As part of Carleton University’s Science Café series, Vivian Nguyen, assistant professor in the Institute of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science, will present The Science Afterlife: Where Does the Science Go?

When: Wednesday, September 16 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Where: Online via Zoom
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All are welcome to join this online panel discussion. Media are invited to attend the event.

Science has always been portrayed as molecules, beakers, lab coats and math symbols. We often don’t think about how people actually interact with scientific information, and where the ‘science’ goes after it’s done in the lab or field.

Today, most research is funded by public money, so it is fair to expect that the work will eventually benefit society and people. Sadly, this is not always the case, and the reasons why are not always clear.

A century ago, scientists were perceived to conduct research in an ivory tower, whereas now people want to be informed, involved and have a say in scientific activities and how research is used. Some say that ‘science has a new social contract with society’. During this Science Café, Nguyen will discuss the role and importance of social sciences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and why the science of studying people matters. She will bring examples of her research on science policy and science communication in the field of fisheries and conservation.

About Science Café

The Science Café series is organized by the Faculty of Science at Carleton to discuss relevant issues facing our society and how science can help solve real-world problems. Meet some of Carleton’s award-winning faculty members and graduate students as they share their excitement about science with the community. For more information, visit:

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