Poster Session

Student Poster Display
Monday Oct. 21, 2013
5:45pm-7pm; 8:30pm-10pm
Demarais Building, 12th floor
55 Laurier East, Ottawa

Thank you for all the great posters and to their presenters!
Congratulations to Maryana Hanatyschyn
(Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University)


Renewable Energy Research and NIMBYism: A Crutch that Cripples
- Isabelle Morin, Contemporary Studies Program, University of King’s College

Scientific Information, Misinformation and Disinformation: The Perils of Open Access and Trust
- Teresa Branch, Philosophy, University of Waterloo
- Sandie DeVries, Philosophy, University of Waterloo

Public Participation in Science and Environmental Decision-Making
- Francesc Rodriguez, Science and Technology Studies, York University

Language, Art and Authorship: A Comparative Approach Towards Making Sense of the Science-Society Question
- Jobin Kanjirakkat,  Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, with
- Joanna Griffin, Transtechnology Research Group, Plymouth University

Creating Trust for Public Vaccination: Lessons from History
– Maryana Hanatyschyn, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Sector-Dependent Perceived Impediments to Innovation
- Simon Demers, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

Familial Ethical Consumerism: A Case Study
- Vimal Chaudhary, Education, University of Ottawa



Call for Abstracts for Student Poster Session

Poster session to be held the evening of Monday, October 21, 2013
Best poster prize: $200!
Travel support available (see criteria below)

Deadline for poster abstracts: Friday, September 13, 2013, 5pm ET
Submit to: Student Poster Session coordinator, Sue McKee:

Do you want to be part of an innovative symposium at the University of Ottawa that connects science, society, and policy? One that brings together academics from various disciplines, students, policy makers, stakeholders, and the general public?

Does your research broadly (or specifically) concern issues related to science, society, and policy?

If yes, then consider participating in the Science and Society 2013 Student Poster Session!

Poster prize and content

The Science and Society 2013 symposium organizers are looking for 10-12 posters (with one or two students per poster) that tie a key issue at the science-society interface to the symposium question: “How can we understand and improve the interplay between science and society, and improve science policies for the future?”

Examples of current science-society issues include, but are not limited to, the symposium themes (as described on the About page) and such topics as: the role of evidence; science communication; open access; authority and expertise; relationships between science and science policy, science and different publics, arts, values, democracy, etc. Posters could also link the symposium question to content such as climate change, H5N1 research, social media technology, etc.

Presenters are asked to explain the issue as it ties to the symposium question by making ample use of visuals to present their case (e.g. information graphics).  Innovative and creative approaches are welcomed.

The top poster as judged by a judging committee will receive a $200 prize!

The poster session will take place on the evening of Monday, October 21, 2013, immediately before and after that evening’s free public evening keynote address by Dr. Yves Gingras, (Canada Research Chair in History and Sociology of Science, UQAM). Poster presenters are invited to attend that keynote, which will address key problems at the interface of science and society.  Poster presenters are also welcome to attend the symposium and leave their posters on site to be displayed during the run of the symposium. Should you wish to attend, volunteer or blog about the symposium, please let us know in your submission.

For symposium details, please see the About page.


Submissions are to be emailed to student poster session coordinator Sue McKee ( no later than 5pm ET on Friday, September 13, 2013.

Submissions should include:

  • Contact information
  • Field of study and area of research
  • Abstract describing how the poster will address the science-society issue relating to the symposium question
  • Description of the visuals to be used on the poster (showing examples where needed)
  • Indication of whether you are keen to attend, volunteer and/or blog about the symposium
  • Request for travel support (see criteria below)

    Sue McKee and the Science and Society 2013 program committee will review the submissions.  Presenters will be chosen based on the strength of their abstract and effectiveness of the visuals they propose to use. Results will be announced by September 23, 2013.

    If you have any questions about the Call, please contact Sue McKee (

    Travel support

    The Situating Science SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster, a partner for the symposium, is pleased to support student training by offering limited travel support to select student poster presenters from out of town whose field of study falls within Science and Technology Studies or History and Philosophy of Science. Selected students will be asked to also blog about the symposium for the Cluster website ( Please contact Emily Tector, Situating Science Project Coordinator, for more information on travel support: