- Winter 2017 RCITalks
Happy New Year to all from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science!
Our #RCITalks Winter 2017 programming gets underway on January 15th at 2pm at the University of Toronto Medical Sciences Building. Join Dr. Jeffrey Friedman, professor from The Rockefeller University and Investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
This is the first of a great line-up of speakers and activities that includes talks from people working in many different research areas including the science of concussions, how to preserve wolverine habitat, using botany to plant a better garden, what everyone should know about atmospheric chemistry and how to grow food in space!
Information on our 2017 programming is available here.
- RCIScience applauds the plan to appoint a Chief Science Advisor for Canada
The Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIScience), Canada’s oldest public scientific society, applauds the Government of Canada for creating the position of Chief Science Advisor to the Government of Canada.
A Science Advisor will build a bridge between Government and Canada’s scientific community to bring clarity to issues that hinge on research findings. This appointment will also work to elevate the importance of science across all levels of Canadian society.
“Policy is not made in a vacuum. The voice of science must be heard when dealing with important issues. The decision to appoint a Science Advisor demonstrates the Federal Government’s commitment to fostering a robust science culture, which our members believe is key to building a stronger Canada,” said Peter Love, President of the Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIScience), Canada’s oldest public scientific society.
For more than 165 years, RCIScience has worked towards building a strong science culture in Canada. A science culture features strong public engagement with science, inspires students to pursue careers in STEM, stimulates innovation and creates jobs in science and technology. People who live in a science culture can more easily make informed decisions when weighing medical treatment options or healthy food purchases. Their lives are enriched by fascinating bodies of knowledge of how the world works. We welcome the creation of the Science Advisor position as a strong step by the Government of Canada to foster a greater science culture in this country.
Canadian scientific research is robust and has a large impact, locally and globally. RCIScience strongly believes that bringing a scientific perspective to decision-making is vital to building a strong Canada. This idea was central to Sir Sandford Fleming when he and his colleagues formed the Institute in 1849: a forum for the exchange of scientific ideas that would “do great good to my adopted country.” This appointment represents a great step towards that goal.
The RCIS is a platform for public engagement with leading scientists. Through public lectures and webcasts, we expand science dialogue and promote informed decision making in our communities. Founded in 1849, the RCIS is among the oldest societies of any kind in Canada and its longest-running scientific organization. It has a long tradition as an independent, not-for-profit organization, a credible source of scientific information, helping the public understand the vital role that science plays in our lives.
The official posting can be found here.
- RCIScience celebrates the 2016 Friesen Prize winner in Ottawa
- Fleming Medal Ceremony – November 15th
2016 Fleming Medal and Citation
Join us for an evening celebrating excellence in science communication as we honour Ivan Semeniuk for his outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science.
Ivan will give a talk after the medal presentation:
A Canary in the Cathedral
Globe and Mail reporter Ivan Semeniuk reveals his favourite stories as a science communicator, broadcaster and journalist and considers the future of the profession in Canada.
Reception to follow.
Location: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W
Time: Ceremony begins 7:30 PM, doors open 7 PM
Free and open to all.
- Fall 2016 Lectures
From mosquitoes to computer passwords, explore science from all angles!
Our lectures begin Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 PM at the Mississauga Central Library. The first Sunday afternoon lecture is on October 23 at 2 PM at the Macleod Auditorium, University of Toronto.
Download the brochure: rciscience-talks-fall-2016
Details are on our Lectures page.
- Ivan Semeniuk Wins 2016 Fleming Medal and Citation
Noted Canadian science journalist, Ivan Semeniuk, has been awarded the 2016 Fleming Medal and Citation from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIScience). The award recognizes Ivan’s outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science.
Ivan’s long career in science communication includes television, print journalism, features to news pieces as well as public presentations and demonstrations.
Ivan has been an instructor/researcher at the Ontario Science Centre, Producer/columnist at Discovery Channel Canada, senior correspondent with two of the highest-impact science publications in the world (Nature and New Scientist), writer/host of the TV series Cosmic Vistas, for the last three years as science reporter for the Globe and Mail, “Canada’s national newspaper”, through numerous freelance articles, conference presentations, workshops, and public lectures, and through his on-line presence.
The Globe and Mail Editor in Chief, David Walmsley, said, “In Ivan Semeniuk, The Globe and mail has a world-class science correspondent who travels the world and outer space with his pen and his mind. His clarity of writing across a broad range of scientific topics from biology, to astronomy, to chemistry creates an accessible understanding of our planet and galaxy.”
Current RCIScience President, Helle Tosine, “Ivan’s work bringing global scientific discovery to Canadians and Canadian discoveries to the world reflects exactly what Sir Sandford Fleming created the Royal Canadian Institute to do. We congratulate him on this achievement and hope that he will continue this important work for many years to come.”
RCIScience is a platform for public engagement with leading scientists, featuring free live lectures and panel discussions and an extensive online archive. Founded in 1849, RCIScience is among the oldest societies of any kind in Canada. For 167 years, we have worked towards the goal of an informed public that embraces science to build a stronger Canada.
We recognize excellent in Canadian science outreach with two awards: the Sandford Fleming Medal & Citation and the William Edmond Logan Award. The Fleming Medal is named for RCIScience’s founder, Sir Sandford Fleming, noted engineer, surveyor and inventor of Standard Time. The Fleming Medal has been awarded since 1982 and notable past winners include Dr. John Polanyi, Chris Hadfield, Bob McDonald and Patterson Hume.
The Fleming Medal and Citation will be presented at a special ceremony in November.
- Sanofi Pasteur Limited Winner of 2016 William Edmond Logan Award
Sanofi Pasteur Limited receives the William Edmond Logan Award from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIS). The award recognizes the organization’s outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science.
Sanofi Pasteur Limited receives the Award in recognition of Sanofi BioGenius Canada (SBC), a high school biotechnology competition for which it is the founding and lead sponsor. Over more than two decades, the SBC has helped over 4,000 high school and CEGEP students pursue real-world scientific research projects that have been the launch pads to future biotechnology studies and careers. The program is delivered in partnership with Partners in Research, national coordinator for the SBC since 2013.
Having spearheaded the competition more than two decades ago, Mark Lievonen, Canada Country Chair and General Manager, Sanofi Pasteur, said the recognition is very meaningful. “We are proud that our organization fosters the talent of young Canadians through the SBC. For these efforts to be acknowledged by a respected institute like the RCIS is much appreciated.”
Current RCIS President, Helle Tosine, said, “We are delighted to present this award to Sanofi Pasteur Limited, a company with a long history of using science for the benefit of Canadians through its vaccines, and a strong tradition of fostering a love of science among secondary students.”
Like RCIS, Sanofi Pasteur Limited has a long history. Founded in 1914 as Connaught Laboratories, the company has researched and developed vaccines ranging from diphtheria to acellular pertussis. Today, Sanofi Pasteur Limited is the country’s only full-scale vaccine company.
The RCIS is a platform for public engagement with leading scientists, featuring free live lectures and panel discussions and an extensive online archive. Founded in 1849, RCIS is among the oldest societies of any kind in Canada. For 167 years, we have worked towards the goal of an informed public that embraces science to build a stronger Canada.
We recognize excellence in Canadian science outreach with two awards: the Fleming Medal and the William Edmond Logan Award. William Edmond Logan was the Institute’s 3rd President and presided over the granting of its Royal Charter from Queen Victoria. He is also the namesake of Canada’s tallest mountain, Mt. Logan, and founder of the Geological Survey of Canada.
The William Edmond Logan Award will be presented at the 11th Annual RCIS Canadian Science Dinner, on the evening of April 21, 2016 at MaRS in Toronto. This unique and exciting evening gives an opportunity to talk science with some of Canada’s top researchers and science policy experts.
Location: award will be presented at the Royal Canadian Institute for Science’s 11th Annual Science Dinner, MaRS Auditorium, Toronto, Thursday, April 21, 7 PM.
- Canada’s Science & Technology Innovation System
How does Canada rate compare in Science & Technology Innovation? We are pleased to welcome Mr. Ken Knox, Chair of the Science & Technology Innovation Council (STIC) to speak about the recent “State of the Nation” report on this topic.
- Congratulations to Spencer Barrett and Peter Victor!
Spencer accepted the RSC Flavelle Medal for “an outstanding contribution to biological science during the preceding ten years or for significant additions to a previous outstanding contribution to biological science.”
Peter Victor was elected as a Fellow of the RSC.