The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium is one of McGill University’s premier annual events. The Symposium features talks by world-class experts on topics of current public interest and attracts a large audience as well as extensive media attention. Past Symposia have focused on “pseudoscience” and “alternative medicine” with renowned speakers such as pseudoscience and paranormal claims investigator James Randi and vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit. The 2012 Trottier Symposium, Food: A Serving of Science, looked at what to eat, what not to eat and what should be done to better the food on our shelves. With invited speakers Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard University, Dr. Jeff Blumberg of Tufts University, Jane Brody of The New York Times and best-selling author on food and cooking, Harold McGee, the two-day event attracted over 1,400 people.
Past symposia include: