Previous symposia

The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series. McGill.

January 25, 2007


Host: Department of Physics, Charles Gale, Chair

In the second annual Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium four of the world's most renowned physicists came to McGill to debate the controversial anthropic principle; the notion that the universe is somehow specifically tuned to support life as we know it. Prof. Paul Davies, Director, Beyond: Institute for Fundamental Concepts, ASU; Prof. George Efstathiou, F.R.S., Director, Institute for Astronomy, Cambridge University; Prof. David Gross, Director, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB; and Prof. Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor of Physics, Stanford University presented their differing views on this controversial principle. The moderator of the debate was Prof. Victoria Kaspi, McGill's Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology. The Symposium was held in Leacock 132, the University's single largest auditorium, but it reached its 600-seat capacity within minutes, as did the pre-arranged overflow space in Leacock 232. Similarly, the simultaneous live webcast of the event proved to be equally popular.

More information:

"Trottier Symposium blends physics and philosophy." McGill Reporter, February 8, 2007. Article

"Trottier Symposium to grapple with big questions." McGill Reporter, January 11, 2007. Article

"Why is the universe just right for life?" University Relations Office, January 4, 2007. Press release

November 24, 2005


Host: Global Environmental Climate Change Centre, Charles Lin, Director

The Inaugural Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium on "Climate Change and Energy" featured a panel discussion and debate among four internationally known scientists: Dr. Rom Duffey, Chief Scientist, Atomic Energy Canada, Ltd.; Dr. Martin Hoffert, Professor of Physics, New York University; Dr. Amory Lovins, Founder and CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute; Dr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Professor of Energy Economics, University of Vienna; and moderated by Dr. Nigel Roulet, McGill School of Environment; with Closing Remarks by Mr. Thomas J. Mulcair, Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development and Parks, Government of Quebec. It was held at New Residence Hall, McGill University. The Symposium attracted 400 participants with an additional 200 participants via live webcast.

More information:

"The great climate debate." McGill Reporter, December 8, 2005. Article

"What's fueling climate change?" University Relations Office, October 31, 2005. Press release