Past Events


> Planting Our Fuel: Will Science Feed or Kick our Energy Consumption?

(World Café on Biofuels)

HELD: November 20, 2010 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

WHERE: Concordia University, Loyola Campus

This world café asked whether Canada’s investment into advanced energy biotechnology is feeding or helping us to kick a deep-rooted cultural obsession with energy consumption? The event focused on biofuels as an example.

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Read the final event report here.



> A sweeter economy: What are the challenges of leaving petroleum for biofuels and bioproducts made from sugar?

(A University of the Streets Café)

HELD: October 14, 2010 - 7:00 to 9:00pm

WHERE: Le Dépanneur, Montreal

This conversation raised questions over how Quebec and Canada will cope with future creation of biofuels and bioproducts made from sugar. We invited people to discuss the challenges of biofuels and what they mean for our community.   



> Got an infection

Scientific Café on Genomics and Global Health

HELD: April 1, 2010 - 5:00 to 7:00pm

WHERE: O Patro Vys, Montreal

Held in collaboration with Genome Quebec.



> Politics of Health Information: Reflections on a Pandemic

2nd Annual Health Communication Workshop

HELD: March 19, 2010 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

WHERE: Loyola Campus, 7141 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal

Concordia University’s Departments of Journalism and Exercise Science hosted the second Annual Health Communication Workshop at the Loyola Campus. The free, day-long workshop included presentations from experts from the media and the government talking about their roles during H1N1 flu pandemic, followed by a world cafe.

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> The Human Genome Project Ten Years Later: Has the Promise Been Realized?

CIHR Café Scientifique

HELD: February 16th, 2010 - 5:30 to 7:30pm

WHERE: Heart & Crown Irish Pub – 67 Clarence St., ByWard Market, Ottawa

At the turn of the milennium, the Human Genome Project was heralded as one of the most important discoveries of all time. Yet, at the time of publication, the authors cautioned the real challenge would lie ahead.

Why have grand predictions subsided nearly a decade after publication? Is media coverage of stories like ‘baldness’ and ‘obesity’ genes accurate? In an age when genetic tests are offered online, why haven’t Health-care Professionals increased their genetic knowledge?

Organized by Mark Weir, Department of Philosophy, University of Ottawa


> Democratizing Science: How can the public meaningfully engage with science?

(A University of the Streets Café)

HELD: Monday, April 20, 2009 from 7PM-9PM

WHERE: Arts Café, 201 Fairmount, Montréal, QC

Science education for the general public is primarily based on increasing our comprehension of discoveries and theories; the classical idea being that if we citizens understand science, we will naturally support scientific conclusions. Yet, many of us do understand scientific issues and facts, but don’t support how they are used. Understanding an issue, does not always mean agreeing with the implications for policy-making. Be it stem cell research, global warming, or evolution, the tension might be better tackled through discussion and reflection. In this conversation, we will ask the question: How can we increase public involvement and engagement that is both meaningful and essential to scientific advancement?


> Science as we know it: Is the earth really round?

(A University of the Streets Café)

HELD: Monday, November 17, 2008 from 6:30PM-8:30PM

WHERE: Montréal, QC


How do we know what we know about science? Some suggest that science is the closest one can get to truth, while others point to it as simply a subjective activity. So how do we access the knowledge that science is supposed to provide us with? Is information lost between scientists and the public? How do we use this knowledge to understand our interactions with the natural world in our everyday lives? Do we have the ability to use the resources and understanding of the scientific world to make a significant impact on the greater good?

This public conversation on science took place at Centre St-Ambroise in St. Henri. More info at: 


> Is Good Health Reporting an Oxymoron?

1st Annual Health Communication Workshop

HELD: Friday, November 28, 2008

WHERE: Montréal, QC


This free Health Journalism Workshop was held at Concordia University’s Loyola Campus. It examined issues in health reporting and included a world café on health journalism. It was open to everyone and people were encouraged to come voice their opinions and deliberate with their peers.

Download the flyer: hjw_flyer


> Sequencing the Salmon Genome: A Deliberative Public Consultation

HELD: November 2008

WHERE: Vancouver, BC


This public engagement event on the topic of salmon genomics was held by the Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia. It formed part of the Genome Canada funded project, Building a GE3LS Architecture. As part of a research project, was only open to invited participants.

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