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!
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/
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 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/
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