Science Communication

Here’s a sampling of some of the science communication initiatives I have participated in and some of my own projects. Follow the links for more information or if you are interested in participating!

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Skype-a-Scientist

Scientists are matched with classrooms around the world to give students the opportunity to get to know a “real scientist”. I’ve matched and spoken with 19 classes in California, Texas, Nevada, Colorado, Ilinois, New York, and Pensylvania. I’ve t chatted with students about insects, careers in science, what life in Canada is like, and some of the challenges faced by first-generation graduate students.

Learn more here: https://www.skypeascientist.com/

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Letters to a Pre-Scientist

The mission of Letters to a Pre-Scientist is to demystify STEM careers and empower all students to see themselves as future scientists by creating personal connections between students from high-poverty schools and real scientists.

Learn more here: https://www.prescientist.org/

Lyman Entomological Museum

With 3 million insects, the Lyman Museum if one of the largest university insect collections in Canada. Though it is primarily a research center and not open to the public, I do give tours when requested! Send me a message here if you want to visit.

Learn more here: https://lymanmuseum.wordpress.com/about/

McGill Bee Club

The McGill Bee Club is a student-run beekeeping club with a five-hive apiary. Its mandate is to promote responsible beekeeping practices, support honey bee research, and educate students, staff, and the public about beekeeping and native pollinators. I support the club by providing scientific advice and performing administrative duties.

Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/McGillBeeClub/

Instagram

Instagram is an awesome platform for science communication and outreach! I use my account to showcase the diversity of insects and plants from all around the world.

Give me a follow here: https://www.instagram.com/vinko.culjak/

Public Talks

I love being a nerd about bugs, plants, and ecology so getting to speak about those topics is always a thrill! Some of my past talks:

  • The Good, The Bad, & the Bugly
  • Keeping the bees: Taking the sting out of dwindling bee populations

Are you a garden club, school, or group interested in learning about plants and bugs? Shoot me a message here: contact me