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Thursday, November 2 • 10:30 - 12:00
503 – Bringing Soapbox Science to Canada: Shifting Gender Norms in Science (45 minutes) / Ramener Soapbox Science au Canada : normes changeantes en matière de genre, propres au secteur scientifique (45 minutes)
Panel Organizer: Leigh Paulseth

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Panel Organizer: Leigh Paulseth, Ryerson University

The Fundamental Science Review (Naylor et. al., 2017) has highlighted the importance of embracing diversity in science to “draw on a larger base of talent”. It also points out that “the inclusion of diverse perspectives has the further advantage of broadening horizons and improving interpretation of information and decision-making alike.” The negative impact that a lack of diversity brings to science requires immediate action. Science and the public both hold antiquated gender stereotypes about scientists and therefore specific programming is required to challenge stereotypes and encourage gender diversity in science.

Soapbox Science, founded in the UK, is designed to counteract gender stereotypes and implicit gender bias in science by promoting and highlighting women scientists in academia. Soapbox Science uses public spaces to disseminate scientific knowledge for the general public while serving as an actionable way to advance equity and diversity in STEM. Its impact addresses two key priorities in scientific outreach and public engagement within Canada: 
1) Promoting the image of female scientists and their work
2) Publicly disseminating and promoting scientific research & literacy

In 2017, Soapbox Science was brought to North America for the first time. Held at one of the busiest intersections in Canada, the event highlighted female scientists from Windsor to Cape Breton and challenged public perceptions of science by placing leading women scientist of different ages, disciplines and ethnicities in public spaces, to talk about their research. Their work was accessible and inclusive and on the street, promoting a public image of science that is diverse, engaged, accessible and inclusive.

Inspiring the next generation of scientists necessitates the promotion of role models who reflect the young women and men in our communities. Diversity is a well-known driver of innovation which is essential if Canada is to remain competitive in the next 150 years. Young women and marginalized youth need to feel represented in our ranks if the best minds are going to be engaged in STEM.

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Dr. Imogen Coe

Professor; Dean, Faculty of Science, Ryerson University
Dr. Imogen Coe is the founding Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor at Ryerson University, and an affiliate scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Keenan Research Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital. In addition to being a research scientist and academic leader... Read More →

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Dr. Emily Agard

Director, SciXchange, Ryerson University
Emily Agard earned a B.Sc. (honours) in Life Sciences from Queen's University and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Toronto.  She taught biology at York University and the University of Toronto at Scarborough before joining Ryerson as an Associate Professor.  Currently... Read More →
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Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie

Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, Cape Breton University
Stephanie MacQuarrie is an Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at Cape Breton University and researches in the area of BioChar and Catalysis. Stephanie obtained her BSc from Mount Alison University in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Virginia Tech in 2005. She continued... Read More →
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Dr. Nadia Octave

Medical Physicist at Centre-Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec, Université Laval
Dr. Nadia Octave is a medical physicist working at Centre-Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec – Université Laval in Québec City in the radio-oncology department. Medical physics encompasses all the applications of radiation in medicine. Her work specifically deals with treating... Read More →
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Leigh Paulseth

Enrichment & Outreach Coordinator, Ryerson University
Leigh Paulseth is the Enrichment and Outreach Coordinator at SciXchange. She has a passion for communicating environmental and scientific issues to the public and loves to engage learners of all ages in actions and activities to better our understanding of this world. Leigh has a... Read More →

Thursday November 2, 2017 10:30 - 12:00
ROOM 212 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2

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