Keynote Speaker

Dr. Joe Schwarcz

Dr. Joe Schwarcz will open this year's symposium as our keynote, speaking on "Sense, Nonsense, and Science."

Never before have we had as ready access to information as in today’s “on-line” world. Unfortunately, we also have to contend with the flood of misinformation that threatens to overwhelm us. In response, the McGill Office for Science and Society was established to disseminate sound science with a mandate of separating sense from nonsense.

As Director of the Office, Dr.Schwarcz has experienced various adventures in the battle against pseudoscience, some amusing, and some more serious. Also, being on one end of a radio microphone and in front of television cameras for over forty years has provided him a fascinating insight into the public’s perception of science and has afforded an opportunity to foster critical thinking and help people distinguish fact from fancy.

Dr. Schwarcz is the Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society.” He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of food to the connection between the body and the mind. Recently the Office has focused on trying to unravel the mysteries of COVID-19.

Awards:

  • First non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry.

  • 2018: Recipient of McGill University’s “Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement Through Media.”

  • 2015: Winner of the Balles Prize for critical thinking by the US-based Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

  • 2010: “Montreal Medal” which is the Canadian Chemical Institute’s premier prize recognizing lifetime contributions to chemistry in Canada.

  • 2015: Winner of the Balles Prize for critical thinking by the US-based Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

  • Awarded honorary degrees by Athabasca University, Cape Breton University, the University of Windsor, and Simon Fraser University.


Click here to register for the keynote event - 8:45 am - 10:45 am EST.

Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society" speaking on "Sense, Nonsense, and Science " at Conestoga College's Public Health and Informatics Symposium on Friday, April 23, 2021:

Keynote Recording.mp4