Chris Hornberger acted as emcee at the launch of the Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC) on November 9, 2010. More than 300 participants attended the launch, featuring a panel of experts, including:
- Jay Ingram, host of Discovery Channel Canada’s Daily Planet, author and science broadcaster;
- Dr. David Secko, Department of Journalism, Concordia University;
- Dr. Mary-Anne White, University Research Professor, Chemistry and Physics, Dalhousie University; and
- Pauline Dakin, award-winning CBC National Health and Medical Reporter.
The event aimed to stimulate the conversation about how, what, when and where we receive and understand knowledge of science.
This presentation was also the launch of a multi-part national series on Science and its Publics created by the Situating Science Knowledge Cluster and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs.
The Science Media Centre of Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that exists to raise the level of public discourse on science in Canada by helping journalists access the experts and evidence-based research they need to cover science in the news. The SMCC is supported by over 100 Charter Members and ongoing support from patron organizations. Halifax Global is a proud Charter Member of the SMCC and a proud contributor to the conceptualization and launch of the organization. In 2008, our team worked closely with a steering committee to develop a feasibility study and a subsequent business plan for the SMCC. Both documents can be found on the SMCC website.