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: Redpath Museum Auditorium. FREE, everyone welcome. No reservation necessary.

WHEN:  6:00 PM  

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 is the winner of the 2020 Miroslaw Romanowski Medal from the Royal Society of Canada.  This medal is awarded for contributions towards the resolution of scientific aspects of environmental problems or for important improvements to the quality of an ecosystem in all aspects - terrestrial, atmospheric and aqueous - brought about by scientific means. Dr. Pomeroy will present a lecture entitled: 

Freshwater Futures for Canada and the World

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.

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.

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.


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: Redpath Museum Auditorium. FREE, everyone welcome. No reservation necessary.

WHEN:  12:00 noon to 1:00 PM 

Brought to you with generous support from the Redpath Museum Public Program Fund.

Fall 2020

Sept. 25:  Homecoming Bicentenary Freaky Friday

200 years of Science and Pseudoscience- What does the future hold?

By Joe Schwarz (Director, Office of Science and Society, McGill University)

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

By Gerald Cadet (Director, McGill Bicentennial)

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

By David Green (Redpath Museum)

Dec. 11: Working with ticks and infectious diseases in Canada 

By Kirsten Crandall  (Joint PhD candidate, Dr. Virginie Millien, McGill University and Dr. Jeremy Kerr, University of Ottawa)


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