Science and the Media: Lost in Translation

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Tue., Nov. 9, 2010, 7:00pm

The Science and its Publics Lecture Series launch was a great success with over 300 in attendance, great partnerships, discussion and live stream Qs too. See below or click on title for more information.

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Science and its Publics Lecture Series Part 1:

Science and Media: Lost in Translation

A moderated panel discussion exploring media translation of science knowledge to the publics
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Alumni Hall,
University of King’s College
6350 Coburg Road, Halifax
Video recorded


Renowned science broadcaster Jay Ingram headlines the Atlantic launch of The Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC).  Ingram, who is a member of the Order of Canada for his lifetime service and contribution to the communication of science, will be joined by a panel of experts in a discussion about the translation of science in the public sphere. The event aims to stimulate the conversation about how, what, when and where we receive and understand knowledge of science.

This presentation is also the launch of a multi-part national series on Science and its Publics created by the Situating Science Knowledge Cluster, ( and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, (

The panel:

Jay Ingram, host of Discovery Channel Canada’s Daily Planet, author and science broadcaster

Dr. David Secko, Department of Journalism, Concordia University

Dr. Mary-Ann White, University Research Professor, Chemistry and Physics, Dalhousie University

Pauline Dakin, award-winning CBC National Health and Medical Reporter 

The Science Media Centre of Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that exists to raise the level of public discourse on science in Canada by helping journalists access the experts and evidence-based research they need to cover science in the news.(

Free admission with a reception to follow.

This event is supported by the generosity of Genome Atlantic; Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Halifax Global Inc.; novaknowledge; Quantum Communications; Dalhousie University; and the School of Journalism, University of King's College.

Related Information Here

Series Information Here

SMCC Ottawa Launch Here

"Our economy, society and daily life is increasingly shaped by science and technology, yet the juicy details of those conversations are often only heard behind the closed doors of experts."  That's according to Situating Science Director, Dr. Gordon McOuat, co-creator of the national Science and its Publics lecture series. McOuat says "by looking at how scientists communicate with one another, their objects and the outside world, we might spark a dialogue about public engagement, the place of expertise, ethics and the communication of science and technology to the Canadian public."