Freaky Fridays: when McGill scientists bust myths and clarify science

Freaky Friday public outreach events allow McGill scientists and researchers to examine the myths, realities and misconceptions surrounding some pressing science issues or phenomena.

The 2017-2018 series of Freaky Fridays hosts one McGill scientist each month to give a presentation that provides insight into how they did their science.

Where: Redpath Museum [map], 859 Sherbrooke Street West, Metro McGill/Peel (unless otherwise indicated). No reservations necessary; however, seating is limited.
When: Fridays, 12:00 noon — 1:00 PM
Cost: Free with admission to Redpath Museum
Information: science.outreach [at]

The Freaky Friday series was made possible with funding from the Science Outreach Program in the Faculty of Science.

Fall 2017

Paul Wiseman

September 22, 2017: How I used optics to devise a better test for malaria
By Prof. Paul Wiseman (Chemistry)


Bernhard Lehner

October 27, 2017: How I mapped all the lakes in the world and figured out how much water they contain
By Prof. Bernhard Lehner (Geography)


Tomislav Friscic

November 24, 2017: How I invented greener solvent-free chemical reactions
By Prof. Tomislav Friščić (Chemistry)


Bruno Tremblay

December 8. 2017: How and why I flew into the Arctic to drill ice cores
By Prof. Bruno Tremblay (Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences)


Winter 2018

January 12, 2018: How I figure out global food security
By Prof. Graham MacDonald (Geography)


Matthew Harrington

February 9, 2018: How I unlocked nature's fibre factories
By Prof. Matthew James Harrington (Chemistry)


Laura Nilson

March 9, 2018: How I puzzled out and connected body parts and symmetry in embryos
By Prof. Laura Nilson (Biology)


Mylene Riva

April 6, 2018: How I figured out how to improve housing and health care in Canada's north
By Prof. Mylene Riva (Institute for Health and Social Policy & Geography)