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STEAM Webinars

STAN now offers webinars a few times a year, with themes designed to support the professional development our members. Aiming to provide information on a variety of subjects, we hope the webinars will help you see everyday problems in new ways, encourage you to reach further, and give you the tools needed to make science literacy more commonplace in Canada.


Webinars are always free for our members! They will be available to view live, or as a recording from our website (to facilitate viewers in different time zones).

Upcoming Webinars


Coming Soon

Surveying STEM Literacy and Assessing STEM Equity 
with Sandra Corbeil and Catherine Paisley

September 19, 2023 at 12pm Eastern | Nation-wide!

Join us to hear about upcoming plans to survey Canadians about their connection and relationship with STEM and then join the conversation to share your thoughts on how such surveys are helpful in your practice. Together we'll explore questions and reflect on what can surveys tell us, what insights into the beliefs and attitudes that Canadians hold towards STEM, and what you'd love to glean from this kind of data. Hear from the STAN community about what we're doing to better understand our audience's connection and trust in STEM.


Sandra Corbeil, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Networks for Ingenium
Sandra leads initiative related to equity, diversity and inclusion for Ingenium which include efforts to better understand STEM literacy and Trust in STEM.

Catherine Paisley, VP, Strategic Initiative for the Ontario Science Centre
Catherine is a skilled leader and strategic thinker who helps connects the Ontario Science Centre to many organisations in order to advance informal learning and and STEM.

Past Webinars

Visit the Member's Lounge to access a selection of recordings of past webinars. 


Alison Symington & Antoine Tente Wa Tente

Accessing funding: Tips for Grant Writing Success

June 13, 2023 at 12pm Eastern | Nation-wide!

Finding funding for small organizations can be a hard job.  Join us for a webinar that will cover tips in finding funding and in successful grant writing. Antoine Tente Wa Tente from science promotion at NSERC  will also provide an overview of the Promoscience program.


Guest Panel

Moderator, Alison Symington, moderator

Speakers: Sandra Corbeil, Sandy Eix, Tracy Walker, Isabel Deslauriers

Science Outreach – The ins and outs of different delivery models.

May 9, 2023 at 12pm to 13:15pm Eastern | Nation-wide!

Science Outreach comes in all shapes and sizes.  Learn from professionals in the field that work in large organizations dedicated to outreach in a centralized model and in a distributed model, research organizations that see outreach as an integral part but not their entire mandate and a small organization that has a small reach but great impact.  If you are looking to develop a career in research this will give you insight into some of the options that are there for you


Alison Symington is the Principal of Strategic Life Science Consulting where she provides strategic expertise in the development of life science solutions to address industry needs, particularly in “omics” technologies. She also develops and evaluates research proposals, business plans and strategic positioning for academia, government and industry operating in the life sciences sector. Alison has also been involved in science literacy initiatives for over 20 years and continues to be an advocate for STEM throughout Canada.

Sandra Corbeil is the Director Strategic Partnerships and Networks for Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation. She has more than 25 years working as an education, communication, and outreach leader. She is known for her strategic thinking and creativity.

Sandy Eix has been inventing exhibits, programs, and shows at Science World for more than 20 years. Her job lets her play with all sorts of science and share her discoveries with kids of all ages. Some highlights so far include developing exhibitions; running summer camp for teachers; creating resources for preschoolers; training science centre professionals in Turkey; and opening Science World’s brand-new Tinkering Space

Tracy Walker is the Education Programs Lead at the Canadian Light Source, Canada's only synchrotron research facility. The education team focuses on building bridges between science research and science education and is working on understanding how Indigenous ways of knowing and western science processes can work together. She has been involved in education with pre-kindergarten learners and has classroom experience at the elementary, high school, and university levels in addition to the informal science education programs at CLS. Her passion for experiential transformative learning was the subject of research in achieving a Master’s of Education degree.

Isabel Deslauriers is the Director, Youth and volunteer engagement, at Let’s Talk Science. She oversees volunteered-delivered programming including the Let’s Talk Science Outreach program and professional development for the post-secondary STEM students who volunteer through it. Working with volunteers inspire her and she is passionate about making sure that all Canadian audiences are served by science outreach.

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Dr. Maria Gyongyossy-Issa

Science, Sex, and Solutions

March 14, 2023 at 12pm Eastern | Nation-wide!

Together we will explore “science, sex and solutions” - through examples that show the excitement that
diversity provides in many systems. We will look at science, the “I” in ideas, and the economic and societal benefits of different perspectives. We will also do some personal reflection on how to create steps that we can all implement to bring together a wonderful variety of people. With a wide range of input and science skills we will be well-situated to solve the problems of the future.



A networking event for STAN members to meet and discuss topics of interest and celebrate the end of 2022.

December 19, 2022 at 12pm Eastern | Nation-wide!

Join your colleagues to network, celebrate the end of the year and upcoming break. Bring your coffee or lunch and drop by to say hello to old friends and meet some new ones.

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Stephanie Dodier

Communicate your message for a lasting impression

October 24, 2022 at 1pm Eastern | Nation-wide!

The way we think about learning (and studying) is rooted in lore and intuition. Yet, the most effective learning strategies are counter-intuitive! Have you ever felt successful at communicating your message (in a lecture, a workshop, a meeting, ...) because everyone seemed to have understood? When we think about learning, the ease with which new concepts are understood is just part of the story. If we consider that learning is acquiring new knowledge/skills to transfer to new situations, we want the information to be readily available later. How do we ensure the information we communicate isn’t forgotten? The science of learning offers evidence-based strategies to allow us to communicate our message for long-term retention. BONUS: this will also revolutionize your own learning habits to help you maximize retention while saving time!


Exploring Equity in STEM Workshop with Sandra Corbeil 

November 22, 2022 at 12pm Eastern | Nation-wide!

What is the role of equity in your practice? This workshop is a follow-up to our “Exploring STEM Equity” webinar in September. We  will invite you to participate in deeper conversations, engage you in exercises designed to get you thinking about equity and invite you to draft a plan to advance equity in your practice.


Exploring Equity in STEM with Sandra Corbeil &Deanna Burgart

September 20, 2022 at 12pm Eastern | Nation-wide!

Join us for a conversation about the importance of embedding equity in our practice. If you are hoping to rethink how you engage audiences and plan your programs, if you’re focussed on working with and valuing diverse audiences and truly embedding equity this is an opportunity to connect with members of the STAN network to learn and share. We will discuss some of the questions to consider, challenges we face as well as resources available to support this important work.


Guest Webinar with Niigaan Sinclair

March 14, 2022 at 3pm Eastern | Nation-wide!

On March 14th at 3pm EST, STAN will present a webinar with Niigaan Sinclair in collaboration with the Treaty relations commission of Manitoba to discuss the connection between treaties and the work of STAN members.


Unconference: Living into our renewed strategic Plan

November 18, 2021 | Nation-wide!

The STAN board of directors has spent some time envisioning the next few years for STAN; our work is summarized here.


We’d like to hear from you, STAN members, as we consider what actions we might take next to make the vision a reality.


Join us on November 18th, at 9am pacific/noon eastern for an informal discussion and ideation session (there will be virtual sticky notes).  For each broad focus area of the plan, we’d like to hear:

  • What do you and your organization need most support within this area?

  • What resources can you/your organization bring to the STAN community as we do this work?

  • What role should STAN play in meeting these needs and sharing these resources?


Every contribution from more questions to really specific ideas is welcome.


Unconference: Taking STEM Outdoors

June 8, 2021 | Nation-wide!

Nice weather is sweeping across the country and it's a great time to get outside! We'd love to hear about how you or your organisation is planning on bringing STEM outdoors this Summer. Or, if you're looking for inspiration, come hear what your peers are doing. This Unconference is great for anyone who's looking for fun ways to experiment under the sun or stars!


Breakout group topics will include:


  1. Using the weather to your advantage

  2. Day time activities/ Night time activities

  3. How to manage outdoor activities during a pandemic

  4. Other groups can be created upon demand


Vickie Pednault, Éco-Rescue

March 24, 2021 | Québec, QC

Talking about the environment or sciences requires skills. Explain a bit too much and you lose their interest, take too many shortcuts and you lose your credibility. If you are looking for a better connection with the public or how to captivate an audience quicker, you have come to the right place. 

At Eco-Rescue (Éco-Secours), we are experts at positive and efficient environmental communication. Through this workshop, you'll bounce from practice to theory and learn how to convey your message and mobilize your audience. Are you ready to boost your next presentation? Because we sure are ready to help you become a better ambassador of your message!


Robyn Quinn

October 29, 2020 | Victoria, BC

Robyn Quinn shared how to present yourself to the media, conducting an interview, and send clear and meaningful information in a way that is compelling - especially attractive for third party distributors: traditional media, social media and podcasters.


Aliénor Béjannin

November 19, 2019 | Montréal, Québec

Running an afterschool program in STEM can be challenging. How do you engage teenagers and adults from different backgrounds in coding? Girls Who Code started their Clubs program in Canada less than a year ago and more than 200 Clubs have been launched since then. Aliénor Béjannin, who joined Girls Who Code as a Canada Partnership Coordinator, shared tips and strategies in order to inspire communities, particularly communities marginalized in STEM, to take the lead and run a successful program in computer science.


Jennifer Thivierge

September 10, 2019 | Ottawa, Ontario

Jennifer Thivierge, PhD Candidate in History at the University of Ottawa, discussed the “keypunch girls”. She shared the story of their training for a job described as the “lowest form of computer life,” and discussed the differences and similarities in women’s roles in computer science today.



June 12, 2019 | Montréal, Québec

During his webinar, Mr. Maltais discussed various aspects of scientific communication, including the relationships between the various players in the field, as well as between governments; the evolution of science culture over the past 40 years; and the role of traditional media and institutions in the era of social networks and fake news. 



Feb 26, 2019  |  Victoria, BC

Bob McDonald's keynote address was entitled Evolution, not Revolution: Science Literacy and Future Technologies. *Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, a recording is not available.



Dec 12, 2018  |  The Pas, MB

Connie shared practical tips and applications for incorporating Indigenous perspectives in meaningful way, as well as embedding them into existing school curricula and informal education programs. 

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