organizers. The floor will then be opened up for an interactive discussion where participants will be able to ask panelists their own questions. Descriptions of the two panels are below.

Communicating with Diverse Audiences:

Science communication is no longer just the health column in the local newspaper. For the modern science communicator there is no limit to the breadth or number of people that can be engaged due to the rise of social media. This panel will bring together scientists who work in areas from academia to public health where they will share their knowledge on effectively communicating science with diverse audiences such as youth and indigenous peoples. They will also explore the challenges of communicating science in the era of oversaturated misinformation.

Speakers: Dr. Torah Kachur, Dina Al-khooly, Dr. Kori Czuy and Dr. Krishana Sankar

Science Policy:

As scientists, many of us find ourselves in a position where we must be able to communicate key research findings to those responsible for making political and policy decisions. In addition, we may even want to leverage primary research to take on advocacy roles, help shape how different levels of government view and utilize scientific research, and foster relationships with different stakeholders in the public. This panel will bring together experts with experience in science policy, those who use science to influence policy choices, as well as those who engage in activism and advocacy work around key issues. Join us to learn about the bidirectional path between science and policy, and how you as graduate students can get involved in the science policy sphere within Canada.

Speakers: Anh-Khoi Trinh, Rachael Maxwell (other panelists to be confimed)



To reinforce concepts discussed in panels, we are working to plan several hands on workshops that will involved a deeper exploration of topics discussed. These workshops will be run by experienced science communication experts. 

1) Data Visualization (Bill Shander):


Learn the art and science, the theory and practical hands-on tactics of creating compelling communications experiences based on surveys, scientific research, public or proprietary data sources. Join Bill Shander, LinkedIn Learning’s data visualization expert, and top-rated workshop presenter, as he shares tangible real-world insights to make every data presentation you create better, as well as long-term best practices and big picture thinking that will forever change your approach to this work.Learn:

  • Strategies for creating memorable and effective data visualizations, data stories and infographics for your organization
  • How to think about data and the visual communication of data
  • Picking the right chart for your data
  • Storytelling with data
  • About information hierarchy and data visualization best practices


2) Digital Storytelling (Mike Lang):

A Good Story, Well Told: Exploring Digital Storytelling as a Tool to Craft Meaning and Cultivate Understanding in STEM
 Digital storytelling (DST) is a participatory visual media creation methodology that guides participants in the creation of short films that use images, video, a voiceover, and music to tell an important story. Recently, researchers have begun to use DST in various settings as a tool for knowledge translation, education, and advocacy. Based on the findings of a CIHR funded PhD thesis project, this interactive session will briefly explore the theoretical foundations, ethical principles, and creative process of DST as well as provide examples from a diverse cross-section of DST projects. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of both the DST process and product so that they can begin to consider how to incorporate DST into their own research communications plan.


Create-A-Thon and expert review

E-poster session

Peer Networking

Science Trivia Night