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What is Outreach?

Science Outreach at McGill disseminates our scientific expertise to a wider community through programmes and activities such as talks, lab visits, family workshops, in-school presentations, and documentary films. Science Outreach at McGill:

  • connects the public to the fun and excitement of science at a leading research university.
  • shares our research and lets us discuss scientific issues with you.
  • cultivates an interest and appreciation of science in potential McGill students young and old.
  • shows how the research-intensive university contributes to society.
  • makes science education accessible and interactive for students, teachers, and the community.

Outreach is a Faculty of Science priority. In partnership with the Redpath Museum, the Faculty of Science has appointed Ingrid Birker to serve as Science Outreach Coordinator. She has developed new initiatives to expand our many public events and activities.

For more information, please explore the links on this page or contact:

science [dot] outreach [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ingrid Birker)
Science Outreach Coordinator
Tel.: 514-398-4094

Freaky Fridays

McGill scientists confront popular scientific myths and misconceptions. Each lecture allows for audience interaction and is followed by a popular science fiction film.

Hands-on science: Outreach for schools

A suite of interactive science outreach handling sessions for elementary schools: Minerals, Fossils, Dinosaurs, Shells and Bones. Delivered by trained educators from the Redpath Museum Student Club.

Visit the Redpath Museum via videoconference

The Redpath Museum now offers videoconferences to school groups of any grade or age level. Visit the Museum without having to take a field trip!

Hot Science - Cool Talks

Outreach talks: McGill scientists share their research and discuss scientific issues with the wider community (McGill alumni, the general public, or high school and college students). This program highlights McGill scientific expertise and communicates the excitement and fascination of science.

STARS: Inreach to McGill Science staff

Science Talks About Research for Staff: the STARS series for Science staff takes outreach inside.

Sunday science documentaries

Everyone is welcome. Admission is free with a donation to the museum.

Office for Science and Society (OSS)

The OSS disseminates up-to-date information in the areas of food, medication, cosmetics, and health - specifically directed towards the public, educators, and students. Their multi-faceted approach makes use of radio, television, the press, private consultations, public lectures, the classroom, and the internet.

Other programmes

Let's Talk Science, the Redpath Museum, Astrophysics and Cosmology Outreach, and activities of Faculty of Science departments, schools, and academic units.