Public talks

Cutting Edge Lectures in Science

Cutting Edge Lectures in Science are introductions for the general public to the latest research in science. In English. 

WHERE: FREE online Zoom presentation. Everyone welcome. 

WHEN:  6:00 PM  EST

Brought to you with generous support from donations made to the Heroes in Science Dean's Fund.

Fall 2020

Sept. 24, 2020: Homecoming Cutting Edge Lecture by John Pomeroy (FRSC Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Geography & Planning, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, Director, University of Saskatchewan Centre for Hydrology). Dr. Pomeroy presenedt a lecture entitled: Freshwater Futures for Canada and the World.

You can view it on McGill's Youtube channel here.

Oct. 15, 2020: By Yajing Liu (Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill)

Slow and fast earthquakes - from plate boundary faults to hydraulic fractures

Earthquakes pose one of the greatest geological hazards for society, yet it remains challenging to understand the mechanisms that control their timing and magnitude. In this talk, I will discuss the spectrum of slow to fast fault deformation, through the integration of field observation and numerical simulation to understand the source processes of earthquakes of natural and anthropogenic origins.

In English. All ages welcome.  

You can view it on McGill's Youtube channel here.

Nov. 12, 2020: By Kyle Elliot (Canada Research Chair in Arctic Ecology, Natural Resource Sciences, McGill).

Interrogating free-ranging birds using cutting-edge techniques

Wild birds can act as barometers for ecosystem health, but decoding information provided by bird populations is challenging. We are using the world's smallest bird-borne marine cameras, accelerometers, GPS loggers and other gizmos to monitor the changing health of our planet. By following wild birds into remote deep sea and polar environments, we are learning about the birds themselves and the ecosystems they inhabit, and how both are responding to a changing environment.

In English. All ages welcome. 

You can view it on McGill's Youtube channel here.

Dec. 10, 2020: By Christopher Moraes (Canada Research Chair in Advanced Cellular Microenvironments, Dept. Chemical Engineering, McGill)

The Force Is Strong Within Us: developmentally-inspired microscale tissue engineering

How do we grow from a clump of cells into precisely-sculpted, functional tissues and organs? Mechanical forces must play a central role during development and disease, but the tools to measure, manipulate and recreate these physical factors have lagged far behind the explosive growth of molecular biology paradigms. This lecture will discuss how engineering and biology collide during research so we can ‘watch’ mechanics occur in biological systems; and then apply those insights towards healthcare challenges including designing drug screening platforms, manufacturing biotherapeutics and identifying high-risk patients.

In English. All ages welcome. 


The videotape of the Cutting Edge lecture from Jan. 17, 2019:  Towards a reciprocal environmental governance .

The videotape of the Cutting Edge lecture from Feb. 14,  2019: Earlier, easier, better.

The videotape of the Cutting Edge lecture from Oct. 11, 2018: Why we get old and die and what we can do about it .



Freaky Fridays

Freaky Friday is a lunch-time presentation during which McGill scientists and researchers examine the myths, realities and misconceptions surrounding science issues, concepts or phenomena.  In English.

WHERE: FREE online Zoom presentation. Everyone welcome. 

WHEN:  12:00 noon to 1:00 PM 

Fall 2020

Oct. 16, 2020: From Beer to the Bicentennial – how research and life mash up

By Gérald Cadet (Director of McGill Bicentennial Planning at McGill). 

Dr. Cadet's talk will focus on how his path from doing doctoral research on the globalization of the Mexican beer industry led to planning the university’s 200th anniversary. More specifically, he will highlight how research and the training received during his Ph.D. has helped him throughout his professional career.

In English. All ages welcome. 

You can view it on McGill's Youtube channel here.

Nov. 13, 2020: Surviving Africa -  My work with the McGill Africa Program

By David Green (Redpath Museum). Dr. Green has taught Herpetology at McGill University since joining the Faculty in 1986. He has also actively taught in the McGill Africa Program and will share his adventures with us. You can read about Dr. Green's research here.

In English. All ages welcome. 

You can view it on McGill's Youtube channel here.

Dec. 11, 2020: Debunking common tick myths

By Kirsten Crandall

Joint Ph.D. candidate in Dept. of Biology, McGill University

Kirsten's joint Ph.D. supervisors are Dr. Virginie Millien (McGill University) and Dr. Jeremy Kerr (University of Ottawa). Kirsten will focus her presentation on her research project with ticks and the spread of lyme disease. With more ticks and disease in Canada than ever before, there has been a huge increase in the amount of discussion on these topics. But what is fact or misinformation? In this talk, Kirsten will discuss some of the common tick myths that that she has heard from members of the public while conducting her research.

In English. All ages welcome.


Land Acknowledgement

McGill University is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

The Redpath Museum's director EDI statement.

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