StemCellTalks 2020 Recruitment

Feb 21, 2020
All day
Stem Cell Talks 2020

Dear Graduate Students,

As you may know, stem cells were discovered in 1961 right here in the city of accident (researchers Dr. James Till & Dr. Ernest McCulloch). This achievement is close to home for many and our role in the scientific community is to educate the general public about the exciting potential of stem cells and inspire the next generation of scientists.

We are putting together a team for the upcoming StemCellTalks 2020 ( event on February 21st, 2020 at the University of Toronto and are looking for graduate students for both Content Developers and Logistics Coordinators. The event, funded by Let’s Talk Science aims to educate high school students (grades 11-12) about stem cells, by highlighting their importance for modern-day medicine and discusses the ethical dilemmas associated with stem cell science.

We are recruiting a team (8-10 students) of Content Developers right now:
If you are selected, you will be responsible for inviting guest speakers and selecting the theme of the event, so it is an important role. As a team, we will be developing case studies and slides used throughout the day and it is a fantastic opportunity to network with leading stem cell researchers across Canada from both industry and academia. If it's your first time planning a scientific event it can go a long way on your resume, just ask our previous team! For this role, you should have some prior background knowledge in stem cells and we aim to have 1-2 meetings/month leading up to the event.

We are recruiting a team of Logistic Coordinators (2-4 students) right now:
The logistics coordinators are responsible for ensuring the event runs smoothly and preparing logistics for the event (not including content). Some responsibilities include printing t-shirts, printing workbooks, printing swag bags, finding good swag items, ordering the catering, helping with table layout designs, preparing name tags, training and managing the logistics volunteers on the day of the event, and overlooking logistics operations in the event (ex. registering and directing students, etc.). There will be ongoing support from the head of logistics. The time commitment will average to about an hour a week in the next few months but will pick up a bit closer to the event.

If you are interested in becoming a Content Developer or Logistics Coordinator please email Anthony ( or Ileana ( respectively, with a brief summary of any experience you have that would be relevant for this role by November 20th, 2019. Don't hesitate to ask any questions about the Content Developer position and/or Logistics Coordinator positions.

If you are interested in helping for the event but have less time to commit, we will also be recruiting Breakout Leaders that are only required for the day of the event. Their main role is to guide groups of high school students throughout the activities and answer any questions, both scientific and not. Please email William ( for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Anthony L. Eiliazadeh, M.Eng
StemCellTalks 2020 Symposium Co-Chair
Ph.D Candidate, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Latner Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratories
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