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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


2020 Bacon & Eggheads Breakfast Schedule


The “fierce urgency of now”: Lessons for Canada from the ghosts of climate past
John Smol, Queen's University
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Using Light to Save the Planet: Photonics for the Environment
Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Jeff Mogil, McGill University
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020


Past Events


Using Light to Save the Planet: Photonics for the Environment
Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo
Thursday May 30, 2019

Innovation Prospects for Canada: The Industry Perspective
Panel: Jill Green, Allan F. Miranda, David Ross and Moderator: Satyamoorthy Kabilan
Thursday May 2, 2019

Toxic algae – a growing threat to Canadians
Frances Pick, University of Ottawa
Thursday March 21, 2019

Metals and sustainability – Earth’s odd couple
John F.H. Thompson, PetraScience Consultants
Thursday February 21, 2019

What Will it Take for Canada to Finally Solve Indigenous Water Health Challenges?
Madjid Mohseni, University of British Columbia
Thursday November 29, 2018

Plastic: from miracle material to environmental threat
Peter Ross, Ocean Wise
Thursday October 25, 2018

How Did that Chemical from My TV End Up in Me and an Arctic Fish?
Miriam Diamond, University of Toronto
Thursday September 27, 2018

Food Safety for the 21st Century
Lawrence Goodridge, McGill University
Thursday May 24, 2018

Cannabis in Canada: Closing in on a new paradigm for drug research and policy

Mark A. Ware, McGill University
Thursday April 26, 2018

Arctic warming: The land and communities on the cusp of rapid change
Bacon & Big Thinking

Susan Kutz, University of Calgary
Jackie Dawson, University of Ottawa
Tuesday March 20, 2018

Canada Takes a Big Stake in the Driver-less Future

Steven Waslander, University of Waterloo
Thursday February 15, 2018

30-year Journey: Winning the battle against Hepatitis C

Michael Houghton, University of Alberta
Thursday November 23, 2017

Uncharted Waters: A scientific glimpse into the future of the Arctic Ocean

Jay T. Cullen, University of Victoria
Thursday October 26, 2017

Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence: Is Canada ready for the challenge?

Yoshua Bengio, Université de Montréal
Thursday September 28, 2017

Next-generation technologies for tomorrow's crops: Getting to the roots of global food security
Leon Kochian, University of Saskatchewan
Thursday May 4, 2017

Building a climate-smart world: How development research helps the global population adapt to climate change

Robert Hofstede, International Development Research Centre
Thursday April 6, 2017

Can I Help You? The Future of Socially Assistive Robots in Healthcare

Goldie Nejat, University of Toronto
Thursday March 9, 2017

Unnatural tremors: the science of fracking and earthquakes
Gail Atkinson, Western University
Thursday February 9, 2017

Canadian nanorobots: an option for fighting cancer?

Sylvain Martel, Polytechnique Montréal
Thursday December 1, 2016

The great biodiversity challenge: conserving nature through a century of unprecedented change

Jeremy Kerr, University of Ottawa
Thursday October 27, 2016

Living with Forest Fires: Lessons from Fort McMurray

Mike Flannigan, University of Alberta
Thursday September 29, 2016

Crude oil on water - an expert perspective on spills, their impacts and remediation

Kenneth Lee, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Thursday June 9, 2016

Keeping food available and affordable: a twenty-first century challenge
Jean Caron, Université Laval
Thursday May 12, 2016

Exploring a simulated brain: from human behaviour to drug effects
Chris Eliasmith, University of Waterloo
Thursday April 14, 2016

Rethinking cyberattacks: New strategies to counter the mounting costs to business and threats to Canada's security

Scott Knight, Royal Military College of Canada
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Permafrost science heats up: understanding and preparing for change in northern landscapes

Chistopher Burn, Carleton University
Thursday February 4, 2016

The Crisis in Antibiotics

Gerry Wright, McMaster University
Thursday April 23, 2015

Extreme weather and climate: Measured response?

Ronald Stewart, University of Manitoba
Daniel Scott, University of Waterloo
Thursday March 26, 2015

CBC Ottawa Morning Interview
Ottawa Citizen Article

Trees do it. Ferns do it. Why can't PhDs do it?
Bio-inspired solar energy

Ted Sargent, University of Toronto
Thursday February 26, 2015

The shale gas bonanza: opportunities and challenges

Denis Lavoie, Natural Resources Canada
Tuesday February 3, 2015

Virtual manufacturing: on the computerized cutting edge

Yusuf Altintas, The University of British Columbia
Thursday November 20, 2014

The shale gas bonanza: opportunities and challenges
Denis Lavoie, Natural Resources Canada
Thursday October 23, 2014

Ocean Acidification: the other carbon dioxide problem
John Cullen, Dalhousie University
Thursday September 25, 2014

From trolley cars to rapid transit: The future of urban transportation

Jeff Casello, University of Waterloo
Zachary Patterson, Concordia University
Thursday May 1, 2014


From canoe to container ship: Managing water in the Great Lakes - St Lawrence River system
Christiane Hudon, Environment Canada
Thursday March 27, 2014

Seeing is believing: medical isotopes improve the view on cancer
John Valliant, McMaster University
Thursday February 27, 2014

Will my forest look good in these genes?

Sally Aitken, University of British Columbia
Thursday January 30, 2014

The robots are here!

Gregory Dudek, McGill University
Thursday November 28, 2013

Harvesting Innovation: Conquering challenges facing the Canadian grape and wine industry

Debra Inglis, Brock University
Thursday October 24, 2013

Canada dry? Managing our water for the future

Howard Wheater, University of Saskatchewan
Thursday May 23, 2013

Reducing Risks, Gaining Benefits – Coping with Weird Weather in a Changing Climate

Gordon McBean, Western University
Thursday April 18, 2013

Cybersecurity: smartphones, software, the Internet and you
Paul C. Van Oorschot, Carleton University
Thursday March 7, 2013

Putting Humpty together again: rebuilding peatlands after resource extraction

Line Rochefort, Université Laval
Thursday February 7, 2013

Human Genomics and New Models for Drug Discovery

Aled Edwards, University of Toronto
Thursday November 22, 2012

Towards a More Sustainable and Diversified Aquaculture

Thierry Chopin, University of New Brunswick
Thursday October 25, 2012

Cities in the Sun: The Path Towards Smart Net-zero Energy Solar Buildings and Communities

Andreas Athienitis, Concordia University
Thursday September 27, 2012

Alternate futures for the oil sands industry: from the age of steam to the age of biology

Stephen Larter, University of Calgary
Thursday May 3, 2012

The Lowdown on the Meltdown
Richard Peltier, University of Toronto
Thursday March 29, 2012

Geoscience as a Key to Canada’s Economic Competitiveness, Wealth and Development

James Franklin, Franklin Geosciences Ltd.
Thursday March 1, 2012

Decision-making in an uncertain world

Daniel Krewski, University of Ottawa
Thursday February 9, 2012

Green forests, green dollars: rebuilding Canada’s forest products industry leadership through innovation

Sophie D'Amours, Université Laval
Thursday November 24, 2011

Bringing Power to the People - Smart Grids and the Future of Renewable Energy
Liuchen Chang, University of New Brunswick
Thursday October 27, 2011

Switching to Green Chemistry

Philip Jessop, Queen's University
Tuesday October 4, 2011

The Amazing, Changing, Aging Brain

Allison Sekuler, McMaster University
Thursday March 3, 2011

Failure is not an option: lessons for making Canada's buildings and bridges safer

Denis Mitchell, McGill University
Thursday February 3, 2011

Fisheries and global warming, and their impacts on marine ecosystems and global food security

Daniel Pauly, The University of British Columbia
Thursday November 25, 2010

Understanding Biodiversity: the next Big Science Project and how it will change politics

Graham Bell, McGill University
Thursday October 28, 2010

Turboscience - Supercharging Discovery and Innovation
Eugenia Kumacheva, University of Toronto
Thursday September 30, 2010

Water prescriptions for a dry land - how the West can prepare for drought

John Pomeroy, University of Saskatchewan
Thursday May 27, 2010

The ABC's of Quantum Magic

Gilles Brassard, Université de Montréal
Thursday April 22, 2010

The Science of Bacon and Eggs
Marc-André Sirard, Université Laval
Thursday March 25, 2010

Wrestling with phosphorus -- how new Canadian environmental technology is helping address an urgent global problem

Donald S. Mavinic, The University of British Columbia
Thursday November 26, 2009

Climate Change and Arctic Sea Ice: So what is all the fuss about?

David G. Barber, University of Manitoba
Thursday October 29, 2009

Anticipating where the puck is going to be: using advanced technologies to keep ahead in the evolutionary struggle with the microbial world

Francis A. Plummer, University of Manitoba and National Microbiology Laboratory (Winnipeg), Public Health Agency of Canada
Tuesday September 29, 2009

The Violent High Energy Universe

Victoria Kaspi, McGill University
Thursday June 4, 2009

Hot prospects in the cold: the new Geological Map of the Arctic
Marc St-Onge, Natural Resources Canada
Thursday May 7, 2009

When the canary dies

Bridget Stutchbury, York University
Thursday April 2, 2009

Life, Climate and Vanishing Ice at the Top of Canada

Warwick Vincent, Université Laval
Thursday March 5, 2009

Are Batteries and Fuel Cells ready for All-Electric Vehicles?

Jeffery Dahn, Dalhousie University
Thursday January 29, 2009

Understanding the plastic brain

Bryan Kolb, University of Lethbridge
Thursday May 8, 2008

Bionic Limbs - from science fiction to reality

Kevin Englehart, University of New Brunswick
Thursday April 10, 2008

Preparing for the next pandemic: how we can gain the upper hand
against new diseases

Eleanor Fish, University of Toronto
Thursday March 6, 2008

What are we flushing down the drain? Assessing the hazards of pharmaceuticals and personal care products

Chris Metcalfe, Trent University
Tuesday February 5, 2008

Trading Water for Oil - Tailings Management in Surface-Mined Oil Sands

Randy Mikula, Natural Resources Canada
Thursday November 29, 2007

Can oil sands production and upgrading be sustainable?

Murray Gray, University of Alberta
Thursday October 25, 2007

The Ruse and the Reality of Nanotechnology
Robert Wolkow, University of Alberta/ National Institute for Nanotechnology
Thursday June 7, 2007

Fighting Cancer with Food

Richard Béliveau, Université du Québec à Montréal
Thursday May 17, 2007

Ocean mapping – a new tool for exploring and managing Canada’s vast offshore resources
John Hughes Clarke, University of New Brunswick
Thursday April 19, 2007

Building the car of the future, idea by idea
Peter Frise, AUTO21 Inc., University of Windsor
Thursday March 1, 2007

The changing face of Canada's Arctic

Marianne Douglas, University of Alberta
Thursday February 1, 2007

Managing Canada's Boreal Forests for the Future

Yves Bergeron, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Thursday October 26, 2006

From microwave popcorn bags to polar bears – tracking the path of fluoroalcohols through the global environment

Scott A. Mabury, University of Toronto
Thursday September 28, 2006

From the Bench to the Bedside to the Bank

David Dolphin, The University of British Columbia
Thursday May 18, 2006

Earthquakes and Bomb Blasts: How safe is our infrastructure?
Murat Saatcioglu, University of Ottawa
Thursday April 27, 2006

Safe Disposal of Canada's High Level Nuclear Wastes
David Shoesmith, University of Western Ontario
Thursday November 24, 2005

Contaminated Sites – How Clean is Clean?
Kenneth Reimer, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston
Thursday October 20, 2005

Wind Power in a Carbon-Constrained World: Capacity, Cost, and Environmental Impacts
David Keith, University of Calgary
Thursday September 29, 2005

Countering the hydrocarbon threat to Canada's groundwater

Barbara Sherwood Lollar, University of Toronto
Thursday May 5, 2005

The Barcode of Life Initiative - Checking Life in before it checks out
Paul Hebert, University of Guelph
Tuesday April 12, 2005

Winning the infection wars: by identifying bugs faster, doctors can save lives and health care dollars
Michel Bergeron, Université Laval
Thursday March 10, 2005

Coal bed methane extraction
Marc Bustin, The University of British Columbia
Thursday February 10, 2005

Globe Watch: Remote Sensing, Surveillance, and Mapping with "See Anywhere - Map Everywhere" (SAME) Technology
Vincent Tao, York University
Thursday November 25, 2004

When light meets matter: implications for health and high technology
Tito Scaiano, University of Ottawa
Thursday October 28, 2004

Invasive species: coming soon to a lake near you

Hugh MacIsaac, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor
Thursday May 13, 2004

Getting bridges to talk
Aftab A. Mufti, University of Manitoba
Thursday April 1, 2004

When cells choose the wrong time to die

Alexander Mackenzie, University of Ottawa
Thursday March 11, 2004

Gas hydrates - Canada leads research towards a cleaner energy option for the future

Kirk Osadetz (for Scott R. Dallimore, Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources Canada)
Thursday February 12, 2004

Fighting climate change with biology...putting the " Green Advantage" to work for Canada
David Layzell, Queen's University
Thursday, October 23, 2003

The Threat to the World's Oceans – Measuring Canada's Options

Jeffrey Hutchings, Dalhousie University
Thursday, September 25, 2003

Forecasting the Impact of a Melting Arctic
Louis Fortier, Université Laval
Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Things are falling into place -- Gravity rules
Robin Riddihough, Natural Resources Canada
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Mathematics: The Engine of Scientific Innovation
Arvind Gupta, Simon Fraser University
Thursday, March 20, 2003

Can biotechnology prevent another Walkerton? The future for E. coli vaccines
Brett Finlay, University of British Columbia
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Pollinators in a Genetically Modified World
Mark L. Winston, Simon Fraser University
Thursday, October 24, 2002

Speeding up Drug Discovery
Jed Harrison, University of Alberta
Tuesday, May 7, 2002

Downwind of the Big Smoke - the impact of air pollution from the Greater Toronto Area on natural and agro-ecosystems
Tom Hutchinson, Trent University
Thursday, April 11, 2002

Fuel Cell Technology - A Pathway to Clean Energy
Ned Djilali, University of Victoria
Thursday, March 14, 2002

Water under Pressure: Research on Canadian Groundwater Resources
Alfonso Rivera, Natural Resources Canada, Quebec
Thursday, February 7, 2002

Water, weather and climate change in Canada's vast Mackenzie Region
Ming-ko Woo, McMaster University
Thursday, November 29, 2001
Bommy Lee, Carleton University

Moving Beyond the Visible Universe: Dark Clouds, Galaxy Collisions, and the Origin of Stars
Christine D. Wilson, McMaster University
Tuesday, October 30, 2001
Bommy Lee, Carleton University

Nanophotonics: Illuminating the Quantum World
Edward (Ted) H. Sargent, University of Toronto
Tuesday, September 25, 2001
Bommy Lee, Carleton University

Putting learning on line:
How New Brunswick got to the front of the pack

Rory McGreal, TeleEducation, Fredericton NB
Thursday, June 7, 2001

Water Quality, Climate Change, and Salmon Stocks:
Getting a clear view of the past...from mud!

John Smol, Queens University
Thursday, May 10, 2001 (originally Tuesday, October 31, 2000)

The Human Genome Project,
Heading for payoff...

Thomas (Tom) Hudson, Montreal Genome Centre
Thursday, April 5, 2001

Exotic Canada: Deep, Dark and Hot
A tour of hydrothermal vents on the ocean floo
Verena Tunnicliffe, University of Victoria
Thursday, March 15, 2001

Functional Foods: Snake Oil or the Grande Elixir?
Peter Jones,McGill University
Thursday, Sept 28, 2000

The Human Factors in Engineering... and Why They Matter
Kim Vicente, University of Toronto
Thursday, May 11, 2000

Farming with the Biotech Edge - What
Fungi can do for the World’s Crops

John Cross, Philom Bios Inc., Saskatoon
Thursday, April 13, 2000

Earthquakes and Tsunamis - Sleuthing
the 'Big One' on the West Coast

John Clague, Simon Fraser University
Thursday, March 16, 2000

From Stonehenge to Gemini - A Venture Between Science & Technology
Jean-René Roy, Université Laval
Thursday, February 10, 2000

Astronauts and Grandmothers -- What's the Common Denominator?
Sydney Pugh, Millenium Biologix Inc., Kingston
Thursday, December 2, 1999

How is our Atmosphere Impacting the Quality of Life in Canada? A Review of Current Research Areas of Concern
Diane Michelangeli, York University
Tuesday, November 16, 1999

Viruses - a new cancer-fighting tool?
Patrick Lee, University of Calgary Health Sciences Centre
Thursday, October 21, 1999

Look out for nervous circuits
Paul Jay, Nortel Networks
Thursday, May 27, 1999

Vitamin E, Free Radicals and Your Health
Keith Ingold, National Research Council
Thursday, April 15, 1999

Outsmarting insect pests: What the latest research is telling us about how insects communicate, and how we can get the message across to them - naturally
Jeremy McNeil, Laval University
Thursday, March 11, 1999

New Materials for the Next Millennium
Mary Anne White, Dalhousie University
Thursday, February 11, 1999

The Robots are Coming; Intelligent Systems are Part of Our Future
Pierre Bélanger, PRECARN Associates Inc., Ottawa
Thursday, December 3, 1998

Bringing Space Down to Earth
Elizabeth Cannon, University of Calgary
Thursday November 5, 1998

Upcoming Laser-Based Technologies: What Every MP Needs to Know
Paul Corkum, National Research Council Canada
Thursday, October 8, 1998

The Search for Diamonds in Canada
Harvey Thorleifson, Geological Survey of Canada
June 4, 1998

The Science of Global Climate Change
Andrew Weaver, University of Victoria
April 21, 1998