STAN 2021: #STANdTogether

Virtual Conference • February 23-25, 2021

Join us in February 2021 over three days of

professional development and networking opportunities.

supported nationally by
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The Science and Technology Awareness Network is excited to announce its first virtual Conference! Join our delegates online

to network and recharge. We aim to adopt a lens of hope and collaboration, to highlight the resiliency of our members in the face of adversity.

The goals of the Conference are to connect you with your peers, gain insights and mutual compassion, and share a vision for the future. We hope new partnerships will emerge as we #STANdtogether through these challenging times. 

We will discuss our community's spirit of perseverance and adaptability in the face of a global shift. We will also delve into topics such as improving all lives through STEAM, adapting to virtual-based business models in STEM and education, and best platforms and tools to use when working from home, among others. 


This is a great opportunity to connect with your STEAM peers, learn from each other, and form partnerships. 


Ticket Pricing:

Group (5) $95

STAN Member $60

General Admission $75

Students $25

Program information

Keynote Address, February 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. EST

Dr. Mandy Wintink, CEO and founder of the Centre for Applied Neuroscience Inc., an organization that offers courses and coaching to support personal and professional growth using neuroscience, psychology, and mindfulness. In addition to her published scientific papers in neuroscience and psychology, Mandy has also published several book chapters, and her own book entitled Self Science - A Guide to the Mind and Your Brain's Potential. She is also part-time faculty at the University of Guelph-Humber. Mandy holds a doctorate in Neuroscience and Psychology from Dalhousie University and is also a Certified Yoga Teacher.

Developing Optimism During a Pandemic: An Applied Neuroscience Approach to Resiliency

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us in unprecedented ways. Many of us are still struggling and wondering how can we continue on while we await its end. Luckily, our brains are highly developed and come with excellent coping skills that will help us get through this. One such skill is optimism. Optimism supports three supportive factors useful in riding out this pandemic: it is known to have mental and physical health benefits, build capacity, and strengthen our sense of agency. Dr. Wintink will walk the audience through the neuroscience of optimism and teach techniques to train the brain toward optimism. The goal is to have everyone feel stronger, better, healthier, and able to meet the challenges before them.

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​Keynote Address, February 24, 2021 at 13:00 EST

Samantha Yammine, Ph.D. is a Neuroscientist and popular Science Communicator better known as Science Sam. She earned her PhD from the University of Toronto studying how stem cells build and maintain the brain, and then went on to found Science Sam Media, a science-based digital production agency. She is passionate about empowering people to explore science by making it more familiar, accessible, and inclusive. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she's been sharing the science behind the headlines as @science.sam on Instagram and Tik Tok, garnering millions of views every month to better help people assess risk, spot misinformation, and have informed discussions with their friends and family. You can catch her talking about science as a guest expert on a variety of shows on Netflix, TVO Kids, CBC GEM, Discovery UK, CBC Radio, and AsapSCIENCE. Learn more and get in touch at

Going Viral: How to Have Productive Conversations About COVID Online

In this keynote, Samantha Yammine (aka Science Sam) will dive into the latest research on the status of misinformation in Canada, particularly as it relates to the pandemic. We'll discuss some key themes in pandemic-related rumours, and best practises to not only combat them but empower your audiences to do the same

  • Panels on: supporting science literacy through policies with the CSPC; how to mitigate and counter the spread of disinformation; and celebrating EDI successes (and more)! Details forthcoming.

  • Unparalleled networking opportunities, including an entire session dedicated to meeting peers across Canada and mini networking sessions between each presentation.

The full Conference program to be announced in full over the next few weeks.

A full program will be published and shared via email in February.

Sponsorship Packages

Would you like to support the STAN conference, or promote your organization, project, or business? Consider becoming a sponsor. View and download the tiered options below. Contact us if you have any questions.