images of many facets of scienceHear science students talk about their favourite subjects at Biopalooza, Thursday at Mackenzie Hall.

Public presentations have science students honing communication skills

A free family-friendly event Thursday will demonstrate what science students have learned about making discovery accessible to all.

Biopalooza — 6 to 8 p.m. April 5 at Mackenzie Hall — is a project of students in the class “Science Communication,” taught this semester for the first time, says professor Kirsten Poling.

“This course was created to help young scientists find ways to share science better with non-scientists, or even scientists in other fields,” she says. “In the words of scientist Sir Mark Walport, ‘Science is not finished until it is communicated’.”

Dr. Poling says each student chose a favourite topic and a creative format to share it in a fun and unique way.

“Come and hear about diseases in cats, why sharks are so important to everyone, good and bad bacteria, and why too much noise can stress you out, to name just a few topics,” she says. “There will be a couple of short talks, books created for kids, videos, and displays.”

The event is open to the public and also promises snacks and drinks. Mackenzie Hall is located at 3277 Sandwich Street West.