Friday, October 12, and Saturday, October 13, 2012.
Redpath Museum Auditorium [Map].

As part of McGill Homecoming 2012, this first Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine Symposium (WISEMS) marks the centenary of the university’s first geneticist, Carrie Derick, being appointed as Canada’s first female professor.





“History of Women in Science and Medicine: Reflections on a century”

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Presentation by Margaret Rossiter (Marie Underhill Noll Professor of the History of Science at Cornell University). This presentation launches WISEMS (Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine Symposium), which takes place on the following day.


Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine Symposium (WISEMS)

1:30 – 7:00 PM; reception to follow

1:30 – 3:00 PM: Panel presentations and discussion: Building on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine from the 1890s to 2012.

The presentations will focus on women’s scientific and political activism in Montreal a century ago. Speakers include Ruby Heap (Professor, Department of History, University of Ottawa), Peter Campbell (Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History, Queen’s University), Elsbeth Heaman (Associate Professor, History and Classical Studies, McGill University), Arianne Marelli (Assistant Professor of Medicine, McGill University and Assistant in Medicine and Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School) and Andrée Lévesque (Montreal History Group, McGill University).

3:30 PM: Julie Payette (B. Eng. McGill ’86 and Canadian Space Agency astronaut)

4:00 – 6:00 PM: The State of Women in Science and Medicine Today.

Panel presentations and discussion to address current issues around women and scientific careers. Speakers include Catherine Potvin (Professor, Department of Biology, McGill University), Tracy Webb (Professor, Department of Physics, McGill University) and Marianna Newkirk (Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University). Speakers will focus on women’s issues and the state of women in rapidly changing science landscape across academic and government sectors.

6:30 PM: Imagining the Future of Women in Science. Concluding remarks by Suzanne Fortier (President, NSERC).

Many science fields are seeing significant increases in participation by women in graduate school and beyond. What kinds of changes in the academy, careers, research priorities, and recruitment efforts would we like to see? How will we know if we’re seeing “success?” What could such changes offer us individually and collectively as women in science?

In English. Free. Suitable for all audiences.

Contact Information

Contact: Ingrid Birker
Organization: Science Outreach
Office Phone: 514-398-4094


September 20, 2012