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Science Communication program collaborates with Science North, Health Sciences North and Eastlink to offer Northern MedTalks 2022

Speaker event features engaging Northern Ontario healthcare providers.

(April 14, 2022) - On April 21, 2022 at 7pm, Laurentian’s Science Communication program, Science North, and Health Sciences North will collaborate with Eastlink to offer Northern MedTalks 2022. This free, fast-paced speakers event will feature ten presentations by Northern Ontario healthcare providers. Each ten minute talk is co-produced by healthcare providers and Master’s students of the Science Communication program whose curriculum is co-delivered by Laurentian and Science North. Co-producing this event is a capstone project for Science Communication students. 

Michelle Reid, Science Communication sessional instructor and Presentation lead for Northern MedTalks 2022 said about the event that “we are providing an entertaining, engaging, and inspiring experience that the public will find valuable.” To produce the event, healthcare providers, who bring insights from their medical practice, are paired with graduate students to support the informative, accessible and engaging delivery of powerful healthcare narratives. Science Communication students not only help guide healthcare providers in the delivery of their stories, but also design visual components that complement presentations. 

Healthcare providers participating range from family physicians, nurse practitioners, paramedics, neurosurgeons and more! Presentations will be hosted live from Science North’s Vale Cavern, but livestreaming will also be available from the comfort of home on Eastlink Community television or on Science North’s webpage. Science North’s Discovery Theatre and IMAX® Theatre will also livestream the event. Those attending the event at Science North will have the opportunity to meet and greet speakers after the event during a social hour in the science centre. 

Julie Moskalyk, Science Director of Science North shared that: “ In 2019 the first Northern MedTalks event took place, and was incredibly successful in reaching, and inspiring, our audiences of all ages. This year we are so pleased to expand the reach with a live stream to further increase accessibility to these powerful presentations, also allowing us to record the sessions for later access. Science North is proud to feature the work of the Science Communication program superstars as they show their skills in action!”

This is the second year that the Science Communication program has paired with Science North to deliver this exciting event.