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Friday, November 15 • 10:30am - 11:10am
Scientists in the public space: when discussion turns into a media storm / Scientifiques dans l'espace public : lorsque la discussion se transforme en tempête médiatique

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Panel Organized by: Fonds de recherche du Québec

As keepers of knowledge, scientists have a responsibility to inform the public. However, the debate sometimes turns into a media storm: the discussion enters such emotional territory that it becomes difficult to demonstrate the value of facts and evidence. How can scientists intervene while maintaining their scientific integrity, their private lives and… their mental health? The panelists have been called on to intervene in the public space on controversial topics. Some have been pressured, others have received threats, but all wish to continue their work. They will present one of the most challenging situations they have faced and discuss the best ways to navigate through media turbulence.

En tant que détenteurs de connaissances, les scientifiques ont une responsabilité d’informer le public. Cependant parfois, le débat tourne à la tempête médiatique : la discussion évolue sur un territoire si émotionnel qu’il devient difficile de démontrer la valeur des faits et données probantes. Comment les scientifiques peuvent-ils intervenir alors, tout en préservant leur intégrité scientifique, leur vie privée et… leur santé mentale ? Les invités de ce panel présenteront une des situations qui a constitué pour eux le plus grand défi à relever et échangeront sur les meilleures pratiques pour passer sans encombres au travers des turbulences médiatiques.


Moderators
avatar for Mehrdad Hariri

Mehrdad Hariri

President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Science Policy Centre
Mehrdad Hariri is the founder and CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Centre, the leading not-profit hub for science, technology and innovation policy in Canada. He is also a member of the Innovation Leadership Council (ILC) of Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), a board... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rémi Quirion

Rémi Quirion

Chief Scientist of Quebec
On September 1, 2011, Rémi Quirion, OC, CQ, PhD, FRSC, became Québec’s first chief scientist. As such, he chairs the boards of directors of the three Fonds de recherche du Québec and advises the Minister of Economic and Innovation on research and scientific development issues... Read More →
avatar for Katie Gibbs

Katie Gibbs

Co-founder and Executive Director, Evidence for Democracy
Katie Gibbs is a scientist, organizer and advocate for science and evidence-based policies. While completing her Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa in Biology, she was one of the lead organizers of the ‘Death of Evidence’—one of the largest science rallies in Canadian history... Read More →
avatar for Olivier Bernard

Olivier Bernard

Health Columnist, The Pharmafist
As a professional pharmacist, Olivier Bernard practises since 2004 in a community setting. He holds a master’s degree in research in the field of pharmacogenetics (2006).Since 2012, he has been devoted to scientific communication activities for the general public and for the health... Read More →
avatar for Eve Beaudin

Eve Beaudin

Journalist at Détecteur de rumeurs, Agence Science-Presse
Eve Beaudin has been a journalist for 15 years and currently works for the Détecteur de rumeurs (rumour detector) of the Agence Science-Presse (ASP). She is also a TV host for the Anatomie des fausses nouvelles (Anatomy of fake news) series and C’est une question de santé (It’s... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:10am
Governor General III

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