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Friday, November 27 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Science Blogging: The next generation / Blogage scientifique : la nouvelle génération

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Organized by Science Borealis

Blogging and other forms of social media can increase engagement among scientists, government and the public. How can it better be used, or used in new ways to influence science policy and how can Canadians use it to effectively participate in policy debates?

Science blogs serve many communities, including research, policy, the mainstream media and the public at large. They validate successful science, challenge weak conclusions, and are an increasingly important tool for providing valuable context and understanding of research via an open and public forum that encourages debate. Further, science blogging fills the void left by the changing media landscape with fewer resources invested in science writing and reporting. Policy makers are looking to trusted blogs and social channels for insight and information.

This session will provide an in-depth and hands-on look at science blogging and its impact on the Transformation of Science, Society and Research in the Digital Age. With a particular focus on tools and platforms, best practices, the current Canadian blogging landscape, and some predictions for the future, this interactive session will demonstrate how blogs are a platform for engagement, discussion and sharing of science.

Canada has many talented science bloggers, representing both the science reporting and documentary approaches. Our science blogging community has strengthened and grown in recent years, with Science Borealis, launched at the 2013 CSPC, providing a cohesive platform for discussion, discovery and delivery. The proposed panel will address how science blogs are useful for both policymakers and scientists.

Tapping into the power of the crowd, the session will interactively engage the audience in the creation of a quality, high-impact, policy-oriented blog post that will later be published on Science Borealis. The panel will provide audience members with hands-on experience in good blogging practice: goals, approaches, dos and don’ts -- and more -- to create a well-designed post accessible to government, the broader scientific community, industry and the public.  

The panel will discuss the current state of science blogging in Canada showcasing best examples and demonstrating their impacts on the public perception of science and the transformation of science and research and. It will briefly explore this type of digital engagement with an eye to the future.

Check out Science Borealis' blog on their panel here:

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Brian Owens

General Science editor, Research Canada / Science Borealis
Brian Owens is General Science editor of Science Borealis, and the editor of Research Canada, the newest member of the international Research Professional family of science policy publications. He has previously worked in London as a reporter and editor at Research Professional's... Read More →

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Amelia Buchanan

Blogger, Journalism student at Algonquin College
A recent convert to science communication, Amelia Buchanan is a journalism student with a biology background. Her blog, Lab Bench to Park Bench, is a study of the everyday plants and animals that share our parks and backyards. For 18 months Amelia has brought natural science to the non-scientific mind through interviews with birds and flowers, and through historic reviews of the plants we eat. Her posts consider how humans... Read More →
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Christopher Buddle

Associate Professor and Associate Dean at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus, McGill University
Chris Buddle is an Associate Professor and an Associate Dean at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus, where he has worked for over 12 years. He teaches in the area of field biology and ecology, and has an extensive research program focused on exploring Canada’s biodiversity. He... Read More →
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Sabrina Doyle

New Media Editor, Canadian Geographic
Sabrina Doyle is the New Media Editor at Canadian Geographic, where she’s in charge of assigning, editing and writing for the CG blog, among other duties. Before this, she handled the magazine's social media, and spent six years writing about science for a variety of publications... Read More →
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Paul Dufour

Principal / Adjunct professor, University of Ottawa
Paul Dufour was educated in science policy and history of science and technology at McGill, Concordia and Université de Montréal. He is adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy and Principal of PaulicyWorks, a science and technology... Read More →
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Lisa Willemse

Senior Communications Advisor, Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Lisa Willemse is a communications professional with 18 years experience working in the technology, child development and health research fields, and is currently a Senior Communications Advisor with the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Her background includes training... Read More →

Friday November 27, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Joliet-Frontenac (level C)

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