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Research At Work 2: Science and the Public – Getting the Real Story Out There

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June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

Have you ever wondered how your research and experience can be put to work to encourage change? Are you curious about where you may fit into the science-policy interface?

The immense challenges we face in society can only be solved with the evidence provided by science. It is critical that science trainees and experts like you engage with the issues and get involved! While moving between the academic and policy worlds can seem daunting, our Research At Work series will introduce you to relevant topics and give you the tools to start on this exciting and worthwhile journey!

So, do you want to know more about how researchers can (and do) affect policy? Are you curious about a career in government or science advocacy? Are you passionate about educating the public about important topics in science?

The Toronto Science Policy Network (TSPN) invites you to join us for Research At Work, a workshop and networking series designed to teach you about the basics of science policy and connect you with experts engaged in this space in different ways. The series consists of three workshops and a networking event (all dates/times listed in EDT).

Summary and Expert Bios

The second workshop, Science and the Public, will cover how scientific knowledge, research and evidence is communicated with public audiences. We will discuss the various science communication avenues including science journalism, science outreach efforts, and social media. Workshop attendees will learn from the experience of two expert speakers who bring varying perspectives on work in the science communication space. The speakers for this workshop are Senator Dr. Stan Kutcher, Canadian Senator, psychiatrist and Professor, and Amanda Buckiewicz, science journalist at CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks. Finally, using case studies, attendees will be able to apply what they have learned and think through approaches to translating scientific evidence in meaningful ways to the public.

Senator Stan Kutcher

Senator Stan Kutcher is an internationally renowned psychiatrist in adolescent mental health. He is a leader in mental health research, education, advocacy, policy and services innovation. He previously worked at the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University where he was the Department Head of Psychiatry, the Associate Dean of International Health and the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health.

Senator Kutcher’s work has led the development of a national child and youth mental health framework for Canada (Evergreen). He has conducted award winning research into the neurobiology and treatments of mental disorders in youth and has developed and deployed innovative systems of mental health care. Recently his focus was on primary care mental health interventions and mental health literacy development. Ensuring best available evidence is used to advance mental health and enable rapid access to effective mental health care is essential to Senator Kutcher’s initiatives.

Amanda Buckiewicz

Amanda Buckiewicz is an award-winning science journalist who is currently a producer at CBC Radio’s iconic science show, Quirks & Quarks. After almost going to University to study medicine, she made a last-minute switch to go into Ryerson University’s journalism program instead. She started her career at Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, where she travelled the world producing stories on a variety of topics, like the world’s hottest wind tunnel, Hurricane Katrina’s recovery projects, and a research program studying coma patients for locked-in syndrome. Since leaving Discovery she has produced several documentary series, including Great Lakes Wild for BBC Earth, which looked at how the Great Lakes were being harmed by humans and the efforts to undo the damage. Now at Quirks & Quarks she focuses her work on stories that highlight just how awesome our planet can be, and shining the light on difficult topics like the effects of racism and colonialism on the world of science.


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