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Join McMaster WISE for this year's Current Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CREST) Conference

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The McMaster Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Initiative is pleased to invite you to our upcoming Current Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST) Meeting, which will take place at McMaster University on Friday March 12th and Saturday March 13th.

This event will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. You will be provided with a link upon registration. The link will also be included in the email you receive after registering.

CREST is an interdisciplinary celebration, not only of females in STEM, but also of the exciting research being conducted in these domains more broadly. CREST offers an excellent venue for students, postdocs, and faculty of all genders to present their research in an interdisciplinary environment, network with local academics, and learn more about research opportunities in academia or industry through a series of professional development workshops, interactive career panels, and social mixers.

Keynote Address: We're so happy to have the Honourable Kirsty Duncan as our Keynote Speaker this year!

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan is the Member of Parliament for Etobicoke North and has been serving the community since 2008. She is currently the Deputy House Leader of the Government, and she previously served as Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. Prior to entering politics, Kirsty was an associate professor of health studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and an associate professor of geography at the University of Windsor. She holds a doctorate in geography from the University of Edinburgh. Kirsty is internationally recognized as a leading expert in pandemic influenza, climate change and its impact on human health. She served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an organization that was jointly awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Albert (Al) Arnold Gore Jr.

The Keynote Address will be at 4pm on Friday March 12th.

Workshops: CREST 2021 will feature a variety of workshops including tips for networking with Catherine Maybrey(Career Consultant and Coaching Services), Open Science with Haley Kragness (TEMPO Lab, University of Toronto), and Gender Inclusivity and Positive Spaces in STEM with Wil Fujarczuk (Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office).

Panels: Join us for a panel on Adapting Your Skills for the Workplace, where we talk to women working in areas of STEM that were not their graduate research areas, and a special panel collaboration with WISE Faculty members.

Student Research Presentations:

Postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students: submit your abstracts to present for FREE!

We welcome all stages of research, whether you have data collected or an experiment in progress. CREST is your opportunity to practice your presentation skills, get feedback from other students in a variety of STEM fields, and have fun talking about your research! Submit new data, a proposed experiment, a new methodology, anything you want!

(1) A traditional 10-minute research talk followed by a 5-minute question & answer period; OR,

(2) A 5-minute practice-your-pitch style “Research Bytes” talk (3-minute talk followed by a 2-minute question & answer period).

Abstract Submission: To submit an abstract, please select "Tickets" above, choose your presentation type, and enter your abstract in the space provided. Please note that abstracts should be maximum 300 words in length and written for a lay audience.

General Registration: If you do not wish to present at the meeting, you may also register as an attendee and come for as much or as little of the meeting as you like! Registration will include attendance to all events! Registration is free to anyone who would like to join!

Important Deadlines:

--PRESENTING ATTENDEES: Graduate Students , Undergraduate Students & Postdocs--

Final Abstract Submission + Registration (FREE): FEBRUARY 19 2021


Final registration (FREE): MARCH 13 2021

You can find further information on the conference and keep up to date with WISE by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or checking our our McMaster WISE website! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at

We look forward to seeing you at CREST 2021!

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