Stand Up for Science
- This event has passed.
Stand Up for Science
September 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
In today’s world it’s hard to sort truth from fiction. Fake news, pseudoscience, and wack-a-doodle beliefs often seem to have a louder voice than the truth. How does one sort it all out?
Joining us for our September meeting is Jeremiah Yarmie from Evidence for Democracy. Evidence for Democracy (E4D) is a non-profit organization of scientists and science communicators standing up for science and smart decision making in Canada. As Humanists, evidence-based decision making is one of our foundational beliefs, which makes E4D an organization that is worthy of our support.
Jeremiah will be talking to us about promoting evidence-based decision-making in public policy, the birth of E4D in the Harper years, the Save PEARL campaign (funding for climate change research) and the ‘truth tool kit’ – a tool kit you can use to combat misinformation and ‘fake news’. This will be handy in your daily life, especially with the upcoming elections.
If you have trouble sorting out fact from fiction in your social media newsfeed and on the internet, and if you value reason and science-based decision-making in public policy, then this is a meeting you won’t wanna miss.
Jeremiah Yarmie is an early-career computational biologist and occasional science communicator from Winnipeg, in Treaty 1 Territory. He is currently studying the genetic epidemiology of a stomach infection in northern Indigenous communities at the University of Manitoba and Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory.
Jeremiah has a master’s degree in science communication from Laurentian University and has worked previously as a science communicator and science writer at organizations like University of Manitoba and Canadian Science Publishing, as well as a radio journalist at CBC Manitoba. He worked previously at Evidence for Democracy coordinating outreach and engagement with its vast network of experts and scientists, developing various webinars and promotional videos for the non-profit.
About our Events
Welcome! Our regular monthly meetings are always open to the public. Come early for dinner, drinks, or just to visit. Our social and (optional) dinner time begins at 5:30. Meeting is at 6:30 followed by the presentation at about 7:00 PM. Late-comers and drop-ins are welcome, so if you can’t make it on time or stay till the end, don’t worry. You can eat during the meeting if you’re late – the buffet is open till 8 PM.
If you are new and just checking us out, you are welcome to attend one or two events before becoming a member. After that, if you wish to continue to participate, we ask that you support the group by joining. Our annual dues are reasonable and include a limited-income option.
All events are subject to change, and some details may be TBA. In the event of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, events may be subject to cancellation or details may change. Check the Home page, our Facebook page, or Meetup for information and updates.
‘Charity of the Month’
We will be collecting donations for Evidence for Democracy at our September meeting; however, note that it is NOT a registered charity and no tax receipts will be issued. Details and explanation are in our September newsletter.