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What does science advocacy look like in a hyper-polarized world?

Date: Monday October 23, 2023

Time: 11:00 AM ET

On October 23, 2023, we’re thrilled to launch E4D’s new Essential Guide to Science Advocacy, developed in partnership with Senator Stanley Kutcher and the Chief Scientist of Québec, and with generous support from the Fonds de recherche du Québec. Whether you work in the physical sciences or the humanities, this toolkit is your new starting point for finding ways to advocate for science.

But what does science advocacy look like today, in a world of echo chambers, misinformation and hyper-polarization? Join our virtual launch event on Monday 23rd October, at 11 AM ET, to explore this very question with panelists Dr. Rémi Quirion, Senator Stanley Kutcher and Dr. Allison Sekuler. We will explore why advocacy is a space where scientists can play a bigger role, and how the new Guide can help you get there. Register to attend the panel today.


  • Senator Stanley Kutcher is a leading psychiatrist and professor who has helped young people successfully manage major mental illnesses. His appointment to the Senate allows him to put decades of medical, academic and policy expertise at the service of all Canadians. He has received numerous awards and honours for his work, including the Order of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Naomi Rae-Grant and Paul D. Steinhauer Advocacy awards, the McMaster University Distinguished Alumni Award and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada’s John Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education.
  • Rémi Quirion, OC, CQ, PhD, FRSC, is the Chief Scientist of Quebec. Since his appointment as Chief Scientist of Quebec, Rémi Quirion, chairs the boards of directors of the three Fonds de recherche du Québec and advises the Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy on research and scientific development issues. He is the president of the International Network for Governmental Science Advice (INGSA) as of September 2021.
  • Allison Sekuler, PhD, FSEP, FPsyS, FAPS, is the Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and President and Chief Scientist of two non-profit organizations: the Baycrest Academy for Research and Education, and the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI). Dr. Sekuler holds faculty positions at the University of Toronto and McMaster University. Her research uses behavioural and neuroimaging approaches to understand how the brain processes visual information. She Chairs the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council’s Public Impact Value Proposition committee and the Ontario Hospital Association Research & Innovation Committee; serves on the governing and advisory boards for Hamilton Health Sciences, VISTA, ConnectedMinds, and BrainsCAN; and is a founding steering committee member of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy. She is a longstanding and passionate supporter of research communication and public outreach; a sought-after speaker and podcaster; and an advocate for women and under-represented groups in STEM. Dr. Sekuler has won numerous national and international awards for research, teaching, innovation, and leadership — including serving as the country’s first Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and recently being named one of WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2019).

Note : Le Bureau du scientifique en chef du Québec organisera un deuxième panel, en français, le 6 novembre à 14h.  Inscrivez-vous.

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