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The Science Innovation Hub is excited to announce our interdisciplinary workshop series for Spring 2020!

Each month we will be hosting 3 workshops from a different category. Click the icon below to check out what the categories are and what we will be covering each month! All workshops will be hosted over WebEx.

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Q&A with the SIH Advisory Hub

Have an idea floating around that you have questions about? We've moved our once-a-month Q&A sessions to a more open format: feel free to connect with our Advisory Hub at any time via email! You can find out more about our panel of expert advisors below:

Skills Development with the Science Coordinator

Looking to up your science game? Every month will feature a topic to help you further the critical scientific soft skills that will set you apart in graduate school and beyond. Make sure to RSVP to recieve the WebEx meeting.

May 13, 2020 @ 3 PM EST: Science and the Media

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Key Concepts:

  • Effect of communications strategies on understanding science
  • Identifying and dissecting reporting bias and appropriate expert representation
  • Things to keep in mind as scientists who will need to engage with media and public-facing communications teams to ensure your information is conveyed properly

June 10, 2020 @ 3 PM EST: Understanding a Paper

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Key Concepts:

  • Role of figure formatting and story order in ease of understanding data
  • Determining validity of conclusions based on presented data
  • Accessibility and validity of papers (peer review versus open-source)

July 29, 2020 @ 3 PM EST: Figure Making 101

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Key Concepts:

  • A brief tutorial on how to use Adobe Illustrator for general figure making
  • Understanding journal’s guidelines on figure formatting
  • Importance of data organization in figure creation

August 12, 2020 @ 3 PM EST: Scientific Project Planning

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Key Concepts:

  • Time management when working with several changing variables
  • Managing data acquisition and documentation
  • Determining scope and feasibility of deliverables with relation to data rigour

Science Innovation Hub Presents

The Science Innovation Hub is very excited to host a group of esteemed scientists to share their diverse experiences and expertise! Each month a guest speaker will provide a talk on one of their areas of expertise. Topics will cover scientific entrepreneurship, science around the world, effective communication, and publishing your work! 

Dr. Joseph Bondy-Denomy

Scientific Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Dr. Joseph Bondy Denomy

May 28, 2020 @ 2 PM EST

We’re excited to have the Faculty of Science 2019 Young Alumni Award recipient Dr. Joseph Bondy-Denomy sit down to chat with us about his journey as a scientist at the very forefront of a red hot field and how he’s managed to balance a bustling lab with entrepreneurship.


Science Around the World: Dr. Senjuti Saha

June 26, 2020 @ 10 AM EST

Fantastic scientific work happens all across the globe, but it is not always accessible for those who wish to conduct it. We’re honoured to have Dr. Senjuti Saha speak with us about how she’s been moving the efforts to address vaccine-preventable diseases in Bangladesh forward and the importance of understanding and acknowledging intersectionality and inequity in science and beyond.

Dr. Senjuti Saha


Dr. Betty Zou

Effective Scientific Communication: Dr. Betty Zou

July 15, 2020 @ 10 AM EST

Doing research is one thing, communicating your results effectively is another. We’re grateful to have Dr. Betty Zou take the time to chat with us about the importance of effective public-facing scientific communications and some essential tips on how we can all achieve that.


Publishing Your Discoveries: Dr. April Pawluk

August 26, 2020 @ 2 PM EST

Getting published is a milestone most scientists work towards, but the path isn’t always easy. We’re excited to have the Faculty of Science 2018 Young Alumni Award Dr. April Pawluk speak to us about the ins and outs of the publication process and what it takes to have an effective, impactful manuscript.

Dr. April Pawluk