Kevin L’Espérance Selected for the Province’s Science Pop Final
On April 15, nine students and postdoctoral fellows took up the science popularization challenge of the first Science POP competition organized at the CHUM Research Centre by the Scientific Assistant Directorate for Student and Postdoctoral Affairs.
In front of a diverse jury and an audience of about 50 people, Kevin L’Espérance, a doctoral student in public health and epidemiology in Anita Koushik’s team (Innovation Hub Research Research Theme), won first place with his presentation Comprenons-nous les épidémiologistes?
He thus becomes the CRCHUM’s official representative for the competition’s provincial finale, which will be held on May 27 and 28 at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), the institution that launched this pan-Quebec initiative to promote dialogue between science and society.
Karen Geoffroy, a doctoral candidate in Marie-Claude Bourgeois-Daigneault’s team (Cancer Research Theme), impressed the jury with her science story La guerre du cancer : les virus contre-attaquent. She ranked second in the competition.
The podium was completed by Baptiste Marin, a doctoral student in health technology engineering in Sophie Lerouge’s team (Imaging and Engineering Research Theme), who finished in third place thanks to his presentation Les biomatériaux pour traiter le cancer.
Congratulations to this trio of up-and-coming scientists for telling stories about science in a language that is accessible to all!
A big thank you also to our jury, our volunteers and our organizing committee without whom this great experience would not have been possible or so successful.
To encourage Kevin L’Espérance during his presentation at the provincial finals, you will be able to register soon through the IRCM website.
Our representative will be competing against finalists from the 14 other participating Quebec institutions and could win one of the prizes ranging from $1000 (Chief Scientist prize) to $250 (public’s favourite).
Finalists will present their entries in person, in front of an audience and jury members. The presentations will also be streamed live online so that anyone can attend, regardless of where they live.
The event in pictures!
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