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Here are links to public lectures available for viewing on demand as webcasts. Some are also available as downloadable podcasts. Please follow the links for more information about each webcast.

 


Trottier mini-poster 2013

Food: A Serving of Science
The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series
Three presentations available:

  1. Roundtable discussion;
  2. Eugenie Scott: “Ban, Balance, and Belittle: Teaching Evolution and Anthropogenic Climate Change”; and
    Michael Specter: “Denialism: Running from Reality”
  3. Tim Caulfield: “The Truth About What Makes Us Healthy”; and
    John Ioannidis: “Improvements in Reproducible Research”

October 28-29, 2013

 


John Smol

Advice to Young Scientists on Thriving in a Complex World
Dr. John Smol, O.C., B.Sc. '77.
Undergraduate Research Conference keynote address.
Thursday, October 10, 2013

 


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Mini-Science 2013: Science, Sex, and Gender.
Lecture series; 4 lectures available as webcasts
March 14 - April 11, 2013

 


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Soup and Science
Research at the frontiers of knowledge, explained in 3-minute presentations
January 14-18, 2013

 


 Trottier Symposium 2012

Food: A Serving of Science
The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series
Three presentations available:

  1. Roundtable discussion;
  2. Jeffrey Blumberg, "Evidence-based Nutrition: The Problem of Proof", and
    Walter Willett, “Diet and Health: A Progress Report”;
  3. Jane Brody, "Eat for Life: Separating Wheat from Chaff", and
    Harold McGee, "Playing With Food: Four Centuries of Science in the Kitchen"

November 12-13, 2012

 


Carrie Derick

Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine Symposium (WISEMS) 2012
This public Symposium on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine (WISEMS) marks the centenary of McGill's geneticist Carrie Derick (1862-1941) being appointed as Canada's first woman university professor.
October 12-13, 2012

 


Dr. Suzanne Fortier. Photo credit NSERC.

Exploring the Borderless World of Science and Innovation
Dr. Suzanne Fortier, B.Sc. '72, Ph.D. '76, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
Undergraduate Research Conference keynote address.
Thursday, October 4, 2012

 


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Mini-Science 2012: OUCH! - The science of pain from onset to relief.
Lecture series; 5 lectures available as webcasts
March 28 - May 9, 2012

 


AstroMcGill podcasts
Recorded podcasts with astrophysicists visiting the Physics Department at McGill. These are aimed at informing the general public about astronomy and astrophysics research, without technical jargon.
March 27, 2012 — present.

 


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Soup and Science
Research at the frontiers of knowledge, explained in 3-minute presentations
January 16-20, 2012

 


Mini Poster - Trottier Symposium 2011

Alternative Medicine Under the Microscope
The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series
Two presentations available: (1) Physicians Paul Offit and Harriet Hall, and physicist Robert Park tackle a variety of thorny issues in the area of “alternative medicine”; (2) Dr. Edzard Ernst initially trained at a homeopathic hospital in Germany, but is now a vocal critic of homeopathy and other forms of alternative medicine that he considers not to be evidence-based.
November 7-8, 2011

 


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Mini-Science 2011: Pseudoscience: Better living through chemistry?
Lecture series; 7 lectures available as webcasts
March 16 - April 27, 2011

 


Mini-Poster - Trottier Symposium 2010

Confronting Pseudoscience: A Call to Action
The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series
Three presentations available: Roundtable discussion; Drs. Ben Goldacre, David Gorski and Michael Shermer on the threat of Pseudoscience; and James Randi on investigating pseudoscientific and paranormal claims.
October 15-19, 2010

 


Jack Szostak

From undergraduate research at McGill to the Nobel Prize and beyond
Dr. Jack Szostak (B.Sc. '72, Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 2009)
Undergraduate Research Conference keynote address
Friday, October 15, 2010.

 


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Soup and Science
Research at the frontiers of knowledge, explained in 3-minute presentations
September 13-17, 2010

 


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Mini-Science 2010: Pseudoscience: From Quirks to Quacks
Lecture series; 5 lectures available as webcasts
April 7 - May 19, 2010

 


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Soup and Science
Research at the frontiers of knowledge, explained in 3-minute presentations
January 11-15, 2010

 


 Geo-engineering or mitigation?

Avoiding dangerous climate change: Geo-engineering or mitigation?
The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series
Available: English-language webcast (original version), French-language webcast (simultaneous translation / version française de la webdiffusion, traduction simultanée).
Thursday, November 19, 2009

 


 Geo-engineering or mitigation?

Geo-engineering or mitigation? - Roundtable Discussion
The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series
Friday, November 20, 2009

 


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Soup and Science
Research at the frontiers of knowledge, explained in 3-minute presentations
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

 


Cutting Edge Lectures in Science
Initiated with the express purpose of fostering communication between scientists in different disciplines as well as between scientists and the public, Cutting Edge Lectures feature distinguished scientists from McGill and around the world.
Many lectures available, from April 21, 2009, to the present

 


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Mini-Science 2009: To Infinity and Beyond: Space, Stars & the Universe
Lecture series; 7 lectures available as webcasts
April 1 - May 13, 2009

 


McGill Symposium on Islam and Evolution
Presented by the McGill Evolution Education Research Centre
March 30 & 31, 2009

 


What Darwin Didn't Know
Held at the Redpath Museum in honour of Charles Darwin's bicentennary. Moderated by the Museum’s Director, David Green, this event features presentations by Redpath Museum evolutionary biologists Graham Bell, Hans Larsson, Robert Carroll, and Virginie Millien.
Thursday, February 19, 2009

 


 What Is the Origin of Ethics?

Apes or Angels: What is the Origin of Ethics?
The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series
Available: English-language webcast (original version), French-language webcast (simultaneous translation / version française de la webdiffusion, traduction simultanée).
Thursday, November 6, 2008

 


 What Is the Origin of Ethics?

Origin of Ethics - Roundtable Discussion
The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

 


 Steven Pinker, Keynote speaker for 2008 URC

The stuff of thought: Language as a window into human nature
Dr. Steven Pinker
Undergraduate Research Conference keynote address
Friday, October 17, 2008

 


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Mini Science 2008: Ecology, Evolution, and Extinction
Lecture series; 7 lectures available as webcasts
March 26 - May 7, 2008

 


 Special lecture by Dr. Jonathan Foley,

Living on a Shrinking Planet: Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Future
Dr. Jonathan Foley
Undergraduate Research Conference keynote address
Friday, October 19, 2007

 


 What was the spark of life?

Origin of Life: What was the Spark of Life?
The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series
Thursday, October 4, 2007

 


 What was the spark of life?

Future Directions of Research into the Origins of Life - A Roundtable Discussion
The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series
Wednesday, October 3, 2007

 


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Mini Science 2007: The Brain
Lecture series; 4 lectures available as webcasts
April 11 - May 23, 2008

 


 Special lecture by Dr. Rudolph Marcus,

How do theories in science arise and how important are they for the stimulation of new experiments? A tribute to McGill
Dr. Rudolph A. Marcus, 1992 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Undergraduate Research Conference keynote address
Friday, October 20, 2006

 


A Cosmic Coincidence: Why is the Universe Just Right for Life?
The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series
Thursday, January 25, 2007

 


Online Physical Society Colloquia Presentations
Over 50 presentations: many as webcasts (video), some slides-only
Includes presentations by 4 Nobel laureates
January 6, 2006 - present