Past conferences

Past conferences

Spring 2021

May 7, 2021
InterACTIVE virtual conference : Perceptions and realities about physical activity and health!
Guest experts : Eléonor Riesco and Louis Bherer
Festival programming :24 heures de science and Odyssée des sciences.

Conference online : YouTube.


Winter 2019

March 27, 2019
Brainstorming evening: “Does this day and age still inspire us to dream?”
Guest speakers: Françoise David et Alain Saulnier
Organized in partnership with Collège Montmorency

Autumn 2018

October 23, 2018
What is the state of racism today?
Guest speakers: Myrlande Pierre, Caroline Ménard, and Rachida Azdouz.

Autumn 2017

November 21, 2017
Allergies and solutions!
Guest speakers: Marie-Josée Bettez, Sophie Beugnot, Philippe Bégin and Assia Hassaine.

Autumn 2016

November 1, 2016
Cancer prevention: it's possible!
Guest speaker: Richard Béliveau.

November 7, 2016
Armand-Frappier's legacy.
Guest speakers: François Cartier and Michèle Frappier Daignault.

Autumn 2015

October 13, 2015
Vaccination hesitation: understanding the phenomenon.
Guest speaker: Ève Dubé.

October 27, 2015
Working with the Ebola virus
Guest speaker: Gary P. Kobinger

November 10, 2015
Influenza: yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Guest speaker: Dr. Karl Weiss.

Winter 2015

February 11, 2015
Radon in our houses?
Guest experts: Dr. Jean-Claude Desseau, medical advisor and president of Le Comité intersectoriel sur le radon, MSSS and Mr. Mathieu Brossard, radiation specialist, Environmental Health Program, Health Canada.

Autumn 2014

September 30, 2014
Superbacteria: should they worry us?
Guest experts: Marcel Behr, professor, McGill University ; Éric Déziel, professor-researcher, Centre INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier ; Louis-Charles Fortier, associate professor, Université de Sherbrooke and Karl Weiss, department head, Département des maladies infectieuses et microbiologie médicale, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont

October 22, 2014
Chronic and age-related diseases: what can we do?
Guest experts: Martin Juneau, director of prevention, Insitut de cardiologie de Montréal ; Judes Poirier, full professor, medicine and psychiatry, McGill University ; Isabelle Plante, professor-researcher, Centre INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier and Yves St-Pierre, professor-researcher, Centre INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier.

November 18, 2014
When climate change threatens human health.
Guest experts: Alain Cuerrier, professor, Université de Montréal, member of ArticNet ; Pierre Gosselin, scientific officer in charge of climate change, Institut national de santé publique du Québec ; Pierre Payment, professor-researcher, Institut National de recherche scientifique, Centre Institut Armand-Frappier and Claude Villeneuve (via video), full professor and director of the eco-council chair, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Autumn 2013

October 29, 2013
How to avoid food poisoning?
Guest experts: Danielle Ramsay, food-borne infections provincial coordinator, MAPAQ-DGSAIA ; Dominic Dussault, microbiology project manager, BSA food ingredients and Dr. Monique Lacroix, full professor, director, Le laboratoire de recherche en Sciences appliquées à l'alimentation, Centre d'irradiation du Canada, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier

November 12, 2013
Foods that make you feel good
Guest experts: Dr. Denis Roy, full professor, Science des aliments et nutrition, Université Laval ; Dr. Pierre S. Haddad, director, Team in aboriginal anti-diabetic medicine, full professor, Department of pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal and Dr. Nathalie Jobin, manager of professional training, Department of nutrition, Université de Montréal, co-director of NUTRIUM

December 3, 2013
Beer and wine: food microbiology and moderation at their best!
Guest experts: Ann Dumont, microbiologist, wine communications manager, Lallemand Oenology ; Bárbara Jiménez Herrero, oenologist, president of the Canadian Association of Oenologists ; Jean-François Gravel, master brewer and co-founder of the brewery Dieu du Ciel and Hubert Sacy, director general of Éduc'alcool

Autumn 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Organs, blood and tissue: donate or keep?
Guest experts: Dr. Pierre Marsolais, internist-intensivist and organ donation specialist at HSCM ; Dr. Naguib Mechawar, director of the Douglas brain bank - Bell Canada and Dr. Caroline Leduc, PhD in immunology and virology

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Allergies: when the immune system loses its compass!
Guest experts: Dr. Assia Hassain, pediatrician ; Dr. Lamia l'Hocine, scientific researcher in food quality and safety, Agriculture and agri-foods and Canada Michel Gaudet, vice-president, Association pour la santé environnementale du Québec

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Vaccines: what doesn't kill you; does it make you stronger?
Guest experts: Dr. Mylène Arsenault, medical advisor, Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Laval ; Dr. Gaston de Serres, Institut de la santé publique du Québec and Marie-Ève Lebel, doctoral student in immunology at Centre INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier

Autumn 2011

September 27, 2011
Science in the bedroom: understanding assisted human reproduction
Guest experts: Patricia Monnier, reproduction endocrinologist William Fraser, obstetrician specializing in perinatal care and Edith Deleury, lawyer and president of the Commission de l'éthique en science et en technologie

October 18, 2011
When chemistry is invited into the kitchen Promotional poster
Guest experts: Robert Simpson: professor, food chemistry Monique Lacroix: professor and researcher in applied food science and Karine Pedneault: postdoctoral researcher and consultant in R and D

November 1, 2010
Chemistry is getting bad press: is this justified or not? Promotional poster
Guest experts: Andreea Schmitzer, bioorganic and supramolecular chemistry professor ; Claude Viau, director of the Institut de recherché en santé publique and Audrey Moores, professor specializing in green chemistry

Autumn 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The environment: are eco-citizens making a difference?
Guest experts: Norman King, specialist in urban environment and health ; Marie-France Turcotte, professor specializing in social and environmental responsibility and Roger Laroche, consultant in sustainable development and eco-citizenship

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Are science and the planet compatible?
Guest experts: Yves Gingras, science historian and sociologist Georges Lagacé, industrial technology consultant Tom Berryman, biologist and professor of environment-related education

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
GMOs: for better or for worse
Guest experts: Valérie Levée, journalist and science communicator David Carter, agronomist, biologist, and scientific consultant ; Yves St-Pierre, professor-researcher in cancerology and Thérèse Leroux, full professor, health and biotechnology law

Autumn 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Community social pediatrics
Guest speaker: Dr Gilles Julien, social pediatrician, founder of the Fondation pour la promotion de la pédiatrie sociale (FPPS)

Wednesday October 28, 2009
Childcare services: how to prevent infections?
Guest speaker: Dre Diane Lambert, infectious disease medical advisor for the Direction de la santé publique de Laval and member of the Comité de prévention des infections dans les services de garde à l'enfance du Québec.

Tuesday October 6, 2009
Transport and land-use, a question of public health
Guest speaker: Dr Louis Drouin, Community health medical specialist, responsible for the Environnement urbain et santé secteur of the Direction de la santé

Spring 2009

Wednesday May 6, 2009
What is arthritis and how do we treat it in the 21st century?
Guest speaker: Dr Mark Hazeltine, MD, FRCPC, FACP, director of clinical training, Université de Montréal, director, Centre de Rhumatologie de Laval

Wednesday April 22, 2009
Driving without petroleum fuels, thanks to electrons and biofuels
Guest speaker: Pierre Langlois, physicist, Ph.D., author of Rouler sans pétrole

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Food poisoning: beware of the intruders on your plate!
Guest speaker: Madame Danielle Ramsay, provincial coordinator of food-borne illnesses, MAPAQ

Autumn 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Bacteria speak to each other! Decoding their language to fight infections
Guest speaker: Dr. Éric Déziel

Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sharing our vision of ourselves and our planet
Guest speaker: Dr. Albert Jacquard

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Conference on type II diabetes
Guest speaker: Dr. Dominique Garrel

Spring 2008

Wednesday May 7, 2008
Sexually transmitted infections, all generations considered
Guest speaker: Dr. Marc Steben , medical advisor, Unité ITSS of the Institut National de santé publique du Québec

Wednesday April 23, 2008
Pollution: What are the impacts on children's learning ability and behavior
Guest speaker: Dr. Donna Mergler, professor emeritus, Département des sciences biologiques and Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la biologie, la santé, l'environnement et la société (CINBIOSE), Université du Québec à Montréal

Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Doctor, I am out of breath. Asthma from childhood to adulthood
Guest speaker: Dr. Denis Bérubé, pediatric pulmonologist, assistant professor of pediatrics, Université de Montréal

Autumn 2007

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
The behavior of bacteria in space
Guest speaker: Dr. Luchino Cohen, Principal scientist, Space Life Sciences, Canadian Space Agency

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Mood disorders: depression and bipolar disorders
Guest speaker: Dr. Brian G. Bexton,psychiatrist, psychoanalyst,
president of the Association des médecins psychiatres du Québec

Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Bone marrow stem cells to the rescue in Alzheimer’s disease
Guest speaker: Dr. Serge Rivest, professor-researcher, Université Laval,
Canadian neuroimmunology research chair holder

Spring 2007

Friday, May 11, 2007
Nanobiosciences and nanobiotechnology: What are the impacts on our lives?
Guest speaker: Dr. Normand Voyer, director of the Centre de recherche sur la fonction, la structure et l'ingénierie des protéines (CREFSIP) and full professor, Laval University

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Obesity: issues and solutions
Guest speaker: Dr. Lyne Mongeau, coordinator of the Plan d'action gouvernemental de promotion de saines habitudes de vie et de prévention des problèmes reliés au poids for 2006-2012, of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, and recipient of the prix 2006 de scientifique de l'année.

Thursday, April 12, 2007
The immune system of wildlife species: sentinels for the protection of the environment
Guest speaker: Dr. Michel Fournier, professor-researcher, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier

2006 season

Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Is the avian flu on our doorstep?
Guest speaker: Dr. Patricia Hudson, assistant director. Direction de santé publique de Laval

Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Cloning, stem cells, and genetically modified organisms: are they necessary?
Guest speaker: Dr. Michel Tremblay, Director, McGill University Cancer Centre

Tuesday, October 3, 2006
Human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer
Guest speaker: Dr. Danièle Rousseau, Head of gynecology, Centre hospitalier Fleury

2005 season

Tuesday, November 2, 2005
Climate change and human health
Guest speaker: Dr. Tom Kosatsky, Assistant professor, McGill University, consultant, Direction de la santé publique de Montréal

Friday, September 30, 2005
Maintaining health through nutrition
Guest speaker: Dr. Monique Lacroix, Professor-researcher, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier

2004 season

Tuesday, November 9, 2004
Tuberculosis: still present
Guest speaker: Dr. Marcel Behr, McGill University

Monday, October 25, 2004
Land-sickness
Guest speaker: Dr. Hubert Reeves, Centre national de la recherche scientifique en France

Tuesday, October 12, 2004
When life depends on 3%
Guest speaker: Dr. Francine Décary, Héma-Québec

2003 season

Tuesday, November 18, 2003
SARS: A new strain of influenza?
Guest speaker: Dr. Michel Bergeron, Université Laval

Tuesday, November 4, 2003
The West Nile virus: biological control is being developed
Guest speaker: Dr. Jacques Boisvert, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Food supplements: do athletes know what they are really consuming?
Guest speaker: Dr. Christiane Ayotte, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier

2002 season

Tuesday, November 12, 2002
What should we be doing now in the fight against AIDS?
Guest speaker: Dr. Mark Wainberg, McGill University

Tuesday, October 29, 2002
Tap water: to drink or not to drink?
Guest speaker: Dr. Pierre Payment, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier

Tuesday, October 8, 2002
Biological terrorism: research’s answers
Guest speaker: Dr. Rosemonde Mandeville, Biophage Pharma