Date: 3 August 2022

Title: Advice to early career researchers: Personal perspectives on surviving in a complex world and the critical role of science communication

Description: Science continues to play an increasingly important role in peoples’ lives.  Furthermore, to be a scientist is an opportunity to lead an exciting, influential, and fulfilling life. However, just as it is a career with many opportunities, it is also a life with many challenges.  This presentation will provide a summary of some personal perspectives on possible ways to maximize your opportunities whilst living in an increasingly complex world. The critical role of effective science communication, especially as it relates to environmental issues such as climate change, will be emphasized

Time: 13:00 (GMT) 

Registration: Please register via the following link:

Format: Virtual, on Zoom: 

Bio: JOHN P. SMOL, OC, PhD, FRSC, FRS is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Biology (cross-appointed with the School of Environmental Studies) at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), where he also held the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change for the maximum three 7-year terms (2001 – 2021). Smol founded and co-directs the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL), a group of ~40 students and other scientists dedicated to the study of long-term global environmental change, and especially as it relates to lake ecosystems. John has authored ~660 journal publications and chapters since 1980, as well as completed 23 books (with 2 more in preparation). Much of his research deals with the impacts of climatic change, acidification, eutrophication, contaminant transport, and other environmental stressors. Smol was the founding Editor of the J. Paleolimnology (1987-2007) and is current Editor of Environmental Reviews.  Since 1990 John has received 6 honorary doctorates and has been awarded >70 research and teaching awards and fellowships, including the NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal as Canada’s top scientist or engineer and the International Ecology Institute Prize.  Amongst his 15 teaching and outreach awards, he was named a 3M Teaching Fellow and, following a nation-wide search, Nature chose John as Canada’s Top Mid-Career Science Mentor. In 2013, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his environmental work and in 2018 a Fellow of the Royal Society (London). He was elected President of the Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada (2019-2022).


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