The McGill Office for Science and Society (OSS) is a unique venture dedicated to the promotion of critical thinking and the presentation of scientific information to the public, educators and students in an accurate and responsible fashion. The OSS answers queries from the public and the media on scientific matters with a view towards separating fact from fiction. OSS staffers offer a variety of educational and entertaining presentations on scientific topics, appear often on radio and television, produce books and newspaper columns, and oversee a number of courses designed to provide a scientific basis for the evaluation of controversial issues. The OSS also undertakes the investigation of potentially fraudulent products and therapies. This is done in both an informative and entertaining fashion.
The OSS is also responsible for the Trottier Public Science Symposium, an annual symposium on topics of public interest featuring talks by world-class experts. The symposium attracts a large audience and receives extensive media attention.
Drs. Joe Schwarcz, Ariel Fenster and David Harpp have been widely recognized both for their teaching skills and for their efforts at communicating science to the public and have collectively won over thirty local, national and international awards for their teaching and public outreach efforts. Dr. Adam Brown, of the Univeristy of Ottawa, is an Associate member.
The OSS is responsible for its public affairs and communications and also has a number of interns to assist with the writing and dissemination of material.