Cutting Edge

Most of the Cutting Edge Lectures in Science are available on iTunes U and on McGill podcasts.

WHERE: Auditorium of the Redpath Museum.

START: 6 pm

FREE, No reservations required. Everyone welcome. In English.

SUPPORT: Cutting Edge Lectures in Science for this season generously supported by: Dean Bruce Lennox (Faculty of Science); Dean Anja Geitmann (Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences & Vice-Principal, Macdonald Campus); Dean Eidelman and Associate Dean Research Shari Baum (Faculty of Medicine); Rose Goldstein (Vice-Principal Research and Innovation) and the student Crowdfunding Campaign.

Fall 2017

Sept. 14, 2017: Virginie Millien (Redpath Museum, McGill University): Emerging diseases and Quebec biodiversity




Oct. 12, 2017: Viacheslav I. Adamchuk, Ph.D., P.E. (Dept. Bioresource Engineering, McGill University)): Smart Technologies for Agriculture and Natural Resource Management



Nov. 9, 2017:   Vicky Kaspi (Dept. of Physics, McGill University): Short Radio bursts



Dec. 14, 2017:   Mark S. Boyce (Professor of Ecology Science, Biological Sciences, University of Alberta: Northern Canadian wildlife dynamics and climate change

Winter 2018



Jan. 11, 2018:  Lisa Marie Münter (Assistant Professor, Dept. Pharmacology & Therapeutics, McGill University): Healthy aged brains - current ideas to fight Alzheimer’s disease






Feb. 8, 2018: Doina Precup (Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, McGill University): Artificial Intelligence and the future



Mar. 8, 2018:  Tomislav Friščić (Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, McGill University): Green Chemistry 2.0


April 5, 2018:  Jacques Vanier (Professeur Émérites, Département de physique, University of Montreal) : Atomic clocks

​Archives 2017 and 2016

Jan. 12, 2017: What was before the Big Bang, and how might we tell? By Robert Brandenberger (Dept. of Physics, McGill).

Feb. 9, 2017: Canada can be the World’s economic superpower in the non-fossil fuel world and Green Chemistry can get us there. By Robin D. Rogers (Dept. of Chemistry, McGill).

Mar. 9, 2017: Forecasting the future, with toads. By David M. Green (Redpath Museum, McGill).

April 13, 2017: Playing well together: The science of temporal coordination among performing musicians. By Caroline Palmer (Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Performance, Dept. of Psychology, McGill).

Sept. 15, 2016: Spies and lies - Cold war science, the CIA, and the case against Ewen Cameron.  By Andrea Tone (Canada Research Chair in the Social History of Medicine; Faculty of Medicine, McGill)

Oct. 13, 2016: Chaotic Music and Fractal Art: A Glimpse into the Neurophysiology of Aesthetics.  By Leon Glass (Isadore Rosenfeld Chair in Cardiology and Professor of Physiology, Dept. Physiology, McGill). Watch it on YouTube.

Nov. 10, 2016:  Tiny animals, big stories: the natural history of insects and spiders in Canada’s fragile Arctic. By Chris Buddle (Associate Professor, Dept. of Natural Resource Sciences, Dean of Students, McGill)

Dec. 8, 2016: How Fiction Works - What computers have to tell us about the nature of storytelling. By Andrew Piper (Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar, Director, .txtLAB @ McGill Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures)