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  


The videotape of the Cutting Edge lecture from Jan. 17:  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 .


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

Jan. 17:  Towards a reciprocal environmental governance 

By Nicolas Kosoy (Associate Professor, Dept. Natural Resource Sciences, Macdonald Campus, McGill). With generous support from Dept. Natural Resource Sciences, Macdonald Campus. 

Feb. 14: Earlier, easier, better: How youth mental healthcare is being transformed in Canada and India

 By Srividya N. Iyer (Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Associate Member, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University;Researcher, Douglas Hospital Research Centre;Scientific-Clinical Director, ACCESS Open Minds (pan-Canadian youth mental health network)

With generous support from McGill Faculty of Medicine. 

March 14: Negotiations over Groundwater Contamination.

By Keith W. Hipel (Professor, Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo). As a Former President of the Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Prof. Hipel will be giving the Miroslaw Romanowski Lecture. For more information about him and his talk abstract please check here.

April 18: Cardiovascular disease and dementia: Why should I care?

By Edith Hamel (Professor, Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill). Everyone knows about Alzheimer’s disease, but maybe we do not know as well that cardiovascular disease and diabetes are the main risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive deficits with increasing age. This is important as it is possible to control quite well cardiovascular disease with medications and good life style habits. The lecture will present research performed in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia treated with drugs used in man to control cardiovascular disease and how these treatments improve memory. Additionally, we will discuss the benefits of physical exercise. The lecture should provide a scientific basis for the urge of proactively controlling cardiovascular health with the ultimate goal of protecting brain health.

With generous support from McGill Faculty of Medicine 

FALL 2019

Sept. 19: Benedikt Schmidt (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Oct. 17: Lenore Farhig (Carleton University, Ottawa)

Nov. 14: Anna Hargreaves (Biology, McGill)

Dec. 12: Amy Schumacher Blum (Chemistry, McGill)


Jan. 9: Jennifer Sunday (Biology, McGill)

Feb. 13: Grant McKenzie (Geography, McGill)

Mar. 12: Tami Pereg-Barnea (Physics, McGill)

April 9: Yajing Liu (Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill) 

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 


Jan. 25: Stumbling in Darwin’s footsteps: Journeys in search of fishes and finches.

By Prof. Andrew Hendry (Biology and Redpath Museum). The webcast of this Freaky Friday is posted here

Feb.15: Pandora's Ballast Tank:  Invasive Species in the St Lawrence River

The St Lawrence River is the gateway to the world's largest freshwater ecosystem. It is also an ecological battlefield in which invasive species fight for food and space. In this lecture, you will hear about how the river has been transformed by biological invasions and what is being done about it.

By Prof. Tony Ricciardi (Redpath Museum & McGill School of Environment)     

CANCELLED March 22: My madness about mice

By Prof. Virginie Millien (Associate Professor, Redpath Museum). You can read about her work with mice and Lyme disease here.


Sept. 27:  Aging. By Joe Schwarz (Director, Office of Science and Society)  

Oct. 25: Cannibis - the realities of legalization. By Mark Ware (Dept. Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill). Read about Dr. Ware's work here.