Call for Abstracts for Science and Society Student Poster Session

Deadline extended to Sept. 20: Student poster session (200$ prize!)


Science and Society 2013: Emerging Agendas for Citizens and the Sciences
Poster session to be held the evening of Mon. Oct. 21, 2013

Travel support available – see criteria below

Deadline for poster abstracts: Friday September 20*, 2013, 5pm ET
Submit to: Student Poster Session coordinator, Sue McKee:

Do you want to be part of an innovative symposium at the University of Ottawa that connects science, society, and policy? One that brings together academics from various disciplines, students, policy makers, stakeholders, and the general public?

Does your research broadly (or specifically) concern issues related to science, society, and policy?

If yes, then consider participating in the Science and Society 2013 Student Poster Session!


The Science and Society 2013 symposium organizers are looking for 10-12 posters (with one or two students per poster) that tie a key issue at the science-society interface to the symposium question: “How can we understand and improve the interplay between science and society, and improve science policies for the future?”

Examples of current science-society issues include but are not limited to the symposium themes (see “About the Science and Society Symposium” section below) and such topics as: the role of evidence; science communication; open access; authority and expertise; relationships between science and science policy, science and different publics, arts, values, democracy, etc. Posters could also link the symposium question to content such as climate change, H5N1 research, social media technology, etc.

Presenters are asked to explain the issue as it ties to the symposium question by making ample use of visuals to present their case (e.g. information graphics).  Innovative and creative approaches are welcomed.   

The top poster as judged by a judging committee will receive a $200 prize.

The poster session will take place on the evening of Monday, October 21, 2013, immediately before and after that evening’s free public evening keynote address by Dr. Yves Gingras, (Canada Research Chair in History and Sociology of Science, UQAM). Poster presenters are invited to attend that keynote, which will address key problems at the interface of science and society.  Poster presenters are also welcome to attend the symposium and leave their posters on site to be displayed during the run of the symposium. Should you wish to attend, volunteer or blog about the symposium, please let us know in your submission.

For symposium details, please see the “About” section below and visit our event website:

Submissions are to be emailed to student poster session coordinator Sue McKee ( no later than 5pm ET on September 20, 2013.  

Submissions should include:

-       Contact information,

-       Your field of study and area of research,

-       An abstract describing how the poster will address the science-society issue relating to the symposium question, and

-       A description of the visuals to be used on the poster, showing examples where needed.

-       Whether you are keen to attend, volunteer and/or blog about the symposium

-       If applicable: Request for travel support (see criteria below)


Sue McKee and the Science and Society 2013 program committee will review the submissions.  Presenters will be chosen based on the strength of their abstract and effectiveness of the visuals they propose to use.  Results will be announced by September 23, 2013.

If you have any questions about the Call, please contact Sue McKee:


The Situating Science SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster, a partner for the symposium, is pleased to support student training by offering limited travel support to select student poster presenters from out of town whose field of study falls within Science and Technology Studies or History and Philosophy of Science. Selected students will be asked to also blog about the symposium for the Cluster website ( Please contact Emily Tector, Situating Science Project Coordinator, for more information on travel support:  



The Science and Society 2013 symposium is co-organized by the Situating Science SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster ( and the University of Ottawa Institute for Science, Society and Policy ( and runs from the evening of Monday Oct. 21 through Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013 in Ottawa, Ont. Through a set of concurrent sessions, plenaries, panel discussions and lectures, participants will address key issues related to several themes such as: Science and Democracy, Value-Laden Science, Science and Media, Science and Education, International Lessons in Science Policy; Citizen Science; Technology and Media; Responsible Innovation and the Future of Technology; Art, Science and Technology; Open Science; Government Science; Education and the Culture of Science; and Innovation and Society.


The symposium aims to provide recommendations on how to understand and improve key issues at the science-society interface. To this end, as part of their involvement in the event, all speakers and participants will be asked to address the question, “How can we understand and improve the interplay between science and society, and improve science policies for the future?”  On the basis of the debate and answers, a results document will be created and distributed among media, stakeholders, and key decision makers.