Molly Shoichet, Senior Advisor to the President on Science & Engineering Engagement
I’m delighted to have the opportunity to enhance the engagement of the public, alumni, faculty, staff and students, in science and engineering. Together with colleagues across the University of Toronto, from Scarborough, Mississauga, and St George campuses, we have the opportunity to continue to make the University of Toronto actively engaged in the lives of Torontonians.
Building on the goals outlined by President Meric Gertler, S.E.E. plans to link its mandate to emphasizing U of T’s role in the City of Toronto and to strengthen and deepen key international partnerships. An advisory committee of faculty and staff has been struck to assist S.E.E. in the coming year focusing on the following objectives:
- To give professors the tools to be effective communicators when engaging with the public about science and engineering
- To give students the tools required to be effective communicators
- To provide a series of events that bring the public into the world of research with an emphasis on science and engineering
- For U of T to take a leadership role in science and engineering engagement in Canada.
We have launched a national research awareness campaign to connect today’s research with tomorrow’s reality, Research2Reality. I welcome new ideas from colleagues about how to engage our communities and inform the public about science and engineering.
The Science and Engineering Engagement (S.E.E.) program works to raise awareness of the University’s strengths in science and engineering teaching and research and facilitates the effective engagement of U of T scientists and engineers with the community at large.
Together with colleagues across the University’s three campuses, we aim to inform the public about new discoveries and also to share the excitement and challenges of the scientific process, to inspire kids, and to encourage innovation. Towards this end, we also build partnerships with external organizations in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond for creating and delivering science outreach programs.
In addition to highlighting ongoing University of Toronto lectures and public events, Science and Engineering Engagement at U of T presents public lectures in collaboration with the university’s academic units showcasing some of our top researchers.
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