In this series, we invite experts to help build skills that scientists need to engage in the science-policy interface. Here are all the workshops we have held to date.
Science Advocacy 101
Our first workshop featured Dr. Katie Gibbs, the Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy (E4D). This workshop was possible thanks to our sponsors: the UofT Student Initiative Fund, UofT ChemClub, and the Chemical Institute of Canada — Toronto Section.
Science & Public Policy 101
Although, our invited workshop speaker Dr. Nicole Klenk (Professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto) was unable to attend on the day, her PhD student, Brian Pentz, stepped in and led this workshop. This workshop was possible thanks to our sponsors: the UofT Student Initiative Fund, the University of Toronto’s Chemistry Department, and the Chemical Institute of Canada — Toronto Section.
Policy Writing 101
This workshop was led by Hema Vyas, a professional Policy Advisor. This event was made possible through funding from the ChemClub, and CICToronto.
Science Communication 101
With the generous support of the UTM Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean, we invited Sasha Weiditch (UTM PhD candidate; science communicator) to lead a workshop on how to make science accessible to a broad audience.
Media Relations 101
We hosted two Faculty of Medicine communications professionals: Liam Mitchell (Associate Director of Communications) and Gabrielle (Gabe) Giroday (Communications and Media Relations Specialist).
Evidence To Policy 101
In this workshop, we hosted Dr. Chelsea Rochman — an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Ecology & Evolutionary Biology department. This workshop was possible thanks to funding support from the You’re Next Career Network and the University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Association.