Speaking

Samantha is a highly requested speaker who loves sharing science anywhere to everyone! She’s presented science on the busy streets at Yonge & Dundas, ringside at a Muay Thai Gym, outside a museum in a yurt at 1am for Nuit Blanche, and on a livestream with a CSA Astronaut who was floating around in SPACE!

Previous speaking engagements include presentations at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, the Ontario Science Centre, the 2018 Annual Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Conference, a live webinar via Evidence for Democracy, a talk at TEDxDownsviewWomen, and the Keynote at the 2018 Cedarlane Annual Expo. Samantha co-hosted a livestream at the Canadian Space Agency, MC’ed TEDxUofT 2019, and spoke about the science of celebrity worship at the Red Carpet Party at the 2019 JUNOs.

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Samantha is enthusiastic speaking about all sorts of topics in any kind of format, though her areas of expertise lie in neuroscience, genetics, stem cell biology, the science & signs of anxiety, and social media. Her most popular talks include the following:


Your Mind-Blowing Brain
Stem Cell Hype vs Hope
Following a Love of Science Anywhere & Everywhere: My Path to Grad School & Beyond
From Mindless Scrolling to Handshakes: How to Use Social Media for Personal Branding & Career Development
Impact of Science Communication on Social Media
Social Media for Science: Tips & Tricks
Mental Health in Higher Education

 

On March 25th 2019, Samantha and Pierre-Yves Lord co-hosted a livestream Q&A with CSA Astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who tuned in live from the International Space Station!

 
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Public Presentation at the Ontario Science Centre for the International Day for Women & Girls in Science

Neuroscience of Performance Anxiety Talk @ TKMT Gym

Samantha brought brain samples and her favourite neuroscience facts to the Toronto Kickboxing and Muay Thai Academy to talk to fighters about the neuroscience and psychology behind performance anxiety. No slides, no mic - just a conversation about mental health.... plus a few squishy brains.

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Hands-On Workshop on using Social Media for Science at the University of Ottawa.

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Public Presentation at the Toronto Harbourfront Centre for Soapbox Science

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Guest Lecture at 2017 International Altmetrics Conference about New Methods of Science Communication by Scientists

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When planning your event, please implement the following simple considerations to make it accessible and inclusive for everyone.

  • Gender-affirming washroom signage

  • Territory acknowledgement

  • Accessibility (wheelchair access, dietary accommodations, visibility & acoustic accommodations eg. use of Google slides live CC feature)

  • Speaker representation that is reflective of the community’s diversity

  • Financial support for ticket fees (can include inviting guests to sponsor extra tickets if your organization does not have additional funding)

Please note that upon receiving any event invitation, it is my personal and professional policy to inquire whether the minimum criteria above will be met prior to confirming my attendance or participation. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about these criteria or if your team requires additional resources or assistance to make their implementation possible. You can learn more about why these elements are a necessary part of any event here.