Laurentian University keeps earning accolades.
Its science communication program, which is offered in partnership with Science North, has won the William Edmond Logan Award from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science. The award recognizes excellence in promoting a public understanding of science by a Canadian organization.
“Trends in science research, industry and public policy have prompted a need for trained people in this rapidly growing field,” Chantal Barriault, the program’s director, said in a release. “Laurentian’s graduates are specialists in communicating the work of leading researchers and scientists to diverse audiences, from young children to politicians. We are incredibly honoured to receive this award.”
The science communication program is unique in Canada. It provides graduates with the training to transform scientific information into accessible and understandable knowledge for the public. Many scientists recognize the value of doing outreach, but not all are naturally skilled at it. This program fosters those skills, delivering a multidisciplinary experience that covers the theory underlying good communication, as well as the practical challenges of effectively communicating science and the issues involving science in society.