CEW Virtual Event – 2020

Tweet your thesis

Science communication through Twitter is becoming increasingly popular, and we’re challenging students of CEW to join in and spread the word about their research by explaining their thesis in three tweets. Register in advance, and throughout the month of September, we will assign you a day to tweet your thesis. Be sure to use the hashtag #CEWtweetyourthesis and we will retweet them. We will also feature all of the tweets on the CEW website.

Rules: You are allowed a maximum of THREE tweets (tweets have a 280-character limit) to explain your thesis in lay terms. You may use ONE picture to accompany each tweet for a total of three tweets + three photos maximum. Include “#CEWtweetyourthesis” in the tweet so that we can find it and retweet. Remember to avoid jargon and highly technical language – the challenge is to provide a concise explanation of your thesis that a general audience can understand!

Register here: (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsLxZOwmR6sP7_KpX5Ah6rjuvbupJ4Ge8UXVokaHnv4Xp4qw/viewform?usp=sf_link)

Meme competition

What better way to deal with the crippling pressures of school and work than with humour? Here, students and non-students alike compete by designing their own ecotoxicology memes to communicate the funny side of your science! There is a cash prize for the best meme.

Rules: Memes must be original content – no copying already existing memes (you can, however, use an existing photo)! Memes should relate to some aspect of ecotoxicology. Email your memes to us at s.graves@usask.ca and we will post them on Twitter and Facebook. The CEW community can vote for their favourite meme using “likes”. Submit your memes by October 1st 2020. Voting will be open until the end of the CEW virtual workshop (October 6th) and winners will be announced via social media.

Science Communication short course

October 5th, 2020 1 – 4pm EDT

Join us for a 3-hour science communication workshop taught by Chantal Barriault and Michelle Reid from Laurentian University. It will cover the basics of how communication works and how these principles can be applied to efficiently communicate science.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  • Understanding your audiences’ values, needs, beliefs, prior knowledge and experience
  • Targeted communication – defining your objectives/goals and framing your approach for your audience 
  • Essential Message –what you want your audience to understand, remember, and act on
  • Writing and Speaking in Plain Language 
  • Designing Slides for Impact and Understanding
  • Delivery and presentation skills for maximum audience engagement

This short course is hosted by CEW and is FREE for participants! It is open to students AND professionals, but student attendees will be given preference due to limited availability. Register through the CEW Virtual events form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsLxZOwmR6sP7_KpX5Ah6rjuvbupJ4Ge8UXVokaHnv4Xp4qw/viewform?usp=sf_link)

CEW Virtual Student Presentation Competition 2020

October 6th, 2020 1 – 4pm EDT

For zoom information please email: info@ecotoxcan.ca

With many conferences (including CEW) being cancelled or postponed, we want to provide the students of the CEW community the option to present their research in a virtual context. Although this half day workshop will highlight students’ research, we encourage all members to attend to maintain communication.

Who? Phd, MSc, or BSc students studying under any theme under the Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop umbrella.

What? Prepare a 5 minute talk with 5-8 slides maximum on your project. There will be blocks of 5-6 talks, followed by a 10 minute question period. Talks will largely be grouped by themes. More details will be sent out closer to the date.

Where? Virtually by Zoom (link to be sent out to participants ahead of time)

When? October 6th, 1 – 4pm EDT

Why? To maintain communication among CEW community members. In addition, there are prizes to be won ($150 first, $100 second, $50 third)!

Registration is FREE! Register through the virtual engagement events 2020 form by September 21st at 4pm EDT.


CEW Zoom Happy Hour

Join fellow CEW community members for a happy hour with a similar structure to our usual student-mentor networking event. The event will take place on Zoom, using breakout rooms to have more focussed discussion on topics including work-life balance, women in science, interviewing skills, etc. More details to follow.