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The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium

Dr. Ben Goldacre

Dr. Ben Goldacre tackles Pseudoscience head-on at the 2010 Symposium (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of the Office for Science & Society

Dr. Joe Schwarcz introduces the annual Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Dr. Edzard Ernst

Dr. Edzard Ernst takes a look at Homeopathy at the 2011 Alternative Medicine Symposium (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Dr. Harriet Hall

Also known as The SkepDoc, Dr. Harriet Hall presents at the 2011 Alternative Medicine Symposium (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Over 700 people in attendance at the 2010 Pseudoscience Symposium (photo credit: Owen Egan)

The Amazing Randi

Randi gives a sold-out show to both McGill students and the public at the 2010 Pseudoscience Symposium (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Dr. David Gorski

Dr. David Gorski, 2010 Pseudoscience panelist (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Dr. Paul Offit

Dr. Paul Offit, 2011 Alternative Medicine panelist (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Dr. Bob Park

Dr. Bob Park, 2011 Alternative Medicine Symposium (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Marc Weinstein, VP, Development & Alumni Relations

Marc Weinstein announces the $5.5M grant given to the OSS by Dr. Lorne Trottier (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Dr. Michael Shermer, Director of Skeptic Magazine

Dr. Michael Shermer, 2010 Pseudoscience panelist (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Jane Brody, Personal Health Columnist, The NY Times

Jane Brody tells us what to eat and what not to eat by separating the sense from the nonsense (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Harold McGee

Harold McGee, the true expert on the science of food and cooking (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Dr. Walter Willett, Chair, Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Walter Willett presents “Diet and Health: A Progress Report” (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg

Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg discusses "Evidence-based Nutrition: The Problem of Proof" (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Dr. Lorne Trottier

Dr. Lorne Trottier, founder of the Trottier Public Science Symposium (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Dean Martin Grant

Dean of Science, Martin Grant, salutes the evening (photo credit: Owen Egan)

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education.

Is That a Fact?

Round Table

Q&A Period during 2013 Trottier Symposium

2013 Trottier Symposium

John P.A. Ioannidis, M.D & Timothy Caulfield, LL.B., LL.M.

2013 Trottier Symposium Members

Timothy Caulfield, LL.B., LL.M.

Dr. Joe Schwarcz

Is That a Fact? 2013 Symposium

Suzanne Fortier

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University

John Ioannidis, Director of the Stanford Research Prevention Center

Michael Specter, Staff Writer, The New Yorker.


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: