New Canadian Science Communication Initiative Launches this Week

Science Borealis plans to feature up to 150 Canadian science blogs

CALGARY AND OTTAWA, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - After months in the making, a new chapter in Canadian science communication will begin at the Canadian Science Policy Conference on November 22 in Toronto.

The community-driven Science Borealis blogging network will launch its new initiative to grow Canada's science communication community, while raising awareness of - and support for - Canadian science.

The group wants to show the public, the media, and policy makers that science is being done here in Canada, that it is interesting, that it is relevant, and help tell the world where Canadian science is heading.

After a group of bloggers started talking about the idea in late 2012, the not-for-profit organizations Canadian Science Publishing and Genome Alberta added their support, funding, and time, to make it a reality and Science Borealis is ready to move out of the lab and into the forefront of Canadian science communication.

Join us on Friday November 22 from 1:30p - 3:00p at the Allstream Centre in Toronto for a special panel presentation on science blogging that is part of CSPC 2013. You'll hear a discussion covering the challenges facing science blogging in Canada, get a taste for the success stories, and meet some of Canada's science bloggers. The Science Borealis members will be easily recognizable by their distinctive t-shirts and will be pleased to answer your questions.

Visit Science Borealis on the web at http://scienceborealis.ca , follow @ScienceBorealis on Twitter, or check out the #cancomm hashtag on Twitter.

If you can't be on hand for the launch and panel discussion you can reach out to the heart of the Science Borealis network.

Sarah Boon @snowhydro
Kimberly Moynahan  @Kim_Moynahan
Stephanne Taylor   @8crayonscience
Pascal Lapointe   @paslap
Raymond Nakamura   @raymondsbrain
Maryse de la Giroday  @frogheart
Jenny Ryan  @JRyanCSP
Mary Seligy  @seamerry
Mike Spear  @mikesgene

Genome Alberta is a publicly funded organization that initiates, funds, and manages genomics research and partnerships. We were established in 2005 as part of Alberta's Life Sciences Strategy through an initiative between the Alberta Government and federally funded Genome Canada. www.genomealberta.ca

Canadian Science Publishing is a not-for-profit publisher dedicated to serving the needs of Canadian and international researchers, not only by publishing quality peer-reviewed journals (via NRC Research Press) but also by supporting the knowledge-sharing activities of scholarly societies and other key partners through events, awards, and other exchanges. www.nrcresearchpress.com

SOURCE: Genome Alberta

For further information:

You can also contact:
Jenny Ryan
Canadian Science Publishing
613-222-4630 (cell)
jenny.ryan@nrcresearchpress.com 

Mike Spear
Genome Alberta
403-813-5843
mspear@genomealberta.ca

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